The word "mandala" comes from the Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, there is a concentric structure. It represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity. Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. They contain a balancing visual of elements symbolizing unity and harmony. Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. The visual appeal should absorb the mind in such a way that chattering thoughts cease. This leaves room for the more philosophical or spiritual. In short, a mandala can be hypnotic, letting the creative hemisphere of our mind run a little more freely while our analytical mind takes a little nap. Or, as I've heard a good friend say, "Mandalas just make me happy."
I truly enjoy crocheting mandalas. I love to randomly choose colors and see how it all ends up. Often times, I'm not comfortable with the design while it's happening, but then after it's finished, I look back and I think, wow, that really came together beautifully. I let the universe use me to create. It's a study in "Letting Go". And it's not easy.
"The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self," CG Jung said. Jung made a habit of doodling a mandala upon waking each morning to get an idea of where his head was at.
Drawing a Mandala can be quite liberating. There are many adult coloring books on the market now that use mandala designs to get you started. The use of colors as you fill in the spaces can be either random or intentional. It's all up to you, but I encourage those who are more rigid in their design to try their hand at letting go and building the colors randomly. You might be surprised at the end.
Spread out your color pencils or crayons. Set your intention. Contemplate it for as long as it's comfortable, considering how good you'll feel when it happens. Once you're settled in mind and body, focus on the colors you feel are helpful for your purpose and get them ready. Focus on your intention as you begin to draw. It might help to repeat the words that express your intention. As you do so, let the drawing flow as it connects you to the Creative Source, as though it has a life of its own. You may feel inspired to add certain shapes, words or symbols as you build your manifestation to the mandala or just let it evolve. Continue to draw, focusing only on your intention. Stop drawing if you become distracted by other thoughts or you notice the energy falling. Give yourself a moment and take a few deep relaxing breaths. When the energy connection returns, continue drawing. The mandala should be allowed to emerge effortlessly with enjoyment and creativity. Leave any judgment to one side.
Now, look at the mandala and feel its energy. It will be alive with the intention you made at the start. You may notice elements you didn't see while creating it. This confirms you were in right-brain, intuitive activity. The meaning of these elements will come to you in time through contemplation.
Put it somewhere where you'll see it everyday, on a wall or as a screensaver, so that it can work its powerful Magick on your life.