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Madonna
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Madonna
"This is my birthplace of awareness. And that was such a freeing experience." — Mia (IF THERE IS NO ARROW AT RIGHT OF THIS IMAGE, PLEASE WAIT FOR IT TO APPEAR THEN CLICK ON IT).
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Vortex
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Vortex
"Here is a place where realities collide, where selves unite. Hawai'i Island flows with raw energy, abundant in aloha spirit, a vortex for healing self. It is here that I find spirit and love through selfless practice."— Mar, the organizer of Abled Hawai'i Artists (AHA), an all-volunteer organization assisting artists with disabilities to explore self-employment in visual and healing arts:www.facebook.com/groups/334836191111/
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Phoenix
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Phoenix
"The Island gave me comfort and strength when I needed it most. There is a childish reverence in this image, a curious understanding and connecting with oneself through the rock."— Rose (whose art can be found at http://roseadare.com)
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Eden
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Eden
" The island called me home, back to earth, back to ground, a place to transition through, to be transformed, to walk between worlds...."— Tess, who offers more insights at http://www.creating-grace.com
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Icarus
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Icarus
Roots or wing bones? In the background, Wailana faces upward, a modern Icarus looking towards a new understanding.
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Transcendence
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Transcendence
"Experiencing growth, feeling alive, the roots rising up in me to explode outward with life, an ancient connection and wisdom through my backbone" — Rose, finding new levels of awareness in a feathery and green jungle grove (you can see her own art at www.roseadare.com).
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Orpheus
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Orpheus
Sara wrote: "Truth is scary when we look it in the eye. And look we do, for curiosity encourages exploration of who we are and what we wish to be."
© 2011 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Persephone
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Persephone
"Light from the dark, a flame that flickers, skin pearl white against the unknown, emerging, becoming"— Rose. Emerging from a lava cave, Rose is an Earth Angel ready to take flight (to see how that feeling evolved in her own art, go to www.roseadare.com)
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Adam
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Adam
Blossoming from the jungle, Richard is like the first man meeting the world. An Earthly Angel ready to meet that world.
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Unification
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Unification
"I'm fed up with another era of my life, where I wasn't being me."— Natalia
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Prometheus
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Prometheus
"In the presence of a goddess. Every time I go to the lava, I get a terrific feeling of strength that surges through my body. This moment at the flow had that strength at rest, going back into the ground."—Rose
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Nymphs
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Nymphs
Catherine and Maddy gather energy in the delicate cups of their hands. “...to not risk connection with others for fear that we will be rejected, mocked, or abandoned is to reject, mock, and abandon our own selves first."—Catherine (For more information on her go to:www.feedthelion.blogspot.com)
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Island Buddha
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Island Buddha
"I'm recognizing the creation of space for my true essence to manifest its abundance in physical reality."—Dora, a stoic and serene godhead watches over herself in meditation.
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Angel Wings
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Angel Wings
"It looks like the ti leaves are angel wings on me."—Catherine, in her work as a counselor, has written that "I believe the root of the word ‘belonging’ is really the longing just to Be: the longing to be intimate with ourselves, and the longing to be in a group of others, just as we are.” (For more information on her go to: http://www.feedthelion.blogspot.com)
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Miraculous
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Miraculous
"No dark, murky corner of my psyche is left untouched here. Every hard stone of my beliefs, opinions and attitudes is turned over." — Raven, who relishes the natural world so much so that she has incorporated nature into a boutique enterprise that you can reference at http://www.ravennaamalia.com
© 2011 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Daphne Released
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Daphne Released
"Like the shedding of an old skin, old thought patterns have melted away. I am so grateful for this opportunity to enjoy being natural in nature, with a creative companion who allowed me to feel at ease for my emergence."— Aubrey
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
My Religion
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My Religion
"I say 'yes' to the warm breeze. I say 'yes' t the raindrops on my face. I say'yes' to this moment. I say 'yes' to myself. I say 'yes' to life."—Dora
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Lotus
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Lotus
The Lotus Position is a cross-legged sitting asana originating in meditative practices of ancient India. It is an established asana, commonly used for meditation, in the Hindu Yoga, Jain and Buddhist contemplative traditions. The asana is said to resemble a lotus and encourages breathing proper to associated meditative practice, and fosters physical stability.
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Earth Angel
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Earth Angel
"I look very connected to the jungle, like my soul is speaking."— Radha
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Halo
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Halo
Jane wrote: "You've captured my power and strength. This is something I've been looking for in myself and have developed over time, and I love being able to see it. But if you look closely, you've also caught my vulnerability. You can just barely see it. Transposed over the prime face (look just to left of lips to find a nose) is an image of me biting my lip. This is something I do when I'm gathering my courage to step into something new."— Jane
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Hula Bliss
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Hula Bliss
"You've captured the bliss I experience when I'm dancing. It's just perfect that I got to work with Jonathan, my kumu for hula, and that we're in an ancient halau."—Jane, to which Jonathan adds "aloha nui loa e malama pono pumehana a pau." (roughly translates to "greetings…take care…warm love…&pau=done)
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Soar
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Soar
"I was once told that this place, this edge of creation where the Earth births itself in red-hot fiery passion— raw and untamed— is the land of warriors and wizards."—Raven
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Rapture
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Rapture
Wailana wrestles to a new spiritual height.
© 2010 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Savage Fierceness
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Savage Fierceness
"Aina has showered me with kisses and blessings."—JuJu
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Archangel
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Archangel
"Connecting with one's divinity and being through nature.." — Shelley is a strong warrior, fiercely fighting for her place within nature's awesome grip.
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Doubly Blessed
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Doubly Blessed
"The grove near Secret Beach, where we brought you, is the entrance to a portal. The Aina holds many open secrets here, she shows you if you look and listen. Living close to the earth in community on the Big Island has given me a sense of tribe that I have not experienced elsewhere on the planet."—Le'a
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Baptism
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Baptism
"Looking at this picture, I am wondering: am I reflecting Mother Earth's beauty, or is she reflecting mine? It is like becoming one with my dolphin nature, acceptive and joyful here and now, within my body that is flowing freely to its rhythm."—Dora, drawing strength from life-giving waters.
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Prayer
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Prayer
"Raised of Goddess."— Shelley, who seems to seek surrender.
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Wide World
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Wide World
In her broadly outstretched arms, Shelley finds reminders "to embrace who I am in this world." She recalls showing this project to a woman, whose "reaction was beautifully emotional, as I shared to her that this was not some performance as she had thought, but an unfolding of one's self
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.
Confronting the Demon
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Confronting the Demon
"I have been keeping it close, giving all the love I can to that that visual representation of my physical pain. Thank you for that, a good reminder of the shadow self, which I am learning to embrace and care for."—Aubrey
© 2012 Michael Philip Manheim, All Rights Reserved.

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