SACRED CIRCLES.

A BOOK ABOUT THE MANDALA BY CONTEMPORARY ARTIST BARRY STEVENS

Updated Autumn 2009

Here is some information about a small book that I originally wrote in the late '90's and have updated Autumn 2009.
It has several sections as listed below. The Index, Introduction and Section 1 can be viewed on this web site.

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INDEX

INTRODUCTION (3 SIDES).
Considers the inspiration which underlies and overlights mandala art.

THE MANDALA IS A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF THE ONE.
VISUALISATION OF UNITY
ACTIVATES THE PROCESS OF PURIFICATION.
THE MANDALA SYMBOLISES THE CENTRE OF CONSCIOUSNESS,
WHICH IS THE BEGINNING AND THE END,
THE LIGHT OF WISDOM.
(BS 1975)

SECTION I (8 SIDES).
Includes sub sections on INDIA and IONA, how the author came to paint mandalas,
and how Mandala Prints came into being.

Mandalas are universal symbols and are found all over the world. As an art form and as aid to meditative practices they are particularly prevalent in Indian and Tibetan cultures. If you travel in India you will find mandalas everywhere in the sacred art of the temples and their architecture and also in art, design, crafts and creative expression in general.

SECTION II GALLERY (31 SIDES).
Includes (15) colour designs, (8) black and white designs and accompanying commentary.

SECTION III WORKSHOP

(22 SIDES...4 sides of designs and 8 of writing - extended Autumn 2009).
Explores the process of creating a mandala, in the context of artistic expression and meditation.
There are many approaches to drawing and painting mandalas and I would like to put forward the idea that it is very much a matter of each individual exploring their own creative process. Before working with mandalas I was very interested in creative expression in general and the visual arts in particular.

SECTION IV THE WHOLING HEALING JOURNEY (6 sides - extended Autumn 2009).
A general overview which considers the mandala as part of the wholing and healing process.

“There is a power in the Universe working for enlightenment and liberation.
We call it Sadashiva, who is ever present in the hearts of men
. It is the unifying factor. Unity liberates. Freedom unites.”
“Just be one with yourself and you will be one with all, at home in the entire universe.”
(Nisargadatta Maharaj)

SECTION V OLD WRITINGS/POEMS (7 sides).
A collection of mystical and philosophical writings
from the '70's and '80's.

When there is silence,
a higher vibration is attained,
than when there are words.
Silence, emptiness and stillness,
communicate the Truth more completely,
than any externalised word or deed.
The “Tao Te Ching” says,
“Better stop short than fill to the brim.”

REFERENCES BOOK LIST ETC

81 pages in total.

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