Sunday, December 29, 2013

Great Round of Mandala - Stages 11 & 12

Stage 11 - Falling Apart
Stage 11 was a hard one with so much going on in my life at the time.  Meetings and personal issues all emphasized the "falling apart" aspect of this month.  I even broke my glasses.  Arge!
Mandala of Fragmentation
Mandalas of Scratch Art &
Least Favorite Color
Stage 12 was such a huge relief.  Meetings over, the holiday season began seeping into the cracks and s-l-o-w-l-y it all settled down into quiet.  I honestly felt like I was "Opening to Grace."
Stage 12 - Opening to Grace
Mandala of the Winter Solstice
The Solstice brought some special gifts for me.  Inclusion and acceptance.  In a very unexpected way, I was able to hold a releasing ceremony and honor the solstice.  I am incredibly grateful that it turned out as it did instead of holding on to the expectations I'd locked myself into.

So.  That pretty well wraps up the 2013 Great Round of Mandala course I was in.  There's one last chapter in the workbook that I'll be reading and working on.  I don't know if I'll be sharing that or not.

2014 will be a solo journey.  Expenses are rising but my salary is not, so I cannot pay for any online classes and I don't have anyone here to share the experience with.  That's the problem with being older when you finally give yourself permission to tear down some walls and see what lies on the other side.

The plan is to work on my own with another Book of Days (as I did for 2012) and exploring the concept of the Goddess along with regular art journaling.  I may get myself back into writing, too.  We'll have to see what happens.

May you all have a wonderful New Year and I wish you health, prosperity (not necessarily in money, but in other delightful ways), and magic in 2014.


UPDATE: 12/31/2013 - Julie Gibbson, our fearless leader in the Great Round course informed me that in a Random Act of Kindness, one of my fellow participants has paid my tuition for the 2014 Great Round of Mandala class!  Whoot!  Thank you - whoever you are!!!!  Stand by for more art posts in 2014.

**dances down the hall**