The literal interpretation of Mandala in Sanskrit is a circle with a center or essence.
The Mandala appeared in different cultures and can be found in North America and South America, among Aboriginals in Australia, as well as in South Asian cultures, among Tibetans, Hindus and Buddhists, where the mandala can be seen in the form of temples.
The mandala symbolizes the universe and the human soul or essence.
Most of the Mandala paintings associated with Eastern religions, such as the Tibetans or the Indians, have a significant center from which are drawn the contexts of enlightenment or the characteristics of a bodhisattva (enlightened being). In these cultures, there is also a clear graphic division of the drawing around the mandala (4 corners, 6, 7 or 8 vertices, or multiples), each graphic has its own meaning.
To the West, the Mandala came through Carl Gustav Jung, a psychoanalyst who used Mandala in self-healing, and believed it represented the “self” archetype.
According to Jung, the mandala symbolizes the human psyche. The circle that delineates the mandala symbolizes the boundaries of the self and the area outside Mandala represents the environment and the world outside.
In the mandala process we use all kinds of symbols, shapes and colors. The very choice of these has meaning, and it is possible to learn from the choice of shapes, colors, symbols, and their location in a circle that affects the human soul and his place in the world.
Drawing the Mandala, because of its circular character and its repeated signs (not necessarily), remind us the mantras that are spoken in meditation and bring us to peace and quiet.
Mandala is a whole world just like the human soul. It is a therapeutic, developmental and simple tool for the activity, fun and pleasure that the very creation creates.
The structure of the mandala was revealed to us from all sides. Look at the flowers and see a magical mandala in front of your eyes. Cross in two of the best fruits and vegetables – tomato, orange, cucumber, carambola and more – Mandala!
The celestial bodies – the sun, the moon and the stars – mandala.
The anatomical structure of man, eyeball – mandala.
Elements of Religion – Jewish Dome, Star of David, Basilica in Churches, Indian Elements and Symbols – Mandala.
We can also add cyclicality of nature, circular dance, the cycle of women, reproductive cycles – characterized by a circular structure like the mandala.
Mandala as a therapeutic tool – just like interpreting a dream, or using art therapy, the mandala is a wonderful tool for deciphering the inner world and for treatment.
The symbols, shapes, and colors are a mirror of the human soul and subconscious.
Mandala is a language of painting that reflects the human condition, its development, its physical and mental state. Sign language allows the analyst to observe the inner self.
The painting bypasses judgment, is connected to the truth and neutralizes formulations and masks. The painting on its marks and the organization on the face of the page accurately reflects the interior and the state of painting here and now and the effects of the past on its present state.
The mandala painting process, like meditation, creates calm, concentration, relaxation and relaxation. A kind of emotional release that brings relief and release. Therefore, even without the intervention of the therapist, the painter can discharge his feelings, anger, feelings and feel balance and the calm after the storm.
Intuitive Mandala Exercise
Sit in a relaxed place, a pleasant environment for you. You can use music , a notebook, a candle, sitting in nature, or whatever you choose is right for you.
On an A4 page, draw a circle in the center of the page. You can use a compass or a round object like a disc. Surround yourself with different colors – markers, oil / panda and crayons in shades and colors as you can.
Give yourself a few minutes of connecting to music, the environment, to yourself.
Draw anything that comes to mind without judgment, without having to “get out nicely,” “be harmonious,” “be colorful,” etc. Simply, intuitively, vent yourself on the page. Choose a color that calls you right now, draw any shape, object or line that you want to be seen on the page ….
You can paint, scribble, decorate or whatever you want.
Now try to look at the product. Indicate where you are resting in Mandala, where it is more difficult, painful, unpleasant.
Look at the colors you have chosen, try to find out what these colors are for you. Look at the shapes, the objects and try to check with yourself, to feel what they are coming to tell you.
Write down everything that comes up. Try not to be judgmental towards yourself and remember that everything that comes, but whatever comes, is right for you right now. Stream with writing, do not correct yourself, not wording or mistakes. No one is going to read what you have written. This is solely for you and for you.
The more you agree to be truly liberated, the deeper the process will be into the mind and soul, and slowly insights will appear, and even asymmetrical ones may fall … Do not wait for them. Do not expect. Your job is only to release. what comes comes!
To your success!