Mandala~ in Retro.

This Post is via invitation of Sindy over at https://bluebutterfliesandme.wordpress.com/   to go Retro  In honour of Mercury Retrograde, Sindy has invited me to re-blog or re-fresh, or re-fresh a post from my archives .. I spent a while choosing which I should share and chose this.. one below.. Why? because I am into my own ‘Creative’ mood again, but I also realise that everything is only on loan..  As we learn to let things Go, and the Monks show us several of the traits I have posted on recently.. Patience, And Balance  as they show us all is in ‘transit’ as we merge and flow within the Universe.. 

Blessings Sue

The Original post can  be found HERE 

Completed Mandala

So what is a Mandala?

The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”.  A Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.

I thoroughly enjoyed painting this one which Shree designed Here . I used watercolours after printing off Shree’s design on some Ivory card which I use for Ink and washes . I commenced my painting starting from the centre. I lit a candle and set my intention and started to paint from the centre outwards.

Mandala

All the time I was painting I was seeing how Shree had cleverly constructed its design, and I used my own intuition as to what colours to paint . Seeing also the various forms which represented to me certain parts of our Earth and Universe..

For instance the wavy lines represented to me the ocean and how it surrounds all our lands, and within how we are made up of the majority of water. The waves also represented our Mass Consciousness joining each element together. The white spots on the blue, both in the centre and around the edges are the planets and stars of the Universe. The Rainbows in each of the four corners are the spectrum of colour found in Water and crystals combining the elements of Earth and Water. The white tear like shapes again is water and how it weaves its way through rivers and streams, our tears and the rain. The Red and Orange represents Fire and Energy, while the four red triangles with the S shape swirl to me represented the Wind of the four corners. Then after I had painted all the colours I went over Shree’s outline again in black paint.

 Even now each time I gaze upon it I see a new element. But for me I just enjoyed being so absorbed within the creation as I blended as one within its flow of energy.

Mandala – Sanskrit word meaning container for essence -energy, circle, totality, completion.

Mandala, is the ‘space’ where the inner and outer worlds meet, a place that can hold and manifest the powerful energy of intention .

Creating a Mandala The internet is full of Beautiful creations of mandalas and their meanings. Just take a look at some Here  

Google Images

Above are some monks who are creating their mandala out of coloured sand After its complete they brush it away, as they symbolise the letting go of the material and the impermanence of this world. They then take the sand to some natural running water so that it can merge with the Earth.

Below is a speeded up version of how Monks created a completed Mandala and its only just over 2 mins long for your to watch. Fascinating. 

 Let the rest of your week be creative as you follow the flow of Life

~Blessings~  Sue ~Dreamwalker 

Balancing The Scales.

Going around WP in my catch ups I was interested in seeing how many times the word Balance was used, It inspired the topic for the this post.

Some WP friends are learning how to balance their lives with illness, while others are balancing their work and home life with their blogging world.

Sometimes its a juggling act, as we try to pull everything together, its no wonder at times we trip up and loose our balance and can feel overwhelmed.

I am sure we have all had that feeling being ‘out of balance’ when we are out of sync with life and instinctively know that if we do not get back on track,the scales will tip either one way or the other.. I have been there more than once.. We get to feel those warning signs, as our emotions well up and the small things in life seem to expand into huge mountains that were once only mole hills..

Achieving balance requires that you assess what is important to you, each of us need to determine where  we are on those scales,. as we juggle our pieces of our life’s puzzle to make sense of where we are. Our modern day life styles can often push us to our limits as we walk our life’s path.    

Every day we make choices, which affectively bring the different aspects of our being together to form the person that we are today.  You know when you are in Balance, for all flows and seems to slot into place..

 Only You can determine what balance means to you..

To me.. I am at last balancing what is most important to me.. I am starting to see that in order to feel in balance, I need to to stop stepping on each side of the scales, trying to bring others into balance…The only scales I can control is the one I stand on.. my own centre..

For one who is empathic, it can be hard to detach, as we see the injustices in our world, but then am I not being judgmental in my own assessment upon my half of the scales.. For to experience this life at all, we need the opposites in order for there to be any middle ground..

Is life not showing us at this present moment the opposites as we see the the neglect, the suffering, the horrors. Is life then not giving us the opportunity to balance the scales, so we can show more compassion and care as we learn to share and give, instead of taking and greed. 

Can we bring back the Balance?

It maybe up to us to shift the balance of the scales, as we each find our own equilibrium. I hope as we each learn to stand in our centres,  that we also help to bring the world back into balance, For I truly believe the world often mirrors our internal turmoil’s.. 

Have you found yourself balancing life’s scales recently? And How have you found your centre?

Love and Blessings

Sue

 

Photo Source Here

A Different Perspective

Depending upon where we are standing in our lives we each of us are looking out from our own vantage point on life. I was looking out of my window the other day at the blossoms on the shrubs and admiring them. I was watching the blackbird gather worms from the lawn to fly back into the bushes to feed his young, when I thought what life from their perspective view point would be like. As they fly backwards and forwards across our garden.

I was in the allotments planting Peas yesterday and Swedes seeds, and unearthed many beetles and spiders as I disturbed their homes.. What a traumatic upheaval for them as their world was destroyed by my digging. And how indifferent we can seem about their plight!

Caterpillar Love  taken in 2013

Caterpillar Love taken in 2013

Seeing the world from another perspective, whether spiritually or mentally, can introduce you to all sorts of hidden treasures. How we react to Insects is an example, as we often hold the fear our parents passed down to us, (and how many more views we hold onto which is passed down  via our upbringing) that is why I try to teach my now 4 yr old Granddaughter not to fear spiders, insects and caterpillars.. And teach her everything has a right to Life, that we are all of us part of a huge chain that interlinks with one another.

Spieders-Web2.jpg

 

Spiders may seem to some fearsome, ugly, and frightening, And yet they manage to weave something so beautiful we could never hope to create, and there is nothing more beautiful than catching a spiders web in the morning light full of dew

There may be at times experiences in life that from your vantage point may seem worrying, confusing and terrifying, we have all been there at some point. Or there may be events that look insignificant from where you are standing right now.

Whatever perspective we view our world from; it’s often good practice to see another’s point of view. Humankind is most often presented as a story about struggle, control, and survival, instead of one of trust and collaboration with the universe. So we grow up believing we must compete instead of co-operate

There are plenty of things that we cannot control, no matter how hard we try. But we can live by our values, which allow us to become a positive source of inspiration for others.

We may not be able to help those in far off places whose lives are a struggle, with conflict and war, or who are adrift in the ocean seeking refuge from the traumas of their own countries, But by simply being yourself, you can help the people in your life see how one person can make a difference by being a living example of consciousness. And we do that by recognizing and acknowledging the inherent value in everyone you encounter. Be it a Human or Insect.. Sometimes, the easiest way to encourage people – even challenging ones – to respect others is to respect them first.

The interconnectedness of all living beings using concrete, everyday examples. Many people are unaware of how their actions affect the world and are intrigued when they learn of the power they hold.

We each of us have that POWER, and we can do that by our own actions and intentions.. We do it by embracing the Positive, encouraging Peace and Tolerance and not allowing ourselves to get caught within the traps being set by Fear..

Love and Blessings

Sue

Busy as a Bee and following your Inner Voice.

I am going to let the pictures tell their own story of what I have been up to this week..

Allotments

Well I have been helping hubby out hoeing the allotments and setting more veggies… I also decided that as I post lots of updates about our gardening this time of year with many photo’s and recipes which are rapidly filling up Dreamwalker’s space, I decided I  would create a new blog entitled Dreamwalker’s Garden.. HERE is where you can find all the picture updates of the allotments, only one post so far, and I will direct followers for future updates.

Blackberry and Apple Jam

So what else has kept me busy?

Well as you can see I set too and made a few pots of Blackberry and Apple Jam.. We had a bumper crops last year of Blackberries which we froze and I need to be using and making space in the freezer. I made Jam in the Autumn, and gave most of the pots of jam away. These will end up as being gifted.

Blackberry Muffins

 

 

Also some Blackberry Muffins.. I hope to add this new recipe I tried out today to my recipe list on my Garden Blog soon.

 

 

I hope if you have time over your own weekend to relax you take some time out to sit within your own thought space, and Listen to that Inner Voice.. I am sure if you listen well it will speak right on back to you.

Below are a few pictures of my home garden. Enjoy and I added a link to my Poem The VOICE.

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend all of you… And enjoy my garden gallery.

Blessings Sue .

Please click on each photo to enlarge.

 

Where I dwell.. In Peace..

 

Hills of Derbyshire Peak

Hills of Derbyshire Peak

I enjoyed reconnecting to the place I grew up in. The Derbyshire Peak District. on May Day. Even though I have now lived away from this beautiful place for more years than I lived there, I still consider it home.

We had a wonderful Lunch at an old haunt of ours called the Barrel Inn..

Barrel Inn

Barrel Inn

This old pub is dated from 1597, it often gets cut off in the snow pictures Here  And I would roam the hills as a child with no thoughts of the dangers as there are today.  Below is a poem I wrote a while ago, but I thought it went well with the photo’s I have taken recently.. I hope you enjoy.. 

  

Peace it the place I dwell..

Up in the mountains… casting a spell

Of tranquil bliss, where Eagles soar

Away from man’s roar..

The Hills around where I grew up.

The Hills around where I grew up, the view from the Barrel Inn

Peace is the heart of natures Bliss

A rivers tears and dewdrop kiss

A leaf that floats across the sky

The smell of Earth, I ask her why

Wild Primroses

Wild Primroses

I feel her lonely heartbeat score…

I close my eyes……I feel Peace.. And More…

Peace is the quiet breath in early morn

When one opens your eyes to early dawn

Spring Lambs

Spring Lambs

When shadows no longer hold the dark

But when Peace is filled in Dawns red Heart..

Listen to the song of early light

When birds rise bringing their delight

Into a Day they worry not how to survive

But they Sing their joy as on wings they dive

Peace is the closed eyelids of a babies sleep

A mother’s love in whose arms she keeps

them tight and safe within slumbered dreams

I close my eyes…. I feel Peace … And More….

Bamford Wier

Bamford Wier A Painting of Mine.

Peace is the sweep of artists brush

As colours create the mountain hush

As clouds roll by on heavens sky

Peace is the shooting star that falls from high

But the best of these is as you close your eyes

As you hear the silence of your inward sighs

Listen now to the Peace within

as your mind is emptied of cutter and din

For I close my eyes ….

I feel Peace….

And More……………………..

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2012 -2015 All rights reserved.

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