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Marion L. Rhyne

In March of 2017 I was in the spotlight of the newsletter on the following website.

 

 

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Mandala Certificate Program Alumni Spotlight: Marion Rhyne

I took the Mandala Certificate Program for my own learning. But as I have realized in life, what I learn ‘just for me’ I end up sharing with others. ‘ Entering the Circle’, the first part of the 3 part program, was so engaging. The Great Round of the Mandala was a poignant reminder of the passing of time as well as the beginnings and endings of many tasks in life. As an 81 year old learner I look back on these stages of the Great Round and see ‘where I am” and ‘where I’ve been’ over and over again and come to many realizations.

The second part, ‘Engaging The Circle’ deepened my learning through independent study and allowed time for work on individual projects. I especially enjoyed this. The third part, ‘Integrating the Circle’ included further studies of the Great Round, Carl Jung , understanding colors and many other topics as well as the presentation of the projects of students.

In this program you are encouraged to go where you are led and to experience the making of mandalas in your own personal way. Fiber art was ‘my way’. I’m working on a book, “Meditations using Fiber Art Mandalas.” Through my work with youth I saw their enjoyment using other media. Now I make mandalas with many different media. My latest is alcohol inks. I continue to make mandalas, 2 or 3 a week and do workshops for youth. I write curriculum for Wonders of God presentations. The latest is A WONDER OF GOD, CIRCLES, Mandalas have led me down a path I would never have dreamed of taking.

When I showed my 98-year-old father my mandalas he thought they were very pretty. He’s my father. Of course he would think that. But then came the questions: “What are they used for?” or “What good are they?” He was from the generation where everything had to have a utilitarian purpose.

As an educator and theologian, I have worked with youth to understand mandalas and use them in their worship and meditation time. A culminating activity one year was a book each created containing their mandalas using certain scriptures suitable for meditation. They wrote their understanding of the scriptures or thoughts on their meditation to go with the mandala. Another activity: After students walk the labyrinth during Vacation Bible School, they are encouraged to draw their feelings on a mandala. This continues their meditation.

I use my mandalas to help others and myself get in touch with our being, to bring healing by calming us, to understand our way of life and to bring enjoyment in this process of creation This is what I should have told my father.
To see the books the youth have made and some other fiber art mandalas check my website.