"Eyes of the Goddess" honors the all-seeing, all-knowing compassion of the Divine Mother. It also celebrates the opening of the "Third Eye" or Ajna ("ag-nyah") Chakra. In the Buddhist tradition, the peacock's "100-eyed tail" represents compassionate watchfulness. For the practitioner of Tantric Kriya Yoga, when the energy is flowing freely up the spine to the sixth chakra, there is a feeling of having arrived at a mountaintop after a long climb. The air is clear and crisp with an expanded sense of space and freedom. One understands things directly without logic or reason and, better still, can see through those illusions the preclude attaining the heart's desire.
OM is the mantra of Ajna Chakra and the winged globe is its yantra or symbol, an emblem of the imagination that can fly anywhere beyond the limits of time and space. The guardians of the inner place include the winged globe and 24 jeweled lotus flowers, each adorned with a sparkling crystal, again depicting the sacred union of masculine and feminine principles and the possibility of enlightenment in a lifetime.
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.