Spirals have been an ongoing challenge. The idea started when I was in Portugal. In the mind, it seemed very easy. But it did take some time researching and trying. I ended up with two different spirals but none really expressing what I had in mind, but I had to accept it and move on to something else. Until the urge came back again…
…. and I got drawn into it again.
Looking up at the symbolic meaning of the spiral, “Spirals are one of the oldest symbols. They symbolize the slow reveal of things that are hidden. It can mean growth and evolution. They could represent people coming back to the same point in their life, but with new and better kinds of understanding. The symbol of the spiral can push the viewer to be flexible and have trust when things change.” Spiral Meaning sunsigns.org
and the colors of the Rainbow bring the promise that the troubles today will surely come to pass, holding strong in our faith, vision and heart purpose allowing for fresh beginnings and new prosperity. Universe of Symbolism
The second time, it happened by chance. I had prepared the circle with lines to venture on a new design I had in mind, but the more I was letting the pencil move forward the more I recognized the Spiral that I envisioned but was not able to express the first time. And when that happened I was stuck as it gave birth to other ideas of how to continue with the drawing, like in a crossroad I needed to choose which path to follow. Undecided I left it there for a while. When I finally picked it up again I realized that unless I tried all the possibilities I could not continue. The first paper became the sketch and a melting pot. Some looked really nice and some not so good. That gave me clarity. So then I prepared the structure for each of the design that came out of that concoction, ready to color at the right time.
One day, thinking I had it all prepared and set up and that it was going to take me little time, I set out to do the first drawing, which I thought was the easiest one. I wanted to finish coloring it by the time the natural light goes out of the room….. bah plenty of time…..
After 8 hours without almost stopping, I was still coloring away getting really anxious and nervous and literally a spiral of different emotions growing within me. On one side the mind determined to finish no matter what, my inner being making me feel this was not the way, and instead of being a meditative practice, it was a war between inner and outer self.(?) What was the outcome? You can just imagine it, one second the hand slipped away and spread the ink across the paper, leaving a great black scar. 8 hours of work vanished in no time, leaving me with an empty day, but what a great lesson! When I actually looked at the drawing it reflected everything I was going through, confusion. But that was exactly what I needed to experiment, again the Universe knows his pupils!!
After those practices now I have been able to calmly finish the first Mandala and fulfill one of the visions. The happiness with the result is a consequence of the healing that has occurred while drawing it. Such is The Power of Mandala