Thursday, October 9, 2008
Several years back, I learned about the power of chant through a workshop by Jim Donovan called "The Yoga of Drum and Chant." Chanting creates sound vibrations in your body that can create great spiritual, mental and physical healing.
Once I experienced how powerful chanting could be, I couldn't get enough of it- reading books like Russill Paul's "The Yoga of Sound", and Thomas Ashley Farrand's "Healing Mantras."
Out of all of the sacred mantras I have learned, the one for me that seems to have always seemed to hold most intense power of manifestation is the Tibetan Healing Mantra, "Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung."
Repeating a mantra for a sustained amount of time, while charging it with specific intent is the way to activate the energy that is associated with that mantra. Whether for healing, abundance, or to remove obstacles in your life, each mantra is a "sound prayer."
To quote Hazrat Inayat Khan in his book The "Music of Life",
"Sound plus intent equals manifestation."
This particular mandala was created with a specific intent to heal those who needed it. If you need healing in your life, than I dedicate it to you as well.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This morning I noticed that people were arriving at my blog after searching for the term "Drawing with a Lamy 2000."
While I write an awful lot, I also draw as often as possible.
In my experience, I've found that firmer nibbed fountain pens are easier for drawing than those that have some level of flex. This being said, I found that my Pelikan M200 and Lamy 2000 weren't the best pens I've tried to draw with.
I like to use my Lamy Safari's for drawing and doodling. I feel that the firm nibs allow for more control and flow - and the notched grip seems to help maintain control of the pen as well.
I suppose this is one of those "YMMV" (your mileage may vary) types of situations, because I'm sure that there are many different kinds of fountain pens that people enjoy drawing with.
Another mandala drawn with a Lamy Safari. Nib is a custom .05 Cursive Italic ground by Pendemonium. Ink is Private Reserve's Arabian Rose.