“Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” ~ Pema Chodron “Mandala” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘circle’.
Mandalas have been used as a ritual tool in many cultures and religions around the world – Native American Indians, Tibetan Buddhists, Taoists – who believed mandala represented the universe and the life cycle.
The mandala, through its intricate layers has the effect of reminding us of the circular motions and cycles of life, the infinitude of the universe, and our connection to all. Because of these precious lessons, the mandala has the ability to be a powerful meditation tool. Carl Jung believed that mandalas represented the Self, and used it in psychotherapy as a tool to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality of his patients.
How to create your own mandala experience:
A mandala can also be used to guide the viewer into a hypnotic or a higher state of consciousness. With its aesthetically pleasing designs, an irritating thought will not be able to wiggle itself into the person’s consciousness as they are solely focused on the hypnotic beauty of the mandala’s designs. Through this hypnotic state the person is able to reach a higher consciousness and a better understanding of themselves.
To meditate on a mandala, choose the one that you can connect with and then set an intention you wish to focus on. Your intention can be anything that is happening in your life and you’re looking to gain more clarity on it. Once you have set your intention you can turn your focus to the mandala.
Take in the designs and the mandala’s circular and infinite structure. If your mind starts to wander to mundane things, gently pull it back to the beautiful designs. Get completely absorbed and lost in the design of the mandala, and as you go deeper into it you will begin to feel more relaxed and lighter in your head.
“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.” ~ Carl Jung
Another way to meditate on a mandala is to create your own mandala by drawing, colouring or painting. Everything in the mandala design is specific and symbolic, so by creating your own mandala you have the ability to meditate as you create. Drawing the meditative designs will calm you in any state, and give you the space to just be, and breathe, as if you were in deep meditation.
Learn to draw a mandala…