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Discover Ways To Develop A Spiritual Practice Unique To Your Beliefs And Path.
Mandalas, a geometric figure representing the universe, are commonly used by tantric Buddhists and Hinduism as an aid to meditation.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
Mandala means “ secret circle” in Sanskrit. The mystical pattern of a mandala manifests in abundance in nature: flowers, snowflakes, sun, moon, succulents, spider web, etc., architecture and are also powerful symbols in cultures throughout world history.Mandalas are used as a transformative tool to assist with healing.
Why are circles believed to be so powerful? The circle is a symbol of wholeness, continuity, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life.Unlike other shapes, the circle flows and has no hard edges or angles.Circles are believed to help individuals focus inward. For many people, simply looking at the circular symphony of shapes and patterns evokes a feeling of calm and contentment.
The famous psychiatrist Carl G. Jung would ask his patients to draw mandalas as a form of therapy. Jung believed that this practice would allow his patients to symbolically work their way through the outer chaos of their lives and get in touch with their center. Jung noticed that his patients became more focused and relaxed after drawing mandalas. The motivation in creating mandala images was to heal.
Some believe that, when a person is drawing a mandala, his or her impression of the outside world shows up in the structure of the mandala, while the inner workings of the psyche are revealed in the content.
Symmetry is the guide. The benefits of mandalas are manifold. The range of personal benefits from making a mandala range from emotional to health, from mental clarity to spiritual growth.
Below is a list of many — but certainly not all — benefits of making mandalas.
Creating Mandalas Helps…
Calm your mind,
Quiet your emotions,
Induce feelings of tranquility and deep contentment,
Uplift your soul,
Promote greater awareness of self and Life,
Make meditation easier and more accessible,
Reduce stress and lower blood pressure,
Generate good health and well-being,
Ground and center your consciousness,
Integrate polarities within yourself (such as yin/yang),
Stimulate your creative thinking and problem-solving abilities,