In uncertain times, there are those who believe natural and man-made disasters of this world can be healed through prayer and art.
The ancient art of Sanskrit, called a Mandala is being produced at East Carolina University by Buddhist Monks from Tibet.
The Mandala is a portrait created by millions of grains of colored sand to represent the beauty of life. Once it's finished, the sand is ceremoniously poured in to a body of water as a spiritual blessing, and a symbol of life and death.
Friday, the sand from the Mandala will be poured into the Tar River as blessing to the community for healing and renewal.