Colorful drawings, rich forms, a captivating depth to look at …. these drawings fascinate me all my life: Mandalas!
In Hinduism and Buddhism the mandala (Sanskrit: ‘circle’) acts as spiritual and ritual symbol. It represents the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. But also C. G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, used it for his work. In his autobiography “Memories, Dreams, Reflections,” Jung wrote: “I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing,…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time….Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:…the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”
Jung recognized that the urge to make mandalas emerges during moments of intense personal growth. As Jungian analyst Marie Louise von Franz explains: “The mandala serves a conservative purpose—namely, to restore a previously existing order. But it also serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new and unique….The process is that of the ascending spiral, which grows upward while simultaneously returning again and again to the same point.” (C. G. Jung: “Man and His Symbols,” p. 225)
When you see circles encompassing other patterns or hosting their own sacred geometry in nature, you are viewing a natural mandala. Mandalas are everywhere if you take time to look. Plants and flora, trees, fruit, vegetables and even animals can hold the power of the mandala within them.
It is not only impressive to look at a mandala – you can design one yourselves as well! Especially during cold days lounging in the armchair with a delicious homemade Yogi Tea you can grab your pencils and start to doodle! At this site you can get some help!