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Seedsong Lodestone Custom Blessing Images

Have I ever conveyed just how much fun it is to create our Seedsong Art? No matter how many images we’ve made, there is a thrill each time in seeing how the patterns of Nature (including the cosmos) form something new and exciting when we recombine them geometrically—and invest them with vibrant energies.

And there is a very special thrill in creating custom images with individuals and groups to empower them and their work. It’s like listening to the “song” of someone’s vision and then translating it, with their input, into colorful reality. Joyous!

Recently, we’ve been making quite a few custom images that we describe as “Seedsong Lodestones.” A lodestone is a naturally occurring magnetic rock, or anything that magnetizes attention. We create Lodestone custom images to pull attention toward the good work of individuals and groups (business or non-profit) whose work is aligned with Gaia and the goal of global awakening.

Our Lodestones serve as a visual portal into the heart of that personal or collective work. These images not only draw attention to the endeavors of people serving this planet, they also link these endeavors to the accomplishing power of Gaia herself. This living Earth empowerment is a key blessing that flows from the Seedsong Lodestones.

The first of our custom images that really served as a Lodestone (though they didn’t have a special name then) was in 2002, for the Bridging Heaven and Earth Foundation. We had been interviewed on the Bridging Heaven and Earth TV show, talking about how we began to create art to catalyze the emergence of global being (the TV show is here).

We wanted to use our artwork to augment this foundation’s good work, so we created a mandala for them with input from the founder, the late Allan Silberhartz. They loved the image and put it on their website. This creation spurred us to extend this service to other transformative organizations and individuals. The list of custom mandalas is quite long and varied: organizations including national conferences, cathedrals, health centers, subtle activism organizations and sustainability businesses; and individual yoga entrepreneurs, healers and others who are purposed toward serving planetary evolution.


TRCC LOGO

TRCC Lodestone
Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory


Sacred art and evolutionary alchemy come together when we co-create a Lodestone with a client. The individual or group participates actively in the visioning. We use a simple questionnaire that helps surface elements, geometry, symbols, feeling-concepts, and colors that evoke the work that we are embodying in the Lodestone image. We attune together to the vibrational energy of the endeavor that also wants to be invested in the “SeedSong” of the Lodestone. All the elements are mixed via visual-vibrational alchemy until a form starts to take shape. A very powerful byproduct of this visioning process is increased coherence amongst members of the group. For all clients, there is a feeling-recognition that the essence of their endeavor is being grounded and given stronger Earth presence via the form of the Lodestone.

As an initial vision emerges, David and I begin the art creation. We share the early versions of the image with the client and we tweak and tune it until we all feel “Yes!” Some images take shape quickly and others evolve over numerous iterations, but the Lodestone that emerges never fails to evoke mutual satisfaction.

In addition to the deeply enjoyable process of co-creation, ongoing benefits flow from these Lodestone images. Here are a few:

    1. You have a radiant visual embodiment of the multi-dimensional reality of your individual or group work. Contemplating the Lodestone can help focalize, ground and enliven the energies you are holding in your self and your group.

    2. Since our art is very structural and geometric, it has a positive effect on the space where it hangs. By displaying your SeedSong Lodestone in home or office, you create a structured evolutionary space that supports the specific work that you are doing. Mandala artists have always known that the 2-D representation of such an image acts as a projector of sorts for an actual sacred space.

    3. Since our art is composed from Nature elements, it connects you to Gaia on many levels. There is, first of all the, the colorful, sensuous beauty of the image itself. By inviting Nature’s elemental richness into your indoor space, you bring balance to our increasingly electronic work environments. Beyond this, the Lodestone connects you to the powerful manifesting energies of Gaia, which continues to bring blessings to your work as it grows and evolves.

    4. There is also a collective benefit. Your Seedsong Lodestone is inherently part of a grid of every Lodestone we’ve made, forming a “living mandala” that further amplifies and supports the work of each group or individual in the Lodestone assembly.

    5. If you work with inner intuition, your Lodestone can serve as an interface with caches of information embedded in the organic and inorganic libraries of the living Earth and Cosmos. While this information may or may not express itself to you in words, you can be informed and enriched by connecting, via the Lodestone, with these sources of accumulated knowledge.


If you’d like to see some samples of Lodestones we have made, you can visit our Custom page. This is by no means a comprehensive selection, but it’s a taste of what can emerge. If you are interested in a Seedsong Lodestone for yourself or your organization, we would be delighted to get an email at info@bellandtodd.com followed by a conversation to explore the possibilities. As I think you can tell, co-creating these empowering images is something we truly enjoy.

Happy Springtime,
Bonnie and David

The Joy of Creating a Custom Mandala

There are many reasons people ask us to create a custom mandala for and with them. Some want a unique logo to empower their business or service. Some want to capture the energy of a particular place in Nature. Others are looking for an image for the cover of their book. Additionally, there are people who want a meditation piece to help them center or heal from an illness or challenge.


I always enjoy creating art, but never more so than when we make these custom images. Recently, we collaborated with Heike Vargas of Aurora, Colorado to design a mandala for her wellness business. Heike is a Certified Medical Intuitive/T & DNA Healer and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. From start to finish, co-creating with Heike such a pleasure that it prompted me to write this blog. What made this event flow so smoothly? What makes the co-creation process a joy?


The short answer is that helping someone’s heart-vision take shape is magical and deeply satisfying. When we make custom art, we begin with photographs of real elements: flowers, crystals, feathers, starfields, all the elements of Earth and the heavens. We interview the custom client to draw out his or her or, if a group, their vision. We ask them to say which key words, colors, shapes, symbols, numbers, natural elements are significant to them. What is the feeling essence that they want to embody in the image we are going to craft for them? We take the clients’ clues and put together a photo-collage that brings the elements of their vision together in a beautiful form.


Part of what made the experience of collaborating with Heike so much fun is that she was right there for every part of the process. She was committed and clear in her choices from start to finish. After some initial discussions we created a draft image, and it was very close to what she wanted. And Heike knew just what color element she wanted us to add to take it the rest of the way to embodying her vision. A few small adjustments were made and then, bang! We could all feel when the image took the form that fulfilled the picture in her heart. Here is the mandala we created for Heike (its source materials are listed below).


Vargas Custom Mandala

Source: Water lilies, amethyst, clear crystal with rainbow refractions, blue sky and Ultra Deep galactic field (Hubble Space Telescope/STScl)


I hope this short re-telling allows you to get a feeling for the process of co-creating a custom mandala with us. Now, here are some of the benefits you receive from the beautiful visual result.

Top 5 Benefits of Having a Bell & Todd Custom Mandala

1. Your custom image holds the vibration of your purpose in creating it and empowers that purpose.


2. The image serves as a touchstone that draws positive energy toward your purpose.


3. The image, created with elements and colors that you choose, connects you to Nature in a special way.


4. The image, created with geometries and designs that you choose, connects you to Spirit in a special way.


5. By integrating unique vibration, natural elements and spiritual designs, your custom image becomes an interface with ongoing blessings for you and all who view it.


And one more benefit—it is exhilarating to make art together!

We invite you to engage with us in the pleasurable process of collaboration. To see some of our collaborations, visit our Custom Art page.

Making It Together: From Creativity to Co-Creativity

My partner, David, and I have been making it together for a long time now. What we co-create is energy-charged images, but it’s the process rather than the product that I want to explore in this piece. By combining our creative efforts we unlock a new level of transformative power. I want to share a bit about how that works in our artistic adventures and how it extends to the challenge we face collectively to make our world new.




There is actually a third partner in our collaboration—the Earth, in the form of the photographs that are the foundation of our artwork. What we create are photo-collages. We take pieces of our Nature photos and re-assemble them using sacred geometries. We make mandalas and other styles of images, all with an underlying symmetry. Everything in our work comes from Mother Nature. Beyond relating to her pictorially, we commune with the spirit of the planet as we design our images, which often feature the globe.




Solaria



The human side of making art together is an exciting, sometimes explosive and often ecstatic event. How do two people with independent ideas cooperate in such an essentially creative project? It begins with an originating impulse—we may be creating a piece for a specific healing purpose, or creating 12 new images for each year’s calendar. The purpose guides the initial visioning process. Having a clear, shared purpose is one key to co-creativity.




With the purpose in mind, we begin: Which Earth-element should we use to convey the given intention, what geometry would serve? Sometimes one of us leads that enquiry, sometimes we do it together. But before we decide, both of us come to agreement on the choices. Yes, we can both feel that a purple water lily is the right element to convey the sense of serenity we are looking for.




nature mandala

Water Star






Maybe I want to use one view of the lily for the center of the image, but David, who is the photo-maestro, knows that another view will be sharper. We may go back and forth for a while, but once I really see his point, I yield. What I am envisioning will be even better realized by using his idea. We come up with a draft of the central image, and I get an intuition about just which foliage has the color and patterning that would make the best border. As I am the color specialist, David is willing to give it a try. And so it goes.




We try things, discovering together what feels-looks the best until we both come to rest. This image we have made together is greater that the sum of its individual elements and greater than what would have come from our individual visions. Because of the co-creative process that has birthed it, the piece of art has become a vessel that can hold “seedsongs”. This is our word for the vibrational energies that transform this visual image into a tool for healing and uplift. As Marshall McLuhan said, “The medium is the message”. This image that is the product of our co-creativity with each other and with Nature delivers the message of collaboration and synergy. The sacred intention that was the origin of the image shines through the medium of Earth’s beauty.




Are there any secrets to fruitfully making it together? Here are the ones that I’ve uncovered:



  • Clear Purpose—this is the intention that guides the rest of the process. It is the seed-vision that draws each partner past “me-mind” into the “us-mind” that guides the co-creation process.
  • Heartfelt Respect—co-creation is strictly a peer-to-peer event. Each person is the carrier of something special. Respect, felt from the heart, generates a field of trust that fosters the creative process. Inevitably, there are disagreements, but if the worth of each person is acknowledged, the differing opinions can be worked out.
  • Genuine Consensus—no creation is complete unless the partners feel totally satisfied with it. There is no overriding of one’s will by the other’s will. Everything we make together is ours, and only emerges when “yes” comes from all. Making a genuine commitment to this level of consensus has a transformative effect on the participants.





Bright Ally






If I can embrace this co-creative process, anyone can. I am a very earthy double Taurean creature who wants to do things my way. Luckily, my Aquarian moon leads me to feel cosmically and globally as well.  I know in my heart that we are all in this together. Collaboration is not just a satisfying way to work, it is a technology of change based on an awareness of our interdependence and essential unity.




Linking our creative powers is how we are going to shift collectively into a bright future.  Whatever your realm of creativity–be it focused on the home, the service domain, or business–find people to collaborate with. Enter deeply into the messy and wonderful process of co-creating and enjoy the ride. Each of us holds a piece of the puzzle to making our world sustainable and peaceful. Engage with others in the dance of synergy and be amazed by the abundance and beauty that emerges.