To Inspire, Transform & Heal

Linda Wiggen Kraft
Creativity for the Soul

A Month for Mandalas – LIGHT – part 1

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou

mandala-blog-kaleidagram-witch-hazel-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogKaleidagram* Mandala of Witch Hazel

For those new to a month for mandalas – please open this link and read the beginning of  blog which explains it all.



There is light from within and light that shines upon us. Our light comes from deep within our soul, from the womb of our being. It is us, our essence, our truth, our guide and our strength.

mandala-blog-LIGHT-witch-hazel-1-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogWitch Hazel blooming at Missouri Botanical Garden 2-3-17

Where do we find this inner light? It begins in being and is felt as love. It is found in our heart center and spreads to all parts of our body and beyond. It is a love that permeates each cell of our body and extends beyond our bodies outward. Some say it is a spark of Creator that lives within us all.

mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-2-kaleidagram-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogKaleidagram* Mandala of Witch Hazel

As light from our sun grows each day in the northern hemisphere it calls to us to grow our light from within. The growth of greening, blossoms and leaves is taking place already.

mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-3-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogWitch Hazel blooming at Missouri Botanical Garden 2-3-17

On February 1, the midpoint of winter solstice and spring equinox the Celtic celebration of Imbolc, and the honoring of Goddess Bridget take place signaling the stirrings of winter to spring.


mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-4-kaleidagram-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogKaleidagram* Mandala of Witch Hazel

There are small signs of spring where I live. The flowers of Witch Hazel, hamamelis, are blooming. No other flowers are to be seen. The calling from the longer light to the womb of Mother Earth gives birth to this green and growing. The warmth wakes up the insects and bees, who are welcomed by the flowers.

mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-4-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogWitch Hazel blooming at Missouri Botanical Garden 2-3-17

The allure of the flowering Witch Hazel called to me as I strolled the gardens of the Missouri Botanical Garden and visited the native Witch Hazel I planted a few years ago in my garden.

mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-kaleidagram-5-blog-creativity-for-the-soulKaleidagram* Mandala of Witch Hazel in my backyard

I feel the same stirring of longer light and warmth, and the stirring to increase my light within. Becoming one with the beauty of creation stirs the heart, increases light. One way of becoming “one with” is to focus through the heart onto nature, feeling waves of joy, awe and love towards a part of nature, the other. In turn there are waves of beauty, power and purity that come to you from the other. An entrainment harmonizing both takes places. An exchange of light lets both become one.

mandala-blog-light-witch-hazel-5-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogNative Witch Hazel blooming in my backyard  2-6-17

These flowers shining in the light and the photo mandalas of them stir my soul with a feeling of love toward their beauty. May they stir your soul too.

Creativity Prompt
Let the light of the sun and the stirrings of the earth be your inspirations. Create a mandala with art materials or materials from nature.

mandala-blog-light-prairie dream-christine-torlina-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogChristine Torlina – Prairie Dreams Mandala –
Photos of native prairie seeds she spread recently on a friend’s land.

Let the words of Mary Oliver, Rumi and Maya Angelou be guides:

“Is there anything more loyal than the sun?” ~Mary Oliver

“If light is in your heart you will find your way home”  ~ Rumi

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”  ~ Maya Angelou

Mandala Meditation – LIGHT




Let this blog inspire your creativity and help your light shine even brighter.

Please share the mandalas and art journaling you create by sending an email with attachments of your art. Please use a high resolution – which can be a smart phone camera – with enough surroundings in the photo.  I can easily crop the image.  Please send to linda (at)  Please use the @ sign and no spaces.


*Kaliedagram photos are created on a smart phone. Kaliedagram is one of four smart phone camera apps created by my son. This one creates kaleidoscope images from photo file and creates new ones.  Here is a link for iPhone and for Android.








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