A fourth-generation artist, Paul Heussenstamm (American, b. 1949) creates sacred art and is a practitioner of the Eastern tradition of transmission, in which a painting travels through the artist. He believes that soul patterns are manifested in mandalas, which have played a role in Eastern spiritual development for centuries. A sri yantra is a type of mandala with geometric patterns that form a symbolic representation of the creative forces of the universe. Through meditation, these shapes are believed to have a balancing and calming effect on a restless mind. Heussenstamm leads mandala-painting workshops so that others may discover their spiritual path through art.