It feels good when you put pen to paper in a Zentangle way.
Anyone who teaches the Zentangle Method for even a short time hears stories of amazing benefits from their students.
If you are reading this, there's a good chance you already know the profound personal benefits that can come from a Zentangle practice. Your Zentangle practice can have a similar beneficial affect on the world around you. These days, that's important.
Some say that positive vibrations like gratitude, love, and rejoicing multiply exponentially as each additional person shares that vibration. In contrast, negative emotions such as fear, anger, and hatred combine only by addition.
It's the difference between 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 128 for a positive emotion compared with 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 +2 + 2 = 14 for a negative emotion.
When you resonate with people on the positive side, you increase the effect of the positive exponentially. So what does this have to do with the Zentangle Method?
When you tangle, you can easily shift your attention from fear and worry and tune in to gratitude. The more you do that, the easier it is for another person to turn away from fear and toward gratitude. Ken Keyes called this the "100th Monkey Phenomenon." Rupert Sheldrake calls it "Morphic Resonance."
The idea is that when you tangle, it becomes easier for another person to tangle. Your efforts multiply the efforts of all other tanglers. And as you shift from fear to gratitude, it becomes exponentially easier for someone else to shift from fear to gratitude.
When you are in tune with gratitude and love, it is similar to the Cymatics phenomenon.
The individual crystals coalesce effortlessly into beautiful patterns at the different resonant frequencies. In between resonant frequencies, things can look a bit chaotic . . . sort of like things might look now. This is just another reason to tune in to the frequency of Gratitude . . . and to do it with a Passion!
When we put together the Zentangle Method, it felt like it was a gift from what we call our Angels. One thing that we are grateful for is that we had the good fortune to pay attention to our Angels. Maybe that's one of the reasons that the first and last step of the Zentangle Method is Gratitude and Appreciation.
At our tenth anniversary of Zentangle, we commissioned a dear friend to create a stained glass window which Maria designed.
This is in the window above the door on our porch where we spend much of our time. The Angel writes, "Gratitude, Passion and Family" as a tile falls to us from the Angel's book. The Flower of Life in the upper right is for our shared love of geometry. The quill, of course, is for Maria's lettering art. The honeycomb and bee is for my years as a beekeeper.
We know that the Zentangle Method was a gift. It is a gift that we are fortunate to be able to share much as a delivery service would bring you a precious treasure.
Perhaps our Angels knew that the Zentangle Method would be helpful in times like this.
If you are asking yourself, "What can I do!?" then we can suggest an answer. Take advantage of this down-time to be with Family. Find a way to activate Love and Gratitude with a Passion.
If the Zentangle Method can be of service, then we continue to put together lots of ways to support you.
We have put together a special collection of supportive Zentangle options at this new page. You will find
- Molly's Guided Tangling
- Project Pack Links
- Special Blogs
- Online Zentangle classes with CZTs around the world
- Tangle Step-Outs (instructions)
- Kitchen Table Tangles . . . and more!
There are now more than 4,500 Certified Zentangle Teachers in 53 countries. The Zentangle Mosaic app has been downloaded in over 70 countries. Hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of tanglers across this world have the tools to exponentially increase Gratitude.
Gratitude for what?
If nothing else, you can be grateful for access to your inner creative spark. And you can be grateful for how good it feels when you contribute your unique Beauty to this world.
Every moment you are in Gratitude benefits you, your family and this world.
Gratitude, Passion and this Zentangle Family . . . Thank you, Angels!
With all our best wishes.
Maria and I each wrote our last two blogs at the same time without knowing what the other was doing. Sweet how that works!
Thank you to everyone who commented on Maria's blog yesterday. We have enjoyed reading all your comments. The commenter selected at random to receive Maria's tile is Deborah Alborell! Please send your snail mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Share your comments on how you are staying in Gratitude. We'll pick a few commenters at random and send you a print of the stained glass window.