What is a Mandala ?

Example of Mandala

 

Our life has no end in just the same way
in which our visual field has no limits

Wittgenstein

 

 

 

“Mandala” is a sanscrit word meaning container for many inner dimensions of the soul: essence, energy, wholeness or totality.

 

Mandala is also the “sacred space” where the inner an the outer worlds meet, and a “place” that can hold and manifest the centre of energy latent in the creation. In my work I use – both in individual and group therapy – Mandala to generate a specific spiritual quality and vibrations. Also colours, forms and sounds can be used to bring to the surface inner messages and making them something memorable.

 

At last Mandala are extraordinary projects to link the individual self to the universal self. This practice can be used for specific purposes such as promoting and evoking tranquillity and emotional balance, consciousness and peace.

 

But the most helpful use of Mandala, in my therapy, is that which makes possible the exploration of personal qualities and potentials. Similarly Labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to the universal circle and awareness. More precisely, it combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a purposeful path.

Labyrinth

 

As the Mandala, Labyrinth represent a journey to our centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths and Mandalas have long been used as tools of meditation and contemplation tools. And, as Jung said, “Labyrinths and Mandalas are both archetypes with which we can have a direct experience of human potential, conflict and soul experience” (Jung, 1913).