Sunday, April 26, 2015

View from my Tent - Singing Bowls and Inspirational Mandalas

 Reflection of Self

Now that my show season is starting it is time to begin this fun series of posts where I feature other artist I meet at shows. Last week I had a table at the International Therapeutic Touch Conference at Cedarbrook Lodge in Seatac. First of all, wow what a place!! A relaxing spa right near the airport. Have to remember that next time I have an early flight out. 

The conference attracted healing practitioners from all over the world. I am pleased to say that my jewelry went home with folks from eastern Canada, the southeastern U.S, Alaska and Australia! I also learned all sorts of interesting things and was treated to the sound of Tibetan Singing Bowls. You can learn more about them and how they are used for healing at the website of one of the vendors, Arizona Sound and Music Therapy Institute.

I also met Shabenna Helsley, Inspire Me Mandalas, and learned about her gorgeous mandalas. Mandalas are a unique and handmade form of spiritual art which incorporate color, design, and shapes to create emotion, healing and interest. The word "mandala" comes from the Indian language, Sanskrit, meaning "circle". This primordial shape symbolizes many qualities such as unity, wholeness, perfection and divinity and has been prevalent in most cultures around the world. The center of the mandala represents our spirit or awareness. 

Award-winning "Wisdom" mandala being painted precisely with fine brushes using  acrylic paints.
Shabeena takes you on a tour of her process via a video on her website. As she creates she draws from a very long tradition. Each stroke, color, shape has connection to the Chakras, geometry and numerology. Her work is extremely intricate and beautiful. Once you watch her informative video you will see mandalas everywhere!
Inspire Me
She even offers workshops where you can create your very own personal mandala.See and learn more at

Abundance (Sweet)
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