*About Mandalas*

The word mandala is from the Sanskrit word meaning “sacred circle.” Mandalas are considered Eastern in origin, however, they are found in all cultures and all religions.

Connie's first mandala - blending Buddhist Sri Yantra and Native American Theme

A few of the many places they are found are in Native American Culture with the “sacred hoop”, in Christianity with the Gothic cathedral “rose windows,” in the ancient Aztec Calendars, and in Tibetan Buddhist sand paintings that are intricate and elaborate – only to be allowed to be blown away by the wind signifying the impermanence of all things.

The “sacred circle” of the mandala is found throughout nature and in most aspects of our lives. The universe and its contained orbits are permeated with circles – from the plants, the sun and its orbital nature, the cycle of the seasons, flowers, seeds, trees, and so much more – even down to the cell itself and the orbital nature of the atoms.

Within the circle of the mandala is a center – the center of our souls, the center of our self, that which connects humankind to the universe, connecting our inner-being to all that is around us. The mandala represents” wholeness,” and helps us to reconnect to our center – our very core. They are a connection of the individual consciousness to the universal consciousness – a connection to the realization that we are “all one.”

Carl Jung is attributed to bringing the Mandala to western culture in the early 1900′s when his own personal development began a major exploration of the mandala – drawing them daily for years. He stated, “it became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation… I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self, I had attained what was for me, the ultimate.”

Simple Lotus Spiral

This connection with wholeness is no doubt one of the reasons that the mandala has great healing energies. The act of coloring, drawing, painting – or any involvement in the making of a mandala has great healing energies for the “artist” involved. Many therapists are using the creation of mandalas as a type of therapy for children, adolescents and adults, whether it be for PTSD, cancer patients, victims of abuse, or children with behavioral difficulties. The act of “involvement” with the mandala is soothing, relaxing and healing.

Additionally, it is said that the mandala has a healing energy that it gives off. Many people state, “I don’t know what it is – I just feel a calmness in looking at this (mandala).” Perhaps that is the part of connection to “wholeness” within. Some mandalas are specifically for the “concentration” or “focus” on them – a form of meditation, which is, once again, for the quiet and  healing aspects that come from reconnection to one’s center.