The Soul of a MandalaUnlock Mysteries About Your Self, Your Life and The Universe
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle”. In its origin, it’s a spiritual symbol representing the Universe, used in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is commonly used as a symbol representing the microcosm (the self) and the macrocosm (the Universe), the invisible inner world (center) and the visible outer world (circle).
“Mandala art has been used throughout the world for self-expression, spiritual transformation, and personal growth. Mandala is the ancient Sanskrit word for circle and is seen by Tibetans as a diagram of the cosmos. It is used by Native Americans in healing rituals and in Christian cathedrals the labyrinth is a mandalic pattern used as a tool for meditation. An archetypal symbol of wholeness, the mandala was used as a therapeutic art tool by psychologist Carl Jung, who believed creating mandalas helped patients to make the unconscious conscious”– Author Bailey Cunningham in his book Mandala – Journey to the Center
I agree with Carl Jung. I use the Mandala as a tool to “make the unconscious conscious”. When I create a Mandala, I pay attention to my thoughts, feelings and actions. I think that how you do anything is how you do everything. If you pay attention to how you create a Mandala, you will gain insight into how you live your life. You notice thought patterns popping up that you normally wouldn’t notice in the hectic hustle and bustle of your day. You notice feelings that come up that you otherwise would have unconsciously numbed out with food, alcohol, drugs, TV, internet surfing, or any number of things that keep your attention off the one thing that matters most: YOU. When creating a Mandala, only two things exist in that moment, your Mandala and you. And the Mandala is merely a mirror which reflects you back to yourself. How you treat the Mandala is how you treat yourself. It may just seem like an innocent art project, but if you pay attention with present moment awareness, you’ll discover that creating a Mandala can unlock mysteries about yourself, your life and the Universe.
Working on a Mandala teaches you incredible things about yourself, and many times, it’s a healing art, a form of therapy, as this one below was in my case. I teach a Mandala workshop once a year. It’s open exclusively for my subscribers and is done online so that distance does not hinder those who want to learn this intimate art. I also believe that to get the most out of your Mandala, you need to be alone with it. I’ve taken numerous Mandala workshops where everyone works together in one room. While I learned many things, I have never gained as much insight from a workshop with others around as I have when I’m intimately alone with my Mandala. If you’re interested in my next workshop or want to stay updated, you can subscribe in the box in the upper right of this page, and I’ll send information and updates as the next workshop comes around.
The below slideshow features a Mandala I’ve been working on for over a year (!)… the canvas dimensions are a little over 2.5 feet x 2.5 feet. I started this after my dad died in March 2013 and after a particularly difficult break up. My intention was to heal my heart so I started with a heart in the center and built out. As time passed, my mandala got more intricate and my heart healed, and I found that I didn’t need to work on it as much as I had when I started. It’s actually been about 6 months since I put a pen to it. I do intend to finish it but the need for it is no longer as pressing.