Simplicity, Enso, Mandala

acrylic, collage, ink on w/c paper, 10 X 11″

Your troubles will disappear like bubbles into the simplicity of the moment.  Simplicity?  Where is that? In the pattern, in cutting on the fold and arranging in circles and sitting quietly? Or in the energy of swirls and movement, of sliding down through the folds and into the spaces which arrange themselves, always wanting to be simple, but so often snarling into  knots.


Untie and dye yourself red for life’s blood, for the fire of constant growth. 

Take hold of the mala now, let simplicity descend like a blanket.  Be happy, peaceful and free from suffering.

“The soul is a circle” -Plato

Last Tuesday’s Muse lesson was meant to be a simple one.  Start by covering the paper with newsprint, tissue dress patterns (Simplicity brand), or other text/music with only limited image collage.  Then glaze over it with diluted acrylic or ink to mute it.  When dry follow that with circular markings in ink or acrylic to represent the Enso or Mandala, symbol of wholeness.

Enso, the Japanese word meaning “circle” symbolizing the Absolute, enlightenment, strength, the Universe and the Void – an expression of the moment when the mind is free to let the body/spirit create.

And Mandala, the Sanskrit word for circle, containing the inner and outer worlds, the everywhere in nature, the entirety.

An old piece of sheet music got in there in the first layer with the words “your troubles will disappear like bubbles”.  Ever put your thoughts in bubbles (they’re a type of Enso!) and let them float away and pop.  Seems like good advise to me.

Or take Albert Einstein’s advise when he said, “An attempt at visualizing the Fourth Dimension:  Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the sphere.”. . .  and enter the moment when the mind is free to let the body/spirit create.


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