A Mandala is a sanskrit word meaning sacred circle and can represent the Universe.
Creating a Mandala is a meditative and creative process that cultivates the essence of our being. When one is rooted in the deepest part of the self & the experience of our sacred connection to all of life, then one can experience the joy and freedom of being fully alive...in the flow...in the moment.
One of the first Christian Saints to create Mandalas was Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine Abbess of the 11th century. Hildegard was a mystic that expressed some of her revelations "Visions" in the form of a Mandala. She received understanding of Creation as the Oneness that recent Scientific findings are telling us about in this century. She was a woman before her time, that trusted her insights and had the courage to express them. Her approach to life was to be a "Feather on the Breath of God."
"Listen: there was once a king sitting on his throne. Around Him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honor. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God."
When making a Mandala, I find it inspiring to hold this idea; that my hand and the pencils are the feather, and the Spirits inspiration is the the "air that bears it along". To remind myself to be open and in a state of receptivity, as I receive the gift of symbols or imagery that shows up on the paper.
Creating a Mandala is like Meditation or Centering Prayer with Colored Pencils. You are led through a guided meditation to remind you of your place of belonging in the Creation Story. The artist and non-artist alike will find it easy to create. Stencils are provided, to make it easy to create with images.
THE EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE
You might experience stress relief; coherence in heart rhythms, relaxation of the body.
You may experience happiness, joy or bliss while you are creating, and it carries over for longer periods of time, and into other areas of your life.
You may feel a connection of Co-Creating with the Divine, or the mystery some of us call God; a deeper spiritual experience.
And you may receive insight to your true self, who you really are, your essence, what you find fulfilling.
MANDALAS AND PSYCHOLOGY
Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychologist, discovered the usefulness of creating Mandalas as a way to access a deeper awareness of self in relation to the sustaining power of all of life; the Mystery we call God. Carl Jung used the experience of creating Mandalas as a path to understanding the true self.