Self Development

The power of the mandala

“Mandalas represent the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious”. Carl Jung

I first heard about mandalas about a year ago. Even though we are surrounded everywhere by mandalas, I never heard of the term and most importantly I wasn’t aware of the hidden magic behind it.

For those of you who don’t know, a mandala is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism which represents the Universe. Mandalas are basically a circular drawing that can be decorated and colored in an endless amount of ways. They represents wholeness, unity, continuity and the cycle of life and nature.

Unlike any other shape, the circle is a harmonious shape that inspires individuals to focus inward. This is why mandalas are often used in therapy or as a leisure activity. After long observation and analysis, the great psychotherapist Carl Jung recognized that the creation of mandalas helps integrate, stabilize and balance the individual’s inner state of mind. This type of drawing or coloring can access the deeper levels of the unconscious and comfort those who are looking for inner peace and stability.

Once you experience this type of drawing, you will have the urge to create mandalas when you find yourself soul-searching, when you are trying to understand the deeper meaning of things and you would like to integrate them in your system. Many persons find themselves drawing circular shapes at key moments of their therapy or personal development. Only by drawing the shape of a circle and concentrating on its interior, can help ease the mind and integrate information which is harder to digest by the soul.

I would describe drawing a mandala almost as a hypnosis. Whenever I create my own mandala, I feel completely and utterly absorbed by the process. You can easily spend an hour drawing your mandala, without even realizing how time flies. It is an extremely engaging practice which channels all your senses and reunites all your energy. When I draw a mandala I feel focused, serene and at peace with myself. Which is, by the way, rare for me :)!

As I draw shape after shape and fill in the blanks always looking towards the inner of the circle, I feel as if I’m caressing and massaging my soul. It is a very intimate, solitary process with oneself which builds confidence, strength and self-love. It is a very soothing form of therapy which is non-aggressive and non-invasive. The results are always beautiful and it doesn’t require any type of experience or artistic skill.

There are now many books out there which promote the coloring of mandalas, however I find it much more beneficial to make your own. You don’t need any specific material for this type of drawing and it’s much more therapeutic if you create it from scratch. A compass can help to give more precision to your drawing, but that’s not what matters when creating a mandala. The important thing is to let go and let the creative process take you away.

I promise you will enjoy it! If you want to share any personal mandalas with me, I would be more than happy to look at them.

Artistic credits: Anamaria Olaru

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