Beauty, Creativity, and Healing
Edited By Bandy Lee, Nancy Olson and Thomas Duffy
Mandalas as Spiritual Medicine
by Evie Lindemann
Mandalas invite the psyche into a metaphorical dance of both expression and containment of psychic contents. The roots of mandala practice grow deeply in the soil of cross cultural practices, geography, and spirituality. The curving lines of the mandala, a circular shape, suggest wholeness, completion, clear boundaries, and an open space for contemplation. With the term originating in Sanskrit, the ancient classical language of India, the primary meaning is translated as “circle”1 and often refers to a sacred circular space. These circles existed in early cave painting depictions and in the sacred practices of Tibet and India. In the twentieth century the western world opened to the richness of mandala symbols and expressive art forms through the work of Carl Gustav Jung. The value and practices of working with mandalas are explored, with particular attention given to the symbols, shapes, and colors that fill the interior space of the circle. The use of the MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument) in uncovering the deeper meanings and potential healings inherent in the mandala is also described.
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