Category Archives: art

Making A Mandala

This is a very simple and fun way to get started making mandalas. You can color them and do whatever you like.

Traditional Buddhist mandalas are much more complex, using colors, the elements, and the directions of north, south, east, and west to represent the transformation of difficult emotions into something useful.

Humanity Rising

This image has come to mind over and over during our current circumstances. I did this in college after 9/11. It was a mixed media project – scratch board, paper, & ink. I started drafting this post with this image on 4/27/2020 during COVID and then resumed it after the George Floyd killing.

This piece is titled Humanity Rising and at the moment it seems more relevant than ever. We are in the midst of a long overdue conversation. Voices that have been oppressed for far too long might finally be heard. There is no curtain to draw back any longer. That curtain is torn and tattered beyond repair. There is nowhere to hide – all the ugly is here for everyone to see.

We are in a moment of massive collective growth. The potential for incredible transformation is before us.

It is time to shine the light into all those dark corners once and for all. Then healing can truly begin.

WHOLE = When Healing Occurs Love Exists
(from my growing Acronym Dictionary)

I want to stay aligned with my commitment to contribute to the calm and not the chaos. I want to stay aligned with love inside of all that is happening so that I continue to learn, to listen, and to take right action.

There will be a better day on the other side of all this. I am starting to feel and envision what it could be like. If we can see it – it will happen.

What is your vision for the world?


Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves.

If those aren’t enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.
~ Tao te Ching

Many more resources for learning:

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Om Namah Shivaya

“You experience the integrity of all world languages through the vibration of Sanskrit language
through chanting.”
~ Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati

I absolutely love Sanskrit mantras because they contain so much, each syllable is a world. This mantra is so simple, yet so powerful. It is one of the few that has very few restrictions or rituals. It can be said at any time, aloud or silently.

While it is sometimes difficult to get a direct translation, basically, I bow to the supreme reality (or inner godself). This mantra embodies powerful healing for physical and mental ailments, and for the
healing of the planet. Peace to the heart, joy to the soul, sound therapy to the body, nectar to the Atman or soul.

This track is a brand new version somewhat like I do in sound meditations live with looping.
*best through headphones or good speakers!*

In the graphic I tried to show a few of the major correlations – to the chakras, the senses, and the elements. I changed the
orientation of the words/syllables to better match up with the chakras they correspond to.

As you chant this mantra envision each syllable at the chakra it relates to.

Another visual study, Connections to the Cosmos, can be found here.

Connections to the Cosmos

I have been working on this poster for a few years. It started as a small sketch that I reworked many times over. It ended up a full blown 14″ x17″ drawing that I have no way to scan at the moment. So I reworked it yet again into digital form. Pretty different, oh well.

I wanted to see all the ways that music connected to the various aspects of creation. There is still some debate as to how specific notes align with chakras etc. but I’m using what I have found at this point in time and am in no way claiming absolute authority here. For me it’s kind of a fun way to embed meaning and aspects into writing something. I hope you enjoy and find something in it for yourself. To be continued.