Mandalas

Mandalas are drawings in concentric shapes used since ancient times to achieve personal harmony. They are a graphical support to get to meditation, both to observe and draw or paint. 

Mandalas originated in India, but we can found other symbolic geometric representationsin in other cultures like the American Indians (Navajos, Aztecs, Incas ... etc..) Or Aboriginal from Australia. 

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. Buddhist monks build intricate mandalas to commemorate special situations, even spending weeks to build them using a tinted grit and when they are ended they leave the wind to dissolve them. This work is called Karma Yoga, or the Yoga of action, i.e. the important thing for them is the action itself and not the result it produces.

Mahakala

Kalachakra

Mandalas also have therapeutic applications as they help to balance the two cerebral hemispheres, the rational and the creative hemisphere. This is because we find in the same drawing geometric figures which are captured by our logical side and colors and patterns that are captured by our creative side. Also in spiritually level, they help us bring meditation on our rational side. In Western culture, was Carl G. Jung, who first used them in therapy. Jung himself used to interpret his dreams drawing a mandala daily, and he affirm that the archetype in these drawings is firmly anchored in the collective subconscious.

If we color or draw mandalas occasionally, we realize that the drawings and the colors we use will vary depending on our mood. With practice you can get to a nice level of self-knowledge. Since many times our fears or concerns are not in our conscious mind, but are found in our subconscious. When we drawing or coloring mandalas with some regularity we can make conscious thought patterns and mental-emotional structures and thus to heal. Each one is his teacher and the meaning of the drawings or color can be very personal. Then I included a list of colors and patterns , but do not take it all at face value and let your personal wisdom to surface.

The meaning of Forms

Mandalas express our feelings and emotions according to the form that adopt. They can also express the wisdom of our soul with major revelations for our growth. Then the most common forms and generalized meanings.

Circle: movement, change, the absolute, the real me.

Heart: sun, love, happiness, joy, feeling of togetherness .

Cross: union of heaven and earth, life and death, the conscious and the unconscious, the union of two opposite aspects of our world or our personality.

Square: processes of nature, stability, balance.

Star: a symbol of spiritual, freedom, elevation.

Spiral: vitality, healing energies.

Hexagon: union of opposites.

Labyrinth: involves finding the center itself.

Butterfly: self-renewal of the soul. Transformation and death.

Pentagon: human body silhouette. Earth, water, fire.

Rectangle: stability, performance intellect, mortality.

Triangle: water, unconscious (down); vitality, transformation (up); aggression toward oneself (towards the center)

 

The Meaning of Colors

The use of colored mandalas also has a special meaning. Its use is related to the mood of the person who colors. It is the combination of drawing and painting that gives us a lot about the person doing it.

White: nothing, purity, enlightenment, perfection.

Black: death, personal limitations, mystery, rebirth, ignorance.

Gray: neutrality , wisdom, renewal.

Red: male , sensuality, love, rooting, passion.

Blue: tranquility, peace, happiness, satisfaction,  joy.

Yellow: sun, light, cheerfulness, friendliness, responsiveness.

Orange: energy, drive, ambition, tenderness, courage.

Pink: female and infant aspects, sweetness, altruism.

Purple: neighborly love, idealism and wisdom.

Green: nature, balance, growth, hope.

Violet: music, magic, spirituality, transformation, inspiration.

Gold: wisdom, clarity, lucidty, vitality.

Silver: extrasensory abilities, fluctuating emotions, wellness.

Mandalas and Meditation

In the field of meditation we can use the mandalas in two ways. First, we put in front of a beautiful mandala as more worked and as we more like it, the better. Thus, we will use the contemplation of the mandala to enter in meditation. Just as if observing the flame of a candle, we will be leaving our thoughts and focusing on the mandala, allowing it to penetrate inside. Each mandala may have different effects on us depending on the design and colors. Therefore we can choose a mandala to help us work some particular aspect, such as relaxation, healing or deepening of emotions in ourselves.

Its second use is to draw or paint. In either case, whether we draw it as if we paint it, the mechanics are the same, let us go, that our thinking mind to intervene as little as possible and do whatever comes to us without judging or analyzing it until we finish the mandala. Once completed, we can analyze it to see any messages from the subconscious. This analysis requires some practice and we may need to take courses that will help us to understand it better. In any case mandalas are an excellent tool for meditation and healing.

Article written by Miquel Vidal.