David J Bookbinder - Fine Artist

David J Bookbinder

Danvers, MA - United States








David J Bookbinder

Danvers, MA - United States

David J Bookbinder - Fine Artist

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About David J Bookbinder

I work as a psychotherapist, primarily with artists, gifted children, and people with addictive behaviors.

My motivation in creating these images was to heal from a decade of physical and emotional trauma, the consequence of a near-fatal event in Albany, New York, in 1993. I began this project shortly after buying my first digital camera and found myself shooting patterns of color and light, rather than the people and buildings I had shot in my black-and-white days. I learned to manipulate the images, hoping at first merely to improve them, but soon realizing that once an image file was on my hard drive, I could do anything I wanted with it. My choice of the hexagram (the Star of David, 'beloved' in Hebrew) as the organizing shape for these mandalas was subconscious, but I believe this choice was no accident. In many traditions, the Star of David, composed of two overlapping triangles, represents the reconciliation of opposites: male/female, fire/water, and so on. Their combination symbolizes unity and harmony. Listening to what the mandalas were telling me led me out of a dark place and, indirectly, to my decision to become a psychotherapist.

Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, believed mandalas are a pathway to the essential Self and used them in his own personal transformation. In a small way, as both mandala artist and psychotherapist, I carry on Jung's tradition. I display several of the flower mandalas in my treatment room, and from time to time they become part of discussions with clients. The combination of natural elements and digital manipulation seems both to stimulate and to relax them. I hope these images will further the process of harnessing the power of art to heal and transform.

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I've recently completed my book "Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas," a distillation of what I've learned so far from psychotherapy, Buddhism, surviving a near-death experience, and 60+ years on the planet. The book is a compilation of my Flower Mandala image... 


February 7th, 2014

Will: Break on through Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder There are many ways psychotherapists can help people. We can provide validation, emotional support, help formulate goals, encourage, motivate, identify dysfunctional patterns, devise strat... 


January 30th, 2014

Uniqueness: Blooming Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Recently, I had the relatively rare experience of having a movie introduce me to a new way of looking at things. The central idea of Martin Scorcese’s Hugo explicitly emerges midway throug... 


January 25th, 2014

Uncertainty: Negative capability Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Perhaps the greatest fear I run across as a therapist is fear of uncertainty. This fear is great because it is so vague and encompassing. We are uncertain about how people see... 


January 6th, 2014

Trust: Experienced Innocence Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder When I was in Boy Scouts, we all had to memorize the Scout Law: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and rev... 


December 22nd, 2013

Suffering: So it goes Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. Helen Keller once said that the world is full of suffering, but also of the overcoming of it. But it is also full of suffering that is unrelieved. I have thought ab... 


December 6th, 2013

Choice: Repatterning Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. NOTE: The opinions expressed in the following joke do not represent those held by The Management. So, there is this joke about two lawyers. One of them is walking ... 


November 30th, 2013

Stillness: Bells and watches Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. At a meditation retreat I attended years ago, I was introduced to the concept of the Mindfulness Bell. At apparently random times throughout each day, a monk or... 


November 22nd, 2013

Solitude: Shiftings Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. In solitude, we can inhabit our deepest selves, feel intense spiritual connection, and experience self love. Or we can dwell in their contraries, finding only disconnec... 


November 11th, 2013

Silence: Outside in Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. About silence I am tempted to say, “I have nothing to say.” And yet I do. I have always had an ambivalent relationship with silence. Initially, silence was a haven.... 

Self Love

October 30th, 2013

Self Love: Evolution Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder In my more troubled youth, I was often told that to truly love anyone, I needed first to love myself. This advice, though well-intentioned, set up an unhelpful dynamic. To "love myself" se... 


October 23rd, 2013

Risk: Rewards Images and text Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When they first arrive at my office, most of the people I see are in a state of comfortable uncomfortableness. Although people come to psychotherapy wanting change, most of us do ... 


October 13th, 2013

PRESENCE: NOW, BE, HERE Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. I was 20 when I first encountered Baba Ram Dass’s square, purple-covered Be Here Now, the book that launched many of my generation on an Eastern-inspired journey. I... 


October 13th, 2013

PURPOSE: ARCS Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. More than things, more than work, more, even, than love, having a sense of purpose can not only help us withstand the turbulence in our lives, it can also guide us through fo... 


October 13th, 2013

RESILIENCE: MODALITIES Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder. All Rights Reserved. Along with perseverance and a sense of purpose, an essential capacity for successfully traversing the Hero’s Journey that describes our lives is resilience. Resil...