Meditation Mandalas

Originally derived from Hindu circular depictions of deities, mandalas in Western spiritual traditions have come to signify meditative drawings that use a circle format. When first introduced to this way of praying with my hands, I felt I had come home. To reflect divinity spinning like the earth, sun and moon, rather than "right side up". To allow the mandala to form as clay on a wheel, spiralling from an unseen source into being. The perfect centering tool.

In early summer 1998, while healing from two nasty falls and a couple of cracked ribs, I found myself in a place of scattered discouragement. I looked at my art supplies, picked up a rapidograph pen and filled it with black india ink. Not since art school had I been interested in doing pen-and-ink dot drawings. They take an inordinate amount of time, but now time was my greatest I began to draw mandalas, dot-by-dot. I respected the gradual unfolding of each image with no judgements or plans, often finding myself surprised at what emerged. Somehow I knew when the drawing was complete--when it had said all it needed to say--and I would start another.

When my body was healed, the drawings were done. I offer them here as windows into each person's spirit. I give them no names that you might circle your depths freely, with no preconceptions. Just click on a drawing to see it enlarged.




©1998 Patricia Lay-Dorsey. Please use with attribution.

* Three of these drawings can be found in Sustaining Voices, an anthology of women's spiritual journeys, published in 1998 by WOMANSPIRIT, 867 Victoria Ave., Windsor, Ontario  N9A4N5, Canada.

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