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David J Bookbinder

Flower Mandalas

by David J. Bookbinder

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I work as a psychotherapist, primarily with artists, gifted children, and people with addictive behaviors.

My motivation in creating these images was to heal from a decade of physical and emotional trauma, the consequence of a near-fatal event in Albany, New York, in 1993. I began this project shortly after buying my first digital camera and found myself shooting patterns of color and light, rather than the people and buildings I had shot in my black-and-white days. I learned to manipulate the images, hoping at first merely to improve them, but soon realizing that once an image file was on my hard drive, I could do anything I wanted with it. My choice of the hexagram (the Star of David, "beloved" in Hebrew) as the organizing shape for these mandalas was subconscious, but I believe this choice was no accident. In many traditions, the Star of David, composed of two overlapping triangles, represents the reconciliation of opposites: male/female, fire/water, and so on. Their combination symbolizes unity and harmony. Listening to what the mandalas were telling me led me out of a dark place and, indirectly, to my decision to become a psychotherapist.

Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, believed mandalas are a pathway to the essential Self and used them in his own personal transformation. In a small way, as both mandala artist and psychotherapist, I carry on Jung's tradition. I display several of the flower mandalas in my treatment room, and from time to time they become part of discussions with clients. The combination of natural elements and digital manipulation seems both to stimulate and to relax them. I hope these images will further the process of harnessing the power of art to heal and transform.

 

Dying Amaryllis III Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange Daylily Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

California Poppy Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Globe Thistle Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Clematis Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange Gazania III Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange Gazania I Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange Dahlia Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange and Yellow Sunflower Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Red and Yellow Dahlia IV Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Iris Germanica Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Iceland Poppy Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis I Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Giant White Dahlia Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Pansy II Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Red Clematis I Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Fragaria Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Pansy I Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Beach Rose IV Flower Mandala by David J Bookbinder

 

Beach Rose I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Pansy I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Morning Glory II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Asiatic Lily II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Globe Thistle I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Dying Amaryllis III Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Deep Orange Marigold V Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Daylily I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Bowl of Beauty Peony II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Dandelion Head I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Dying Amaryllis VII Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Fragaria Pink Panda I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Galliardia Arizona Sun I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Giant White Dahlia I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Iceland Poppy II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Iris Germanica I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Light Red Zinnia Elegans V Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Orange and Yellow Sunflower I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Beach Rose IV Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Clematis I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Beach Rose II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

California Poppy I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Blue Pansy II Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Red and Yellow Dahlia IV Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Red and Yellow Dahlia III Flower Mandala Whtie by David J Bookbinder

 

Red and White Amaryllis VII Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Red and White Amaryllis IV Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder

 

Queen Annes Lace I Flower Mandala White by David J Bookbinder