Have you ever heard of a mandala? If not, you’re missing out on a miraculous wonder. We find mandalas in nature, within the swirling design in a snail’s shell, in the beauty of an aerial view of a flower, in the universe and in much of that which is found in between.
Mandalas are created and utilized by Native Americans as ritual tools such as dream catchers and medicine wheels. They are found in far East cultures dating back centuries and used for meditative purposes and if you look closely at other areas in the world you will discover many other uses such as that of the Labyrinth, a spiritual patterned circle utilized to gain balance.
A mandala is a patterned shape that visually depicts the beauty and strength of a circle; much like an artistic rendering of the intrinsic value or energy of a support group circle.
The MandalaProject.org explains, “The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community… many beautiful mandalas [are created] to express … visions and beliefs. Carl Jung said that a mandala symbolizes ‘a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness. ’It is “a synthesis of distinctive elements in a unified scheme representing the basic nature of existence.” Jung used the mandala for his own personal growth and wrote about his experiences.”
In order to experience the beauty of a mandala, I challenge you to draw a circle (as large or small as you would like) and then start from within its center, perhaps by drawing a dot or small circle, and then begin layering around this center by drawing different designs, symbols or pictures until you’ve filled the entire circle from its center to the outer edge. Finish the mandala by adding shades and/or colors. As you focus on the detail of this project, you’ll suddenly forget all that is troubling you. You’ll absorb a soothing energy as your blank sheet of paper blossoms and transforms into an empowering and unique circle.
As you seed and nurture this unfolding pattern, you will discover the spiritual power the mandala gifts. What are you waiting for? Give it a try!
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