Work With Mandala and Labyrinths

Work with Mandala

 

 

“the present is the only thing that has no end…”
Schroedinger

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ritual music and atmosphere

Briefly, the Labyrinth, life metaphor, has a goal towards which we travel. In this technique I ask participants to contemplate the Labyrinth and to walk its path and think about their individual journeys. The appropriate atmosphere can be prepared using flowers, colours and candles. I then ask them to work not only with mind but also with inner emotions and soul, considering some questions: “How is your inner self?”, “How are your inner emotions and visions?”, “What is your life dream?” and then “Is the Labyrinth like life?”. I suggest that the first step should be done always quietly, softly and slowly. The better way to practice this technique is to wait at the entrance and centre yourself, focusing on the goal of formulating the best intentions. Sometimes I demonstrate some steps and give suggestions to provide encouragement and speed the evolution of the process. Finally, I ask the participants to stand and form a circle around the Labyrinth.

 

  • Group Processing

In this work I ask the participants to form small groups, (max. 6-7 members each). I hand out papers and markers asking them first to draw Mandala or Labyrinths and then to colour it. In another form of this technique, I ask them to colour a previously printed figure. The most important phase of the process when the entire experience is shared, through a discussion and a collective meditation. In point of fact the goal of this experience is discovering that the Labyrinth is like the life path.

 

  • Labyrinth as celebration of a rite of passage

This experience is addressed to adults, teenagers and children who want to celebrate an important phase of change in their lives (promotion, marriage, healing, etc.). This process is started by a walk in the Labyrinth or Mandala, followed by dancing and playing musical instruments (especially percussions).

After the ritual all the participants sit down in circle and share the experience, focusing together on the centre of theLabyrinth or Mandala. In the centre of the Labyrinth( or the Mandala), can be placed a kind of flame or a ritual object. In some shamanic practices all the participants alternate each other at the centre of the Labyrinth or Mandala.

 

  • Labyrinths of Love, Metamorphosis and Compassion

This technique was conceived and developed by Dan Johnston Ph.D. and consists in walking a Labyrinth seeking consolation and comfort . Sometimes the journey of life passes through hard challenges, suffering and conflicts. When we experience these events letting go is required. The path of Labyrinth (or Mandala) can take us towards release, tranquillity, acceptance and compassion.

 

  • Individual and collective letting go

As Dan Johnston has said, letting go of the past can be done individually and is not necessarily a group activity. In some circumstances we can lead a single person through his healing journey. Here would like to observe that healing, in the transpersonal view, is not only a physical issue, but also occurs at the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. A complete healing must lead each person to a state of being in which is possible to escape from the state of disintegration, and to integrate, instead, the whole personality in a stable and harmonic structure.

 

  • Labyrinth and Chakra therapy

in this practice (individually or in group) you can express all creativity and healing energies latent in the soul. You can also awaken the right-brain intuitions and emotional balancing enhancer. The Labyrinth’s structure is not a maze in which to get lost, but rather a single winding pathway in and out again. Walking the classical seven path labyrinth you can make the journey into the world of the seven chakra and return; a leaving of one state and a rebirth in another.

During the practice you can use mantras, deep meditation and other ritual, contemplative arts to encourage deeper insights and answers to our questions, and bring you peace.

 

Here below you can see some documents of therapy made via mandala and labyrinths in our workshops.