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Living Green episode 39: Sacred Art Mandalas at Lightning in a Bottle

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Scott O'Keefe is the founder of Emerald Installations, an art collective based in Berkeley, California that specializes in the creation of mandalas at festivals across the United States.  These beautiful mandalas are created using materials from the site of the festival as well as "day old" flowers from places like Trader Joes.   The art collective creates these sacred mandalas to bring prayer and ritual to music festivals and specifically to create a bridge into sacred consciousness.  Attendees meditate, participate and create together to connect deeply with Mother Earth at the site of these mandalas and thus experience extraordinary spiritual awakenings through their involvement.

Scott and his team have co-created organic installations at various festivals and institutes throughout the United States including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Power to the Peaceful,  Joshua Tree,  Island Festival and many gatherings at the Esalen Institute.  He is available to hire for weddings, ceremonies and sacred conferences or rituals.  Scott can be reached at [email protected]  or found on the web at http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=16404902


More information on Mandalas:

Mandala is a sanskrit word that means "containing" -- it is a geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas are created for focusing energy, spiritual teaching tools and to establish a sacred space to enhance meditation and trance induction. Its symbolic nature can help one to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as "a representation of the unconscious self," and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.