Creating a personal mandala (sacred circle) is an active form of meditation that opens our mind and heart as one. Through direct revelation we are able to access insights based our intention. The mandala process helps to make the invisible visible. Creating a mandala can shift our consciousness as we connect with our inner wisdom deep within our soul.
History of the word Mandala
The Sanskrit word mandala means sacred circle in the Hindu tradition. Mandala's are a meditative and healing art form that is intertwined with the concept of chakras (spinning wheels). Chakra's were sensed by the yogi's of India as invisible wheels of energy within the body during deep meditation. Yoga means "to yoke with spirit". As ancient Yogi's toned vocal sounds to improve their flow of life-force energy, they became aware of spinning wheels of energy within them. They chanted mantras that resonated within each chakra to reach higher/deeper levels of consciousness. The mantra “aum” was felt to be the primordial sound of creation. Yantras were drawn as visible manifestations of these archetypal mantras, which evolved into the meditative art of personal mandalas.
Mandalas are found throughout the world because they are based in the cosmic order of nature. Sacred circles were inspired by the sun, moon and stars such as Stonehenge. The Medicine Wheels of North America were ceremonial stone circles for personal and collective healing. The Dharmachakra of Buddhism is organized in a sacred circle that encompasses the four noble truths and eightfold path. Buddhist monks create intricate sand mandalas that are dissolved soon after completion as a way to meditate and manifest blessings for a community and to honor the impermanent nature of life. The Celtic Wheel of Life follows the seasons of the year as eight sacred aspects of life and death. The mystical 12th century Benedictine nun, Hildegard of Bingen, had a series of divine visions that she expressed as mandalas.
Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung (1875-1961) experienced "sacred circles” in his dreams as a way to heal the soul. He was fascinated by the mandala's ability to tap into the collective unconscious that helped awaken the unconscious self. Mandalas were a major source of inspiration as he developed his theory of archetypes. He eventually identified mandalas as the archetype of wholeness.
Dr. Rajita Sivananda (Judith Cornell Ph.D, 1941-2010) was inspired by Carl Jung as she pioneered new methods to use mandala's as a spiritual and healing practice. Her radical awakening, as a result of a cancer diagnosis in 1979, resulted in the development of using black paper and colored pencils to create healing mandalas for the mind, body and soul. Her process became a synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions, blending the sacred art and the spiritual science of the mandala with theories in quantum physics, raja and kundalini yoga plus transpersonal psychology. She wrote the award-winning book: Mandala - Luminous Symbols for Healing.
The black paper was a symbol of the unmanifested self and seven prismacolor pencils (white, violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) represented the chakra body as a rainbow of light. Dr. Cornell taught non-judgment, non-attachment and unconditional love. She saw the mandala as a spiritual path of active meditation that required no artistic skill.
In 2007, Laural Virtues Wauters attended her first retreat with Dr. Cornell at Mount Madonna, CA. She returned several months later to begin her training as a Mandala Facilitator. Laural is one of the few Mandala Facilitators certified by Dr. Cornell before her passing in 2010.
Creating a personal healing Mandala
No artistic experience or ability is needed, this is a process of stepping out of judgment and ego to allow ourself to draw from our heart as we access our inner wisdom. Each Mandala is themed around a subject, which will be reviewed along with a brief history of the Mandala. Before creating a mandala a personal healing intention will be set.
The mandala process begins by tracing a circle with white pencil onto a black sheet of paper. This white circle is the "container" for the Mandala. A white dot placed within the circle represents our beginning point. This dot is the "seed" of intention and the starting point of our mandala. We then enter into quiet reflection as we sit comfortably and become aware of our breathing, releasing all worry, anxiety or fear. We will be invited to open our third eye and our heart as we journey to receive a healing symbol or insight. Everyone will draw in silence for approximately one hour. After the creation of the Mandala, each person will meditate on its message for them and write this on the back of the mandala. This message will be brought into our heart as we awaken within.
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