The mandala is one such centring space for self and the soul. Mandala is a Sanskrit word for “magic circle”. For thousands of years the creation of mandalas, circular and often geometric designs, have been a part of spiritual practices. Almost every culture has revered the power of the circle and circular forms are found at scared sites throughout the world, Stonehenge and the circular maze at the base of Chartre Cathedral in France. Spiritual seekers have created mandalas to bring forth the sacred through images and have evoked the circle in ritual and art making for the purpose of transcendence, mindfulness, and wellness.
Making a mandala simply means creating an image within any circular space. self-created mandalas are reflections of your inner self in the moment and are symbolic of your potential for change and transformation. Carl Jung is credited with introducing the concept of the mandala to Western though the believed that mandalas represented one’s total personality.
Mandala making, whether drawing, painting or through three dimensional media, is often an experience similar to meditation.
“Most mandalas have an intuitive, irrational character and through their symbolical content, exert a retroactive influence on the unconscious. They therefore possess a magical significance, like icons, whose possible efficacy was never consciously felt by the patient.” Carl Gustav Jung