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Discover the Amazing Healing Power of Mandalas

Just a few years ago, coloring was something mostly reserved for children. But recently, adult coloring books have started popping up everywhere. All types of people have begun to discover that the act of coloring has an amazing ability to alleviate stress and bring about a calm state of mind. One of the most popular patterns found in adult coloring books is the mandala. This same symbol has been used as a meditation tool by Hindus and Buddhists for centuries, and more recently by psychologist Carl Jung during psychoanalysis. But what exactly are these geometrically-patterned circles, how do they work, and why do they have such a profound effect on our psyche?

The Meaning behind Mandalas

The basic shape of the mandala, the circle, is a symbol of wholeness. Its representation can be found in every aspect of life: circles are the shapes of the sun and moon and also represent the circle of life and the cycle of infinity. A mandala, with its geometric lines and shapes symbolizes the totality of the universe and our place in it. Mandalas are a form of sacred geometry that can be see as “cosmic diagrams”, reminding us of the infinite nature of being.

The truth in this inherent quality of nature speaks to us on a deep level, which explains how mandalas have had such a meditative and healing affect on humans throughout history.

Mandalas for Meditation

A mandala that is used as a visual meditation tool is known as a yantra, such as the photo of Sri yantra shown above. Mandalas are perhaps the best visual representation of the oneness felt during deep meditation. Thus, they make a great visual aid, or unconscious reminder.  The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.

Mandalas for Healing

The act of coloring a mandala focuses attention on the peace, harmony and unity that they represent.

Mandalas can be created by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual has been.  In some cases they will reveal the individual’s path in life.  Groups can create mandalas that will reveal what they should be doing in order to grow and develop.

Mandalas also have powerful healing capacity, especially for emotional disease.  The sense of separateness caused by “dis-ease” is responsible for both physical and mental disorders. Using the mandala for meditation can conquer those dis-eases. Psychologists and psychiatrists have used mandalas and the coloring of mandalas with patients for years. Carl Jung, in particular, drew his own mandalas for inner peace and had his patients do so was well. In making and coloring mandalas, he discovered that great healing could occur. He even kept detailed records of his research with mandalas which can be studied today.

Carl Jung refers to the mandala as “the psychological expression of the totality of the self.”


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