A few days after completing the fire mandalas, I attempted to incorporate the transformations of the fire mandalas into my dream mandala. This drawing was the result:
The four doors around the perimeter recall those of a previous drawing I entitled the Four Door Mandala:
And I felt that a further transformation would take place.
After drawing this mandala I had this dream:
I'm with a group of people I know at an encampment. I look up and see two objects flying through the air. Both are glowing with heat, and at least one of them is cube shaped, perhaps both. I think of these as asteroids and I sense that when they impact an explosion will result. I feel a bit nervous about the magnitude of the explosion, that it may be a danger to us. The asteroids circle around us and then head off in the direction from which they came. I climb up an embankment to get a better view in that direction. I see a mountain, and then an explosion on the mountain, and I understand that this is the result of the impact of one of the objects. I feel momentarily concerned that the explosion will be so powerful that some harm will result, but then I realize that all is well. One of the objects passes overhead again, goes out of sight, and then I hear a distant explosion.
When I drew the first version of the next mandala, I was reminded of a rose window, and I realized that there was a rose window in a church near the place I had been working.
The dream mandala has changed in a few significant ways. The transformed temenos ring has been drawn inside the ring representing my mandala city. A simple gold ring has replaced it around the perimeter of the image. I was reminded of a dream in which I heard a voice say, Let's bring it inside the sacred hoop.
The doors now echo exactly the design introduced in the Four Door Mandala, but now they are double doors. Quatrefoil windows have been added, through which we see a clear blue sky, recalling a voice I heard in a dream say, Skies clear for fifty years. It also represents a dream I had on May 5, 1997 of a clear straight road leading toward a clear blue sky at the horizon.
The first versions of this mandala had single doors, but I simply did not feel I had completed the image until this version of the mandala. I felt that the doors needed to be double so woman and man could enter side by side. Also I wanted the pattern of four squares the double door creates.
With this mandala, I really felt I had drawn a representation of a round building, which I feel is a temenos.