'Balancing Masculine and Feminine' is a mandala honoring the opening of the second chakra whose element is water. Swadisthana is the home of our sexuality and unconscious emotional memories that can raise such havoc in a relationship when this energy center is blocked. In this mandala, guardian dolphin frolic in the sea around a garden of spectacular lotus blossoms that are symbolic of beauty and purity growing out of the mud. From a Tantric point of view, even the most base emotions can be transformed into higher consciousness through dedicated yoga practice.
If you are still looking for the love of your life, there may be hope in the words of a wise Tantric master who once said, 'To find your soul mate first go within,' meaning we do not have to search the world over to find our beloved. In this tradition, when we have learned to balance and harmonize our inner divine masculine (method) and feminine (wisdom) principles, then true love will inevitably follow in the outer.
Nadean O'Brien, Huntington Beach, CA Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement I WAS BORN CREATIVE, but as a child showed little interest in drawing or painting. My parents who had met at an art gallery sustained hope I would follow in the footsteps of my talented aunt noted for her lovely landscapes. I, however, had other worlds to explore before discovering the beautiful and sensuous meditative art of Asia and Tibet as well as the work of Carl Jung who introduced the "personal mandala" to the western world. Here was art with power, passion and purpose, the art of self-realization and enlightenment, an art form that caught my imagination and gave my life focus almost two decades ago!
As I picked up my brush and began to paint, I became caught up in my own transformation to artist/healer and teacher, expressing this metamorphosis on canvas in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist symbolism depicting the sacred union of our inner masculine and feminine. The mystical "yab yum" (literally father mother) is often mistaken to represent human sexuality, but instead portrays graphically the inner wholeness or balance we must first achieve to realize our highest human potential. This ancient message is still relevant today.
More recently, fate and fortune have provided for expression of my particular talents and skills via digital painting rather than acrylic paint and canvas. With great joy and excitement, I watch a new generation of my unique mandalas evolving in a medium that is ideally suited by its added depth and dimension to spiritual art. I will continue to share my love and passion as before.
My artwork has been displayed at Mills College, Esalen, Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, and Chopra Centers throughout the United States as well as in private collections and corporate settings the world over.