Would you be surprised to learn that mandalas have existed since the beginning of time and that you probably witness and experience their beauty every day? Simply stated, a mandala is a sacred circle.
The word mandala comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and loosely means “circle” or “center.” It’s a simple geometric shape that has no beginning or end. Within its circular shape, the mandala has the power to promote relaxation, balance the body’s energies, enhance your creativity, and support healing.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Native American Indians all use mandalas as a way of evoking spiritual energy, meditation and healing. Psychologist Carl Jung used mandalas with his clients and for his own personal growth. His studies revealed their creation allowed a deep healing to take place from within the human psyche.
3 Ways to Use Mandala’s for Healing:
1. Mandala is primarily used as a form of Meditation
Select a mandala that appeals to you. You should know the meaning of the mandala you have chosen or set your own meaning before using it for meditation.
Once the intention has been set, you can begin focusing on the mandala. Allow yourself to take in the lovely designs, allow your mind to wander. Just like watching a candle flame in candle therapy, if your mind starts to think about the usual mundane things, simply bring your focus and attention back to the beauty of the mandala. Let the mandala absorb all your attention, by falling into it and gazing into the colours, swim in its patterns. As you begin to fall into the mandala, you will experience a feeling of lightness and intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax, let thoughts and feelings come to you. Float with it. If you begin to feel panic, feel lost, uncomfortable or if you start thinking about those “mundane” things again, just relax and refocus your attention back to the mandala.
2. Mandala Coloring Pages
When you use your mandala coloring pages, you’re expressing your desires for healing and wellness. You can think of the mandala as being energetically alive, a means of creating a pathway to a desired state of being. What state of being do you desire to create? Maybe you want to experience inner peace or maybe you simply want to use the circular pattern to express your artistry. For whatever purpose you choose to work with the mandala, know that you can achieve it through mandala coloring.
Many websites have mandalas ready for colouring as a free copy or download. Below are colours and their symbolic meanings to assist you:
RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healding, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality
Take a moment to clear your mind and honor your intention. Begin coloring your Mandala, using whatever medium you desire such as paints, crayons, water colors etc. Focus on your intention and remain open to the healing you may receive. There is no right or wrong with this, so allow your intuition to guide you to choosing the right colors and textures.
3. Creating a Mandala
June-Elleni Laine (www.psychicartworks.com) shows how to create a manifestation mandala to bring your goals into reality. Find below point by point instructions for this creation:
1. Have some coloured pastels or crayons ready. You might also want to play some relaxing music to set the tone.
2. Set your intention, such as becoming more psychic or having a loving relationship with your partner. Contemplate it for as long as is comfortable, considering how good you’ll feel when it happens.
3. Once you’re settled in mind and body, focus on the colours you feel are helpful for your purpose, and get them ready. (See above)
4. Focus on your intention as you begin to draw. It might help to repeat the words that express your intention as you do so.
5. 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 use certain shapes, words or symbols as the basis for your manifestation mandala, or just let it evolve.
6. Continue to draw, focusing only on your intention and how you’ll feel as you ultimately achieve your goal. Stop drawing if you become distracted by other thoughts or you notice the energy falling away. Give yourself a moment and take a few deep, relaxing breaths. When the energy connection returns, continue drawing.
7. Mandalas should be allowed to emerge effortlessly, with enjoyment and creativity. Leave any judgement to one side and let your mandala develop, however long it takes.
8. Look at the mandala and feel its energy. It will be alive with the intention you made at the start. When you contemplate the drawing, you may notice elements you didn’t see while creating it. This confirms you were in right-brain, intuitive activity – always a good sign. The meaning of these elements will come to you in time through contemplation, and offten in surprising ways.
9. Once you’ve created your mandala, put it somewhere you’ll see it every day – on the wall, or as a screen saver on your phone, computer or laptop – so that it can work its powerful magic on your life.