I have been a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda since 1979. I was trained as a clinical psychologist and early in my professional career I began working with terminally ill children. I spent some time with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. and had a spiritual awakening. My life and work changed as I began to focus upon the awakening of consciousness and serving humanity. I wrote a number of books including, “Sacred Healing: Integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy,” which was on the L.A. times “Healthy Best Sellers” list. My spiritual practice helped me to learn about the evolution of consciousness and the awakening of the soul. My work changed over the years from private practice as a licensed clinical psychologist, spiritual teacher and healer, corporate consultant and executive coach, to a sport’s psychologist specializing in golf.
By the time the pandemic overcame us, I was living a mostly retired life in Phoenix, AZ. My new life of seclusion deepened my spiritual practice. Given my free time and desire to help others, I learned how to sew and made masks to protect others from the Covid-19 virus. My sewing skills grew and I progressed from masks, to garments, and to quilts. I have always appreciated devotional artwork and had several Tibetan Thangkas hanging on my walls. I was suddenly struck with the awareness that the Thangkas had the same structure as a quilt. I decided to turn my focus to devotional artwork and use the model of the Thangka to honor and various Masters in the yoga tradition. Given my relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda, I choose to honor him and the others in the Self-Realization Fellowship lineage. The design and creation of these beautiful Master Thangkas has become part of my spiritual practice as an act of devotion.