This my latest crystal mandala layout – for Focus. I moved the table away from its previous position beside my crystal collection as I felt the grouped crystals interfered with the energy of the crystal mandala and its intent of focus. It feels heaps better in its new position under my spider drum and Shamanic Power painting (see photo below).
Later I’m going to try my hand at talking about the crystals I’ve worked with using my new tablet, so won’t go into details of this today.
I get a poem and photo in my inbox every day from Panhala, a Yahoo group, which started up when I lived in the UK in 2003. These posts really light my day, a wonderful selection of poetry, so I’m going to reprint one here relevant to my love of crystals, rocks and stones:
Go inside a stone That would be my way. Let somebody else become a dove Or gnash with a tigers tooth. I am happy to be a stone.
From the outside the stone is a riddle: No one knows how to answer it. Yet within, it must be cool and quiet Even though a cow steps on it full weight, Even though a child throws it in a river; The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed To the river bottom Where the fishes come to knock on it And listen.
I have seen sparks fly out When two stones are rubbed, So perhaps it is not dark inside after all; Perhaps there is a moon shining From somewhere, as though behind a hill Just enough light to make out The strange writings, the star-charts On the inner walls.
I got a bit fed up with my workroom as it felt cluttered, dark and stagnant. So I bought three coloured stands (including, of course, on in purple!), booted out a couple of boring stands, and brightened up the place.
I also moved my crystal mandala table from its previous position close to my shelves full of crystals to its own space under my drum and Woman of Power artwork. I felt when the table was close to the crystal collection that the stones on the shelves interfered with the focus of the crystal mandalas I create on the glass table, and it actually feels are lighter and more focused in its new position.
My whole workspace feels much brighter and more energised.
I returned to a painting I created a couple of decades ago when I was working on healing my relationship with my father as he’d slipped into an alcoholic decline. I loved the original acrylic art but, when I showed it to another artist, her comment “Oh, yes, we all do this as beginners” left me feeling really deflated. I gave the painting away but had a photo of it and eventually decided that the worst thing I’d done was listen to a small-minded artist who gave destructive rather than constructive comments. Anyhow, this week I finally decided to stop making excuses for my father and this is the result – a final return to my original painting and putting the past behind me with new growth ahead.
Sometimes you can fiddle for ages with a photo until it feels right. The above image, on the other hand, emerged with only a bit of playing around with the gizmos on PicMonkey. To me it represents a Cathedral of Light, a gift to humanity from the tree elementals which were part of the original image of an avenue of trees.
I created this piece of acrylic artwork when I lived in Australia and it’s always seemed a bit dull to me, so I returned to it today to add more life.
I think, metaphorically speaking, it also represents me returning to life and the magick, sparkles and glitter of the wonderful Planet Earth on which we live.
I’ve been feeling out of sorts for ages, depressed, tired and lethargic. Last summer’s heat here in North Cyprus (40C most days through late July- early September) really did a number on me; I’ve had a few kidney infections; a lousy bout of the ‘flu which lasted about 5-6 weeks in early January, plus a stomach bug.
I’ve come to realise that one thing which really kicks me in the gut and starts off kidney trouble is animal abuse and cruelty which turns up out of the blue in Facebook posts as well as the terrible images of refugees and asylum seekers seeking shelter and safety. I have taken steps to minimise this as much as possible for self-preservation and my physical health.
I can tend to be a serious person, and god knows there’s plenty of suffering in the world to take very seriously. But today I realised I’d lost touch with the fact that there are stars in the sky, there are star songs which surround us at unknown levels, there is so much love around, so many people doing good deeds and spreading kindness, lovely art, good people, laughter, joy and happiness if you care to be open to it, and suddenly I felt the power of magic in my life again.
So to return to my original artwork, I’ve added colour at the centre to represent the power of a strong, loving heart, feathers in two corners to represent the flight of hope, Swarovski flatback crystals for the magick in our lives, tiny rose quartz chips in two corners to represent loving kindness, and of course glitter abounds to represent the stars, the starstuff within us and the power within all of us to sing the stars to earth.
I adapted this piece of digital art from an acrylic painting I created in New South Wales, before I moved to North Cyprus.
I called this art “Loving Kindness” as I have just read a post on Humans of New York regarding the loss of Susie, the senior dog who lit the lives of Brandon Stanton, who runs HONY, and his partner, Erin. Inspired by Susie, Erin founded Susie’s Senior Dogs which finds kind, loving homes for senior dogs so they can live out their lives surrounded by love, care and kindness.
It’s a reminder to me that, despite all the cruelty and appalling actions of so many on this planet, these acts of unkindness are far outweighed by those like Brandon and Erin who create good in the world, often go unmentioned, but nevertheless shine the beacon of loving kindness on those in need, seeking shelter, needing love and empathy, and so on.
May we celebrate loving kindness wherever it shines its light and watch that light extinguish the darkness which fades through the power of love.