When I started selling mandalas, a friend of mine asked me a few questions such as what is a mandala, how to use them and if it was allowed in religious believes. So, I decided I’d write this post about mandalas and what I understand them to be.
Mandalas: what are they?
Mandalas are basically repeated patterns that start at the centre of a circle and radiates out in concentric layers. The patterns can be repeated from the centre to the outer most layer or each layer can have its own patterns.
A mandala’s circular shape represents the whole. A circle holds potential within it and when a mandala is filled layer by layer, it can be a form of a journey from our centre moving outwards in search of our true potential. A circle is never ending, it is a cycle. Therefore a circular mandala tells us that life is a cycle, from where we end, we begin.
As a hanging wall piece to stained glass features, mandalas can be appreciated solely as art. The beautiful patterns within it and the colours combine to present an amazing work of art.
Mandalas and religion
If you do a Google search you will find that the concept of a mandala appears in many different traditions across the globe. Though it is popularly regarded as a Hindu tradition, the mandala can be found in various shapes and forms in churches and even mosques.
Mandalas and its uses
Carl Jung used mandalas as a tool in treating his patients. To him, it represented an individual’s journey of realisation. He called it the Individuation process – the journey from the small self to the higher Self.
Colouring a mandala has been shown to relieve stress and can be used as a form of meditation. Just Google “free mandalas to colour” and you’ll find hundreds if not thousands of mandala line art to print off and enjoy an hour or hour-and-a-half of “me time”. By focusing your attention on the colouring process, your breath and the movement of the pencil or pen on the papers, it helps to slow down your thoughts until you reach a space that is silent in your mind. The more you practice this, with awareness, these “spaces of silence” become longer. And that is the goal of meditation.
The trick of course is to not plan the colours. Go with the flow and pick colours at random. It is interesting to note that at times, you may not like the colour that you choose or feel that the colour combinations are just not right. Don’t judge! Instead see what unfolds.
A coloured mandala like the intention mandalas offered here, have been focused with a particular intention. To find out more: