Healing mandala

Healing mandala

The healing mandala for emotional healing. A garden, that is what I envisioned on deciding to draw this mandala. I guess it was because of the colours that would be used or maybe it was to me the perfect “landscape” when thinking about our emotions. As a garden.

Our emotions as opposed to feelings are varied. It came to me one day, quite gently, this revelation that really, there are only two feelings – love and fear. Everything else were born from these two feelings. Emotions on the other hand are varied. From those born of love (happiness, joy, love, passion) and fear (jealousy, anger, lust, greed).

Like flowers and weeds, in a garden.

This healing mandala has two main colours both associated with the heart chakra and healing – green and pink. Pink also represent unconditional love, and what better medicine to begin healing our emotions than to learn to love ourselves unconditionally. It means accepting ourselves completely for who we are. It means to know that we are beyond and above our personalities. It means to embrace our shortcomings and acknowledge them, and yet still love them. It means, we learn to like ourselves first and form a relationship with ourselves.

Orange in the Aura Soma colour system represents healing of timelines. Throughout our life there are instances where emotional trauma occurs. We carry these within us and situations will present themselves to allow us to heal from them. Sometimes it happens in our relationships – you know, when you keep wondering, why do I attract the same sort of arse-hole?!. Well, maybe it could be because we need to connect something within us, heal some thought patterns within us or maybe these arse-holes are really there to teach us that we can do better, that we are worthy of being uplifted. At other times or for different people it may occur in work situations and our relationships with co-workers or bosses. It may present itself with friends or acquaintances who bring us down more often than celebrating and respecting us and the relationship. In all of this, always look within and see if there is something within that is attracting these situations to us.

The gold-yellow represents our inner wisdom. It is a combination of orange and yellow. Yellow is also the colour of sunshine and happiness. It’s cheery and fun! It also represents the sun that helps our garden grow…

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

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Mandala for communication

Communication mandala

The second mandala. Why communication? Well, because I’m a writer and even these mandalas that I create are a form of communication.

A lot of us I feel tend to ignore the fact that our lives are constantly engaged in some form of communication. Communicating with others and, don’t forget about communicating with ourselves.

In the Aura Soma colour system, turquoise represents communication – from the heart. Turquoise is also the colour associated with dolphin energies. An animal that is highly intelligent, sociable and fun loving. So, of course the centre symbol chosen for this mandala was the dolphin, in turquoise.

Turquoise is a combination of blue and green. Blue is related to the throat chakra and relates to speech and communication. It also represents communicating the truth of you. Combined with the green of the heart chakra, the centre of love and healing, it isn’t a far reach as to why turquoise was chosen for communication.

The pink with the green also represent healing with respect to allowing ourselves to communicate truthfully and without fear.

Turquoise is also related to IT communication – the most used form of communication in this era.

The yellow here again is associated with the solar plexus for confidence when communicating. It also serves as a reminder that words in any form is powerful. To use words and communicate responsibly is on us. Telling your truth while being aware of the consequence that our words have is a balancing act that is so important to remember.

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

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Abundance mandala

Abundance mandala

This is the first mandala that I drew when I wanted to sell my mandala art. Abundance is a good mandala to start with as like anyone else, that is something that I want to attract into my life as well.

The symbol in the centre was chosen as it represents prosperity in the Chinese tradition. The spiral is another symbol that represents abundance.

As I was drawing this mandala, the thought of the sun came to mind. The sun with it’s golden yellow and orange life giving energy. The food of this planet. It suited the theme of abundance really well as the colours of red, yellow and orange signify in various ways abundance.

Red, orange and yellow are the colours of the three lower chakras. The red is the root chakra (base of the spine), orange is the sacral chakra (around the reproductive organs area) and yellow, the solar plexus chakra (just below the sternum where the anatomic solar plexus – the start point of nerves that branch out to supply the abdominal area – is situated).

The red in this mandala therefore symbolises security and the material aspect of our life. It includes financial security. The orange is for creativity as the sacral chakra represents the seat of creation. The yellow symbolises the sun and the confidence and power within us, to bring in the abundance into our space.

These three colours combined is to reach financial security by either creatively thinking of ways to go about it or, using and infusing our creativity and passion into our work or endeavours , and having the confidence and believe that we are worthy of abundance.

While colouring the abundance mandala, the thought of using the green entered my mind. Green in this instance symbolises healing. Most of us have issues with abundance, mainly stemming from what we are taught about being rich. That we have to work very hard, struggle almost to gain financial independence. It’s a debilitating thought when it comes to wanting to attract abundance into our life. The other is that money is the root of all evil. Even though at an intellectual level we know that this isn’t true. It isn’t money that is evil, it is how we can put money and power above all other things, it is the love of the stuff money can buy and it is this constant need to keep buying to fill the void within us that is “evil”. With the green surrounding the symbols of abundance, the intention is to allow the healing of these issues.

And that is how this mandala was created 🙂

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Mandalas

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.

Catholic mandalas
Mandalas commonly founds as stained glass features in churches. Source: http://www.waldorftoday.com/2013/09/mandala-the-encircling-round-holds-sway/
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Mandala in the Islamic tradition. Source: http://www.bohememag.com/beauty-islamic-architecture-mandalas-kinds/
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Mandala in the Celtic tradition. Source: http://www.mandalasforthesoul.com/celtic-mandala/
Buddhist mandala
Mandala in the Buddhist tradition. Also known as a “yantra”. Source: http://pixshark.com/buddhist-mandala-meaning.htm

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:

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For a baby…

I have been blessed with many good friends (online and “real”).  He goes by an online persona of Mr. Angellis and is one of my closest friends. He’s funny and he takes time to listen (or read, as how it is with chatting online), and he’s welcomed me into his soon to be little family of three 🙂

Angellis requested a drawing, and because I made myself his soon to arrive baby’s over the seas god-mother, I created this piece:

Material: Daler Rowney simply™ Watercolour acid free paper (190 g/m²); watercolour brush markers, Sakura coloured gel pens (various) and something called “poster colours” by Buncho.

Dimensions: 23 x 30.5 cm

Work in progress:

Finished piece:

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A 7-point mandala

So..the basic form of a mandala, its foundation, is a circle.

The circle to me represents the following (a hodge-podge of what I’ve read, heard and feel 😉 )

  • A wholeness that encompasses the Universe and everything within it.
  • The wholeness of Self.
  • The vast space of no-thingness, which paradoxically holds within it, every thing.
  • A never-ending cycle of life, of lessons and of our journeys as ever-growing, every expanding humanness remembering who we truly are.

Well,  a circle is 360° and majority of the time (I say majority as I am unsure if there are mandalas out there that have been drawn differently) a mandala is sectioned based on a 360° angle. This means anything that is able to divide 360° equally: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10…and so on. However, a meeting with a friend and a request later, I found myself needing to create a 7 point mandala. At first, me being me, I did my usual “Oh, of couuuurse I can help you! Shouldn’t be a problem at all!”. It was only later that I realised that it may be a little bit of a problem…hehe.

However, with the age of “you can learn anything from YouTube”, I did just that! Found an awesome video that showed the step-by-step process of creating a 7-sided polygon (aka an heptagon, in fancy speak) inside a circle, and created a 7-point mandala! It is however not sectioned off perfectly, but hey…perfection in the imperfections? 😉

This isn’t coloured, but when I do have the time, I’ll clean it up and post it in the Free Mandala section, for you to download, print and colour 🙂

This piece didn’t manage to find a home..but, I may colour it one day and see how it turns out!

It has been named

Rember this little post? (little post)

Well, I reached out to ask for help in naming this piece because for some weird reason my creativity totally fails me when it comes to naming any thing.

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This piece.

I mean, I was tasked to name my little Jack Russel Terrier and I came up with the brilliant name of…

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Jack.

 

A few friends chipped in and these were the suggestions:

  1. Bubble gum and mandalas by Madhawi aka Mr Tookles
  2. Celestial Orbits by a friend on Facebook
  3. One in all by Begam from Thoughts of a Raven
  4. Essence of creation by Tom from Beyond the Sphere

My favourites were Celestial Orbits and Essence of creation. Being totally me, I couldn’t decide! So..again being totally me, I figured I could use both…and this is what the piece will be called…

The Essence of Creation: Celestial Orbits

Hehe..I do love my naughty, monkey mind sometimes.

Presenting to you again…

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The Essence of Creation: Celestial Orbits.

Thank you friends for your wonderful suggestions!

Juliet’s birthday mandala

I’ve known Juliet since we studied together in India. Our names were close enough in the list that we always finished our exams together…and that’s how I got to know her well. She and I were travel buddies when we went back home together. Traveling back home involved a 2 hour taxi ride to the big city (Mangalore), getting to Chennai on an 18-hour train journey and finally a 3- hour flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Seeing some of the art pieces I had posted on Facebook, she had asked if I could make her one. She had just completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and wanted something for her room/clinic. Of course I said yes! And of course that was in February this year..hehe.

To give me some credit, I did start her piece…in July. Then (thankfully), I decided to get my shit together and worked on her piece last week…in time for her birthday.

So here it is..

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A Christmas gift for friends

Tilly and 2Doggs (both pseudonyms) are from Australia. I love them both dearly, especially Tilly who is much like me, a chatterbox. I made these for them after about a year telling them I would!

Most of the pieces here will not have a Copyright watermark on them, but these sorts of pieces done for friends or individuals will. This is only because these pieces were made specially for those whom I’ve wanted to gift or who have requested them, and I feel it’s only fair that they belong to only them.

This one I did for Tilly because she does love trees and she’s a hippy at heart 🙂

 

This one was for her partner, 2Doggs. He liked a similar piece I had done a long time ago and so I made this one based off that.