Were you a doodler in high school too? If you were, you'd probably benefit from (and be good at) making mandalas!
I've always found doodling, drawing circles, or even a spiral outward from a central point to be very meditative and calming. In fact, I used to swear that doodling and creating mandalas helped my brain pay attention in math class and church; so much so, that I devoted my senior year art concentration on mandalas!
So I am very excited about my new class, Making Mandalas!! It's a creative journey into the magic of mandalas for healing, reflection, and enjoyment.
Mandalas been my "go-to" subject since I first began to draw flowers, shapes and lines. But it wasn't until I did the Moondala cards from Spirit De La Lune that I figured out exactly why I liked mandalas so much. They bring me into a nice meditative and calm state. In fact, a simple mandala is a very fast way to bring me to my center. Depending on the theme or intention behind the mandala, I can access that state deeper and find out things about myself.
While painting this mandala, I really came to realize how much I've missed teaching art! When I got laid off from teaching high school a fear years back, some major blockages came up. It was during the making of this mandala that I was able to uncover what exactly it was that was blocking me from wanting to teach art again. I was able to get into a safe rhythm, and work through the fears and blockages.
Why Should You Make Mandalas?
Well, I'm not promising that mandalas will fix all of your problems, you'll still have to "do the work." But making mandalas can help you access a nice rhythm and create a sacred space for yourself. A mandala is an archetypal symbol of wholeness, and is a therapeutic art tool in aiding one to ground, and find their center. It is an offering we give as we uncover a part of ourselves.
Mandalas can be meticulously drawn to geometric perfection, or they can be intuitively splattered onto a canvas.
The message is usually a personal one that many are able to feel and see. Both the act of making and looking at mandalas can be healing.
Mandalas have long been used throughout the world for self-expression, and spiritual transformation. Examples of mandalas can be found in Native American healing rituals, Christian cathedrals and frescos, and intricately designed sand mandalas by Tibetan Monks.
Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung used Mandalas in his work as a psychiatrist. He believed the mandala to be a path to the higher self.
He is credited to with bringing the Eastern concept of the mandala to the Western world.
“ 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.”
Mandalas are one of my favorite ways of bringing together spirituality, healing and art! Mandalas are fun, easy, and such a great way to express yourself too. Please join me in Making Mandalas!