Healing mandala

Healing mandala

The healing mandala for emotional healing. A garden, that is what I envisioned on deciding to draw this mandala. I guess it was because of the colours that would be used or maybe it was to me the perfect “landscape” when thinking about our emotions. As a garden.

Our emotions as opposed to feelings are varied. It came to me one day, quite gently, this revelation that really, there are only two feelings – love and fear. Everything else were born from these two feelings. Emotions on the other hand are varied. From those born of love (happiness, joy, love, passion) and fear (jealousy, anger, lust, greed).

Like flowers and weeds, in a garden.

This healing mandala has two main colours both associated with the heart chakra and healing – green and pink. Pink also represent unconditional love, and what better medicine to begin healing our emotions than to learn to love ourselves unconditionally. It means accepting ourselves completely for who we are. It means to know that we are beyond and above our personalities. It means to embrace our shortcomings and acknowledge them, and yet still love them. It means, we learn to like ourselves first and form a relationship with ourselves.

Orange in the Aura Soma colour system represents healing of timelines. Throughout our life there are instances where emotional trauma occurs. We carry these within us and situations will present themselves to allow us to heal from them. Sometimes it happens in our relationships – you know, when you keep wondering, why do I attract the same sort of arse-hole?!. Well, maybe it could be because we need to connect something within us, heal some thought patterns within us or maybe these arse-holes are really there to teach us that we can do better, that we are worthy of being uplifted. At other times or for different people it may occur in work situations and our relationships with co-workers or bosses. It may present itself with friends or acquaintances who bring us down more often than celebrating and respecting us and the relationship. In all of this, always look within and see if there is something within that is attracting these situations to us.

The gold-yellow represents our inner wisdom. It is a combination of orange and yellow. Yellow is also the colour of sunshine and happiness. It’s cheery and fun! It also represents the sun that helps our garden grow…

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

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Mandala for communication

Communication mandala

The second mandala. Why communication? Well, because I’m a writer and even these mandalas that I create are a form of communication.

A lot of us I feel tend to ignore the fact that our lives are constantly engaged in some form of communication. Communicating with others and, don’t forget about communicating with ourselves.

In the Aura Soma colour system, turquoise represents communication – from the heart. Turquoise is also the colour associated with dolphin energies. An animal that is highly intelligent, sociable and fun loving. So, of course the centre symbol chosen for this mandala was the dolphin, in turquoise.

Turquoise is a combination of blue and green. Blue is related to the throat chakra and relates to speech and communication. It also represents communicating the truth of you. Combined with the green of the heart chakra, the centre of love and healing, it isn’t a far reach as to why turquoise was chosen for communication.

The pink with the green also represent healing with respect to allowing ourselves to communicate truthfully and without fear.

Turquoise is also related to IT communication – the most used form of communication in this era.

The yellow here again is associated with the solar plexus for confidence when communicating. It also serves as a reminder that words in any form is powerful. To use words and communicate responsibly is on us. Telling your truth while being aware of the consequence that our words have is a balancing act that is so important to remember.

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

You can purchase the prints here: Intention mandalas

or if you want these mandalas on items such as mugs, clothing, tumblers, home decorations and more, you can find them

here: RedBubble.

Medical writing

What is medical writing?

“Medical writing involves writing scientific documents of different types which include regulatory and research-related documents, disease or drug-related educational and promotional literature, publication articles like journal manuscripts and abstracts, content for healthcare websites, health-related magazines or news articles.” – Sharma S. How to become a competent medical writer. Prespect Clin Writer. 2010.

The above definition succinctly tells you what sort of projects are included under the heading of “medical writing”.

I became directly involved with medical writing about 3 years ago, starting out as a freelance writer. Prior to that my exposure to medical writing was during my time as a medical manager in the pharmaceutical and nutritional products industry.

Medical writing: clients and target readers

The clients who require medical writing services can be varied:

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Professional/specialist associations or organizations
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Infant nutrition and general nutrition products industry
  • Individual healthcare professionals
  • Research organisations
  • Patient advocacy groups/associations

The target population for medical writing articles can be usually split into two main categories:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Public/patient groups

 

Medical writing: types of projects

The breadth of types of projects in medical writing can be wide. It ranges from strictly scientific/academic writing for journal publications to fun and creative materials targeted to the public and patients.

I’ve listed some of the types of materials below categorizing them broadly into separate groups:

  • Academic/scientific writing:
    • Manuscripts for journal publications
    • Scientific posters
    • Abstracts
    • Clinical practice guidelines/Consensus statements

These projects are naturally always geared to healthcare professionals and can stretch any where from one month to more than a year.

  • “Co-laterals” or medico-marketing materials for pharmaceutical/infant formula/growing up milk/nutritional products industries. Medico-marketing materials are usually two-pronged with one set of materials targeting healthcare professionals and the other, public/patient groups.
    • For healthcare professionals
      • Detailing aids
      • Leave behind materials
      • Symposium highlights
      • Advisory board meeting reports
      • Videos
      • Brand reminders
      • Dosing guides
      • Slide presentations
      • Print advertisement/advertorials
    • For public/patient groups
      • Patient information leaflets/booklets
      • Flip charts
      • Posters
      • Patient diaries
      • Videos
      • Print advertisements/advertorials
      • Slide presentations
  • Health/medical websites
    • Most of these websites would be geared toward the public/patient groups. However, there are some websites that are strictly for healthcare professional use and are usually set up by or sponsored by pharmaceutical/medical device/nutritional companies or specialist associations.

Next topic: Can I become a medical writer?

Abundance mandala

Abundance mandala

This is the first mandala that I drew when I wanted to sell my mandala art. Abundance is a good mandala to start with as like anyone else, that is something that I want to attract into my life as well.

The symbol in the centre was chosen as it represents prosperity in the Chinese tradition. The spiral is another symbol that represents abundance.

As I was drawing this mandala, the thought of the sun came to mind. The sun with it’s golden yellow and orange life giving energy. The food of this planet. It suited the theme of abundance really well as the colours of red, yellow and orange signify in various ways abundance.

Red, orange and yellow are the colours of the three lower chakras. The red is the root chakra (base of the spine), orange is the sacral chakra (around the reproductive organs area) and yellow, the solar plexus chakra (just below the sternum where the anatomic solar plexus – the start point of nerves that branch out to supply the abdominal area – is situated).

The red in this mandala therefore symbolises security and the material aspect of our life. It includes financial security. The orange is for creativity as the sacral chakra represents the seat of creation. The yellow symbolises the sun and the confidence and power within us, to bring in the abundance into our space.

These three colours combined is to reach financial security by either creatively thinking of ways to go about it or, using and infusing our creativity and passion into our work or endeavours , and having the confidence and believe that we are worthy of abundance.

While colouring the abundance mandala, the thought of using the green entered my mind. Green in this instance symbolises healing. Most of us have issues with abundance, mainly stemming from what we are taught about being rich. That we have to work very hard, struggle almost to gain financial independence. It’s a debilitating thought when it comes to wanting to attract abundance into our life. The other is that money is the root of all evil. Even though at an intellectual level we know that this isn’t true. It isn’t money that is evil, it is how we can put money and power above all other things, it is the love of the stuff money can buy and it is this constant need to keep buying to fill the void within us that is “evil”. With the green surrounding the symbols of abundance, the intention is to allow the healing of these issues.

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

You can purchase the prints      here: Intention mandalas

or if you want these mandalas on items such as mugs, clothing, tumblers, home decorations and more, you can find them

here: RedBubble.

Mandalas

When I started selling mandalas, a friend of mine asked me a few questions such as what is a mandala, how to use them and if it was allowed in religious believes. So, I decided I’d write this post about mandalas and what I understand them to be.

Mandalas: what are they?

Mandalas are basically repeated patterns that start at the centre of a circle and radiates out in concentric layers. The patterns can be repeated from the centre to the outer most layer or each layer can have its own patterns.

A mandala’s circular shape represents the whole. A circle holds potential within it and when a mandala is filled layer by layer, it can be a form of a journey from our centre moving outwards in search of our true potential. A circle is never ending, it is a cycle. Therefore a circular mandala tells us that life is a cycle, from where we end, we begin.

As a hanging wall piece to stained glass features, mandalas can be appreciated solely as art. The beautiful patterns within it and the colours combine to present an amazing work of art.

Mandalas and religion

If you do a Google search you will find that the concept of a mandala appears in many different traditions across the globe. Though it is popularly regarded as a Hindu tradition, the mandala can be found in various shapes and forms in churches and even mosques.

Catholic mandalas
Mandalas commonly founds as stained glass features in churches. Source: http://www.waldorftoday.com/2013/09/mandala-the-encircling-round-holds-sway/
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Mandala in the Islamic tradition. Source: http://www.bohememag.com/beauty-islamic-architecture-mandalas-kinds/
celtic mandala
Mandala in the Celtic tradition. Source: http://www.mandalasforthesoul.com/celtic-mandala/
Buddhist mandala
Mandala in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as a “yantra”. Source: http://pixshark.com/buddhist-mandala-meaning.htm

Mandalas and its uses

Carl Jung used mandalas as a tool in treating his patients. To him, it represented an individual’s journey of realisation. He called it the Individuation process – the journey from the small self to the higher Self.

Colouring a mandala has been shown to relieve stress and can be used as a form of meditation. Just Google “free mandalas to colour” and you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of mandala line art to print off and enjoy an hour or hour-and-a-half of “me time”. By focusing your attention on the colouring process, your breath and the movement of the pencil or pen on the papers, it helps to slow down your thoughts until you reach a space that is silent in your mind. The more you practice this, with awareness, these “spaces of silence” become longer. And that is the goal of meditation.

The trick of course is to not plan the colours. Go with the flow and pick colours at random. It is interesting to note that at times, you may not like the colour that you choose or feel that the colour combinations are just not right. Don’t judge! Instead see what unfolds.

A coloured mandala like the intention mandalas offered here, have been focused with a particular intention. To find out more:

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Medical writing: the basics

As a medical doctor who loves to write, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be indirectly and directly involved in the medical writing industry.

As a medical manager in the pharmaceutical and then the nutrition industry, I was tasked to oversee all medico-marketing materials produced by the marketing department. In that respect, I had to make sure that these materials met with internal standards and guidelines, and with the industry’s ethical marketing codes.

After leaving the position of medical manager, I was contacted to take on the position of a freelance medical writer. It was a great opportunity to learn the ropes of medical writing.

After three years, I’m back to freelancing and I thought it would be a good idea to share some of what I have learned and experienced as a medical writer to those who may be interested in it.

In no way am I an expert in medical writing, so what I will share are the basics of medical writing that I have learned through doing a wide variety of projects. I hope to post at least once a week for as long as I have things I can share with you.

If you have any questions hit me up in the comment section and I will do my best to answer them for you!

Next topic: What is medical writing?

For a baby…

I have been blessed with many good friends (online and “real”).  He goes by an online persona of Mr. Angellis and is one of my closest friends. He’s funny and he takes time to listen (or read, as how it is with chatting online), and he’s welcomed me into his soon to be little family of three 🙂

Angellis requested a drawing, and because I made myself his soon to arrive baby’s over the seas god-mother, I created this piece:

Material: Daler Rowney simply™ Watercolour acid free paper (190 g/m²); watercolour brush markers, Sakura coloured gel pens (various) and something called “poster colours” by Buncho.

Dimensions: 23 x 30.5 cm

Work in progress:

Finished piece:

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A 7-point mandala

So..the basic form of a mandala, its foundation, is a circle.

The circle to me represents the following (a hodge-podge of what I’ve read, heard and feel 😉 )

  • A wholeness that encompasses the Universe and everything within it.
  • The wholeness of Self.
  • The vast space of no-thingness, which paradoxically holds within it, every thing.
  • A never-ending cycle of life, of lessons and of our journeys as ever-growing, every expanding humanness remembering who we truly are.

Well,  a circle is 360° and majority of the time (I say majority as I am unsure if there are mandalas out there that have been drawn differently) a mandala is sectioned based on a 360° angle. This means anything that is able to divide 360° equally: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10…and so on. However, a meeting with a friend and a request later, I found myself needing to create a 7 point mandala. At first, me being me, I did my usual “Oh, of couuuurse I can help you! Shouldn’t be a problem at all!”. It was only later that I realised that it may be a little bit of a problem…hehe.

However, with the age of “you can learn anything from YouTube”, I did just that! Found an awesome video that showed the step-by-step process of creating a 7-sided polygon (aka an heptagon, in fancy speak) inside a circle, and created a 7-point mandala! It is however not sectioned off perfectly, but hey…perfection in the imperfections? 😉

This isn’t coloured, but when I do have the time, I’ll clean it up and post it in the Free Mandala section, for you to download, print and colour 🙂

This piece didn’t manage to find a home..but, I may colour it one day and see how it turns out!

A late start for the New Year…

but better late than never, it’s been said 🙂

As 2017 unfolded and moved speedily along, it has already been a full three months (well, an addition few days more) since my last post. All I can say is that sometimes, good intentions need to come with a lot of discipline, focus and balance…which are some things that I am trying really hard to do! On a happy note though, I do have a few pieces that I’d like to share with you all, and I do hope you enjoy them 🙂

The below piece I did as a gift for a friend…the idea coming from my sister. She said…”Passion and creativity for Rubini!” And this was created…

This was created using soft pastels in the style of Nagomi Pastel Art, by first laying down the background colour and then, using templates created by drawing and cutting out simple shapes, erasing or “polishing” the colour out.

Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Art therapy

I started this piece on Sunday. It was a weird feeling. I wasn’t physically tired, but I was mentally. I wasn’t sleepy, my mind wasn’t feeling its mushy self like how it does after a work day, it was just tired. So, I decided to do a piece that wouldn’t need me to think much and would allow me to play with the artist masking fluid (that has a horrible smell, by the way), watercolours, acrylic paints and my brand new sets of Sakura Jelly pens (I love these and got three sets – metallic, souffle and glaze).

 

 

One of my friends had asked me why the fleur-de-lis. I honestly don’t know. I had bought these stencils and wanted a feature for the middle of the piece..and that looked nice, so that was what I stenciled in! Some information on it, if you’re interested: http://www.fleurdelis.com/fleur.htm

I also added some glitter embossing powder at the end, but the camera didn’t capture it well, SO I did a really short video to show it off 😀

.Thank you for visiting and hope you enjoyed the picture 🙂