Author Archives: Gwen Cheryl Lyn Sarandrea

About Gwen Cheryl Lyn Sarandrea

Gwen Sarandrea has been helping people deal with the aging and death of parents and other loved ones. Look for her book - The Healing House, The Gift of Dad's Final Years book, workbook & membership site.

Give Montage Mirage Photo Tapestries as a gift!

If you have a scrapbooker on your shopping list, give them a gift that will expand their horizons. The book will inspire them to create their own beautiful, framed montage mirages that will please them for many years to come. Follow the simple instructions. No artistic training necessary. Simply find your favorite photos and cut [...]

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A PRAYER FOR THE EARTH

Hope of the World Divine Mother, birthing all universes, we deeply love, honor and appreciate the whole miraculous creation! Bless the Earth with infinite abundance, Immaculate Mary. Purify its waters, restore its forests, soils and all interconnected life, O, Hope of the World. Shower graces on all woman who carry your sacred life force in [...]

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NOURISHING THE SACRED FEMININE

  I’d like to share a simple practice that nourishes my feminine nature. I love the song “Ave Maria”  beautifully and reverently sung by Celine Dion. I created a Playlist that repeats the Ave Maria for an entire hour. Played softly in the background, it sounds like an angel is singing the Rosary. It opens [...]

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Releasing Judgment

  Our culture teaches us to judge everything in terms of good/bad, right/wrong, pleasure/pain, reward/punishment, etc. Yet nothing drains our energy more than constantly judging every thought, experience, person or event. Judging separates, limits & defines when all life is interconnected. You’re setting yourself against life rather than going with it, depleting your life force. Energy [...]

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Everything is Perfect

Our ego/mind stays in control by keeping us focused in the past or the future. Rehashing what’s already occurred changes nothing. Judgments about what “should”, “would” or “could” have happened “if only”… and “why” are futile & merely wastes precious energy. What you resist persists. What you think about is your reality. Instead, think in [...]

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Angel’s Touch

I’ve had a lot of difficulty falling and staying asleep and have recently withdrawn from all prescription drugs taken over the last two and a half decades. I’m now on a program to restore my fatigued adrenal glands using natural supplements because prescription drugs don’t work long term and even have detrimental effects on brain [...]

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The Healing House, The Gift of Dad’s Final Years

In 1994, I invited my 80-year-old widowed father to move from PA. to CA. to live with me. The spontaneous invitation came straight from my heart. I had no idea how I’d accomplish this because, at 50 years old, I was feeling worn down by life, on 2 sleeping medications & I was living in [...]

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Transpersonal Pathway

Montage mirage (MM), as a transpersonal pathway to spiritual & psychological growth, is an easy, fun, concrete method for self-knowledge. Used as an art therapy form by people of all ages, alone or in groups, discoveries & re-creation of personal mythology happen through dynamic, artistic engagement. The creative process is the HOW of it, the [...]

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The Intention Question

Do you know that our conscious mind controls about 5% of our awareness while the unconscious (that regulates our bodies & operates on auto pilot from the past) represents 95%? We are bombarded by 2 million bits of info every second & our unconscious mind keeps us sane by filtering out, distorting & deleting most [...]

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Anchor Your Positive Feelings

Have you ever had a fantastic day when everything was going right? Or you were rejoicing when you received something you really needed or wanted and wished that these feelings of well-being could last a lot longer? There is a way to encode these uplifting energies by deliberately touching a particular part of your body [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at the end of his career that’s remains quite remarkable! A living garden grows under a stretch of ribbed glass dome spanning the entire length of the building. Trees & other greenery reach up to gather light while nature’s beauty [...]

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Photo Art From Your Heart

With today’s digicams, you can snap an endless supply of shots that can be edited, resized & printed in glorious, colorful detail thereby making artists of us all. Take a series of pics of people, pets, projects & places you love & arrange them into pleasing patterns enhanced by flower prints or natural vistas to [...]

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You Are Not Alone!

Many years ago, sometime in my 30s, when I was feeling down, discouraged & completely alone, a voice came into my mind with these words that lifted me, “YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” I marveled that it was a direct transmission from above. I had not originated it. Where did it come from? Was my guardian [...]

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Reprogram Your Unconscious Mind

From before birth, you absorbed everything around you without discrimination until about age 6 when your brain waves shifted. In essence, the child inside is still running the show. Below are several ways you can reprogram your unconscious directly based on the latest brain research of neural plasticity. Do a “brain dump”. Write down all [...]

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Wedding Photo Tapestry

Close to five decades have passed since I was married. We had a big wedding, four bridesmaids & a complement of groomsmen, a banquet afterwards, flowers, band, huge multi-tiered cake, the works. The wedding photographer put all of the photos into a book. After awhile, that book was put away & forgotten. It’s now locked [...]

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Small Things Shape Us

When reflecting on our lives, we remember the big things that happened. Our parents, or lack of them, childhood passages, marriages, divorces, children grown & gone, important family & friends we’ve lost are recalled. I was fortunate to be raised in the 50s, with parents who stayed together, loved & educated Carole & me. Extended [...]

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Heal Your Heart Art

Montage Mirage Myth & Photo Tapestries have been major modalities for healing my own heart. They have mirrored my deepest sorrows & highest aspirations. My internal world, vivid imagination & intuitive sense, through the participation of my body, have come into fresh, whole relationship. Assembling photo symbols into new physical form made them real, tangible [...]

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Montage Mirage Poem

In 1994, I wrote this poem: Escape humdrum realities With Montage Mirage fantasies. Paste your dreams upon your door From fairy tales to mythic lore. Montage Mirage could be the key To set your imagination free. Cover the wall before you’re done, Montage Mirage for everyone. No drawing needed, cut and paste, Montage Mirage an [...]

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Montaged Walls Interaction

Let me give you more details about my interaction with the montaged walls. I began to see the stories come alive. For example, I pasted a picture of a lady wearing a mink stole as a symbol of prosperity. Not long after, I received a package from mom containing an actual mink stole! She said [...]

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How It All Began

Montage Mirage Photo Tapestries began in the vicinity of 1983, I went to a New Year’s Eve workshop with close friends. We created rituals to bid farewell to the old year, asked forgiveness from any we may have harmed and forgave everyone for anything real or perceived. We released what was incomplete, no longer useful [...]

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