Creating a mandala to manifest your intention is a truly unique spiritual experience.
“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’.
Creating a mandala has been practiced as a ritual tool throughout many cultures and religions worldwide.
Tibetan Buddhists, Indians, Native Indians, and even Taoists believe a mandala represents the universe and 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 the 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 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
A mandala drawing
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 space to just be, and breathe as if you were in deep meditation.
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