Through my years of experience mandalas have been a beautiful gentle way for people to get in touch with their subconscious and gain more clarity into what is happening within. Not only do they help you to move through blocks and fears they are a wonderful way of manifesting dreams.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “healing circle” For thousands of years mandalas have been used in various forms starting way back with the cave mans fascination with spirals which were found on the walls and carvings to the Tibetan monks and there beautiful sand paintings. Our fascination with the circle is understandable as it has so many meanings I am sure you have heard the term the “circle of life” we are created from an egg and nestled in a circular place the ” womb” we arrive through a circular tunnel into this beautiful world which mother earth is a circle itself and circles around the solar system and then our bodies leave hence the the ” circle of life”
So why the fascination Carl Jung once said ” I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. Only gradually did I discover that the mandala really is: the Self, the wholeness of the personality which if all goes well is harmonious.” We are so drawn to self hence the words selfish self-absorbed because in the self is where the answers are.
So what are the benefits of mandalas? Lets try one and see shall we.
Put aside one hour and create a beautiful place to be alone, light a candle some gentle music (instrumental preferred) and incense a lovely cup of your favorite hot beverage.
You will need colors of any sort be it pencils, oil pastels, paint, mandalas can be used in many mediums from paper cuttings to material. You will also need a large piece of paper.
Now take 3 deep breaths and with each breath breathe in love and let go any tension and fear anything that has been bothering you. Lets set an intent for this mandala you could have the intent “love” and what that means for you. If love doesn’t work for you then find something that you want to either work through or bring into your life.
Now I find it is easier sometimes for people who haven’t experienced any creative process’s to actually use their opposing hand the reason being is it gets you in touch with the right side of the brain which is your intuitive feeling side.
Now draw a large circle and focus on your intent and just start making marks. Try not to think too much and just allow the feelings to flow through onto the page.
Once you have finished your mandala pick up a pen and write down each color you have used and give that color a word. Example yellow is love, pink is joy, red is fire, blue is pain now the reason we do this is because each color means something different to the individual and this can vary each day depending on the space you are in.
Here is an example mandala that I have done recently
This was about a visual I had received with regards to my inner child.
You can also look at the shapes and give them meaning as well example the circle of the mouth meaning a silent. Now as I looked at the colors and the mandala the story it was telling me is that my inner child is screaming to be heard and wanting to be loved and to create this beautiful world that she has so wanted for so long. She is angry yet has moved through so much and the clarity of green in her eyes tells me she is seeing so much more in a healthier beautiful way. The blue above is coming out of the darkness and she is getting more in touch with her spirituality.
Keep your mandala out and look at it each day for a week you will may find there is still more of a story to be told. You may find that there is so much more to work though in your mandala example you have an area of fear but you may not know what it is so I suggest you do a mandala just on the intent of what is this fear. I hope you enjoy your mandala experience and embrace your beautiful self through this.