The making of mandalas–although perhaps 'make' here is truly not the right word, as it seems mandalas are received, not made.
In the video above, we explore the making of mandalas with Anacaria Myrrha. As a restorative practice, mandalas are both creative and contemplative; a form of exploration and listening. Anacaria explains: Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle and is a symbol of unity and wholeness. Mandalas are often created in a state of contemplation and prayer and may represent a metaphysical concept or truth, an archetypal image, a view of a cyclic phenomenon, or an expression of personal feelings or awareness. They are often used for meditation and healing.
She explains that the mandalas presented here were unplanned. She says that they arose from some formless and numinous source of symbols and meaning. "Each represents a process or a state I was in touch with during the time in which it was drawn. Each was, and remains, a journey of revelation, discovery and delight. The descriptions I have written in the Visionary Art posts are what little I can tell you about them in words. The rest of the meaning lies beneath the surface of the spoken word and must be intuited. The meaning you find in them will surely be different from mine. I invite you to open to your personal, subjective perceptions, and experience whatever revelation, discovery or delight may await you."
Should you, gentle reader, be seeking a point of departure to jump-start your own creative process, you can download the mandala templates here.
Related Practices:See Build a Circle. See Paint. See Sculpt. See Glassblowing. See Nature Faces. See Use Your Hands.
Who taught us this?
Anacaria Myrrha, author of An Invitation to an Extraordinary Life, organizer of energy, systems, objects, and purveyor of practical magic.
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