Healing Hands: Rainbow Warriors Mandala 3  by Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

Healing Hands: Rainbow Warriors Mandala 3 by 

My father and I never had a great understanding of one another. We have lead very different lives. Only recently I have begun to question myself as to who he was before Alzheimer’s. What i keep coming back to at this point in time is that he was a staunch Christian, with unshakeable faith and whom for many years each week would go and be a part of a healing group for the Church of England in the city. He tried to tell me about it but I wasnt anywhere near understanding what that was all about. He said they called it ‘laying on of hands’. I can now see how it fits in our journey together.

I have been working on this image since January. It made sense to me this week, to dedicate it to him and his weird way of teaching me things.

“Healing” by touching a person with the hands or palms. According to its theory, a healthy person has “vital energy” to spare, which is transmittable into sick persons. Contact healing is at least 15,000 years old. Usually, the “healer” places his hands, palms down, on the top of the patient’s head or on the shoulders or waist. Some proponents use the expressions “laying on of hands” and “touch therapy” interchangeably. The former expression may also refer specifically to the act of laying hands on a person’s head to confer a spiritual blessing, as in Christian rites of confirmation and ordination.

Definition taken from babylon.com

For me the Mandala itself represents completeness and replicates all levels of life from the micro to macro, cellular, soul and universe. All interconnected. Jung saw them in dreams to mean developing towards psychological health.

Christopher xx

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  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdabout 6 years ago

    Love this Christopher. Just an awesome piece of work.

  • thank you so much troy, your comment is very very encouraging and i really appreciate that :)))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandabout 6 years ago

    Christopher your art is amazing but your words are amazingly touching.

  • thank you mike, its been a long day, glad you saw it, i always like to hear your take on things and i have to say i am touched that you are touched! :)))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • handprintz
    handprintzabout 6 years ago

    l like the energy you have conveyed coming from the fingers and joing the hands, my friend is a reiki healer and does the same sort of touch therapy, l was a little sceptical at first but soon found the benefits in her gift, this is a wonderful interpretation c , sometimes even just the touch of another can be the best healing xo t

  • thank you t, someone has suggested to me that i should look into reiki i am keeping it in my thoughts. glad you got to experience it first hand. i dont actually know how dad did what he did, i never saw it, but he was well regarded in the parish and i seem drawn to something like he did now. apple doesnt fall far from the tree keeps going through my mind… appreciate your comments always xx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    wow this is amazing

  • thank you so much steve, your comment is so encouraging. i really appreciate it :)))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerabout 6 years ago

    great… so deep and meaningful Christopher… thankyou for sharing

  • thank you for viewing and leaving an encouraging comment jim! very much appreciated :))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 6 years ago

    you are truly healing your soul on a cellular and universal level my sweet brother…BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love ya XOXOX

  • thank you tk, letting go of the boundaries that i have put on myself sis
    and i am always greatful to you for your advice on this xxx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 6 years ago

    oh my darling Christopher…absolutely amazing love and light just come through…definitely
    a healing piece…love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxooxoxoxoxo

  • thank you sally, you are an inspiration! :))) xx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellabout 6 years ago

    beautiful artwork!!

  • thank you so much catherine, your comment brings a smile :)))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • Kasey Cline
    Kasey Clineabout 6 years ago

    AMAZING Mr C. An awesome tribute and hope it has lead to some healing for you!!!

  • thank you mzK! i know it has, i put it up because i hope someone else can get something from healing too :))) xx

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

  • roy skogvold
    roy skogvoldabout 6 years ago

    thank you or sharing this story and wonderful image Chris

  • i am really glad you like it roy, watching your artistic journey here has been inspiring :))))

    – Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

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