Welcome, all my artist and creative friends from the Coloring in Style coloring book! I appreciate you, and I’m so glad you’re here!
I’ve been drawing, creating, and coloring for years, although I only now feel comfortable calling myself an artist. (I share that just in case you’re uncomfortable with claiming the title of artist for yourself. I bet my bottom dollar that you, too, are creative and are an artist.)
I’ve always loved the intricate designs of mandalas, and I’ve been collecting pictures and exploring drawing and coloring my own for years.
This Gateway Mandala was something I created back in 2010 as I was exploring certain concepts, passions, and was truly important to me. Here is my original drawing:
The idea was that these four gateways were gateways into my soul. What I envision for you as you play with your creativity and coloring tools, is that you explore different ideas for these four gateways. Color your page, and then write in whatever comes to mind (or to your soul) to put into those four gateways. Maybe they’re your top passions, values, core beliefs, themes for the year, or something else completely different.
It’s up to you and how you embrace your creativity and your soul.
A little more about mandalas….
Mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” While mandalas can take many forms and designs, the basic form of many Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a large circle with a square, and four openings, or gates, on each side of the square.
These designs have spiritual and ritual significance, and are used for a variety of purposes, mainly meditative and focusing of attention.
According to the psychologist David Fontana, mandalas’ symbolic nature 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.” Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to work towards wholeness in personality.
I’m really excited that you have a copy of Coloring in Style and that you’re exploring all these wonderful designs from my friends and from me. (If you don’t have a copy and you want one, you can get yours here!)
I would love to see what you create with the Gateway Mandala coloring page. Color to your heart’s content and then snap a picture and send to me. I’ll post those pictures (I’ll keep them anonymous if you like) so that we can celebrate everyone’s unique creativity!
Oh, and if you want another copy of the Gateway Mandala to try out some different palettes and ideas, email me, and I’ll send you a digital copy of the page!
Have fun and happy coloring!
More about Dawn
Dawn Shuler is the Guardian Angel of Your Business!
She believes that each of us has something amazing to offer to the world, and that the more we can tap into our authentic selves, the happier and more successful we’ll be.
As a soulful business coach, she works with female entrepreneurs (and a few enlightened men!) on systems, strategy, and content marketing. With her amazing clients, Dawn helps them to establish goals to move their businesses forward; strategize manageable, doable actions to reach those goals; and create powerful, authentic content that connects them to their tribe… almost always with a focus on systems to make life and business easier.
She is the author of Ready, Set, Write, a manual on creativity with over 50 strategies to unlock and unleash your ideas, as well as Find Your Moments, an inspirational book on being fully present in the moment.
Dawn’s soul purpose is to help entrepreneurs unleash their authentic selves into their businesses. She created the Business Tree of Life Guide to help business owners connect more powerfully, reach more people, and make a true difference with their work.
In her spare time, she loves to paint, draw, color, quilt, and write. She loves creativity!