The mandala craze has been a big one. From tattoos to book covers andtapestries, the intricate shape and pattern of a mandala can be seen everywhere all around the world. The meaning behind the mandala dates back through history and has important psychological impacts on people. Whether you are Hindu, Buddhist, Christian or an atheist, the mandala is a powerful symbol.
In Sanskrit, mandala(pronounced mon-dah-la) means circle. It represents wholeness, unity, and harmony. They can be found everywhere. Think of an icon in Christian churches or designs in Celtic and Tibetan art; there is a circle with an image in the center - the cross, Jesus or geometrical patterns representing time and space. Surround the circle is more images that represent your thoughts of the day or your thoughts on the concept in the center.
One of the most famous representations of the mandala is the image of monks sitting at a table or on the floor for days working with little granules of colored sand. The monks work for long lengths of time to create a colorful and symmetrical image that can take weeks to complete. After all that hard work, the monks take a brush and wipe away their piece of artwork only to reorganize the colored sand and start all over again.
This act is meditative and deeply absorbing. Even the psychologist Carl Jung would draw mandalas every morning.He is credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thought and believed its symbolic of the inner process by which individuals grow toward fulfilling their potential for wholeness. He himself drew his first mandala with geometrical patterns in the center enclosed with images of animals, and planets.
There are many uses for a mandala including being used as a visual aid. An image so appealing that the mind absorbs it in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala. The hypnotizing symbol permits the individual to reach a higher consciousness or awareness by allowing the busy mind to take a rest while the creative mind is allowed to run free.
Both the pattern and the color of the mandala have an effect on the outcome the image brings to a person. Below is a list of colors used for igniting emotions within:
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