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PhotoCollage: Ronda LaRue, 1998

The Mask is an ancient symbol of transcendence and power.

It emits an almost eerie force field of latent power and potential; the sense of something deeply mysterious about to reveal itself; a spirit calling up secrets from within - and beyond...

The Mask has had a significant role throughout human civilization as a portal into the great mysteries of life and consciousness.

It was used by the great Shaman traditions of every known culture as a instrument for obtaining wisdom, gaining protection, seeking guidance, celebrating rites of passage, and for healing.

In more metaphysical terms, the mask is a way of reconnecting the "dreaming soul" with the every day living self.

I've discovered for myself, that mask making holds that same mysterious power of self-discovery today...

Contemporary Significance

I've noticed for years that people are fascinated by masks - and by the curious power they evoke. We have all probably sensed that odd sensation of a living presence when we gaze upon an ancient mask hanging in a museum or gallery -- or in theater.

In the more than 30 years I’ve been exploring masks and working with clients (ranging in age from only 17 months to 102 years!); in classrooms and workshops (ranging in size from 6 people to 80); for shamanic healing ceremonies; and on special Life Dream Masks on a commissioned basis, I continue to grow in my fascination and deep respect for the tremendous transforming power mask making holds for our contemporary and "high tech" lives.

Whether your interest is "purely artistic", more playful, or deeply soulful, making your Life Mask can show you something truly surprising and wonderful... what I call: "the spirit of the mask".

Books by Ronda LaRue

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ReMembeirng Who You Really Are:
The Journey of Awakening to Soul

by Ronda LaRue, M.S.
Foreword by Richard Moss, M.D.

A contemporary classic on meeting the Dark Night of Soul as a process of spiritual awakening, healing and wisdom. Based on Ronda's own awakening journey. 

(Available in Paperback,  Kindle,)

 how to find my life purpose book by spiritual awakening author Rhonda larue 
The Art of Living Your Destiny! 

A deeply engaging guidebook based on Ronda LaRue's Soul Art Process of Awakening (tm) demonstrating the art of discovering and living one’s true purpose and unique creative genius. Discover that the answer truly lies within...

(Available in Paperback,  Kindle, and eBook


Ronda LaRue, M.S. is an internationally recognized author, healing and shaman arts teacher / life coach, and artist. For more visit:  or 

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In this video, master mask-maker, Ronda LaRue will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to create your own life mask, including an array of creative applications.  Approx. 40 minutes



  1. Intro: Materials Used and Mixing the Plaster
  2. Applying Plaster to Face  (step-by-step)
  3. Decorating tips and ideas
  4. Making a Press Mold
  5. TV Interview with Artist/Mask-Maker Ronda LaRue: Home & Garden, Carol Duvall Show
  6. Slide Show: Gallery of Ideas