"I can hardly find the words to describe how it affects me to look at it. I can feel the healing energy and it touches me very deeply. Thank you for creating tangent pieces of healing for the world. Blessing on you and peace to Dr. Ed's soul." Anne Mascelli
Here is the secret to Mandalas: Draw a circle. Fill it with love and hope. Your work is done.
Or it may be the beginning of your work.
Often I draw mandalas for friends and send them off, but one day I sat down a drew a design to make out of stained glass.
The last time I saw my friend in public he walked slowly away from our booth carrying a bag with a mandala.
In his memory, I name the design after him.
His wife and two daughters leave our booth carrying a bag with two mandalas.
A woman I never met before leaves our booth with tears in her eyes and a mandala. She has handed me her story of cancer taking a loved one and gratitude for my work.
Friends of Ed hang mandalas in their homes.
My work place is dedicating a space to the man and a mandala will be there.
I love to say that I joined twitter to sell our craft, but instead I ran into jazz musicians. Recently a jazz singer, Andrea Wolper made it known to me that she was interested in buying some stained glass. I thought it was for herself, but when she chose a piece, I found out it was for a friend. Now what is the chance that her friend would happen to be a spiritual director, who has been to a place I blog about often. Anne Mascelli has kindly let me quote her recent e-mails.
"The more I look at the mandala the more it draws me in. I feel like it somehow expresses who I am at a very deep level. I think it is a testament to the connection Andrea and I have, from over 20 years of friendship, that she chose this mandala for me. I think I will be seeing more and more in it for a very long time." Anne MascelliThe Jesuits ask me to imagine things, so how about this---- One day I am sitting at a table sharing spiritual journeys with Anne, when the lights dim, Andrea begins to sing, and Dr Ed's soul smiles upon us.
Like I said, "draw a circle..."