The word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'
In Sanskrit, (Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) the word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'. Mandalas have been connected with many cultures, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Indigenous America Indians. Mandalas are usually created with a concentric design, and any other shapes or geometry are generated from a circular centre point, for example, in Buddhism, it could be a Buddha originating from the center. Mandalas can be very colourful and the colours can hold different meanings, feelings and energies.
Decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe
Mandalas are used in meditation to focus the individual's mind, in a similar way a a mantra (a personal word, chant or sound to calm the mind). They are decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe. They help create an atmosphere which enables some reflection on our mind, body, soul or spirit and bring us closer to a elevated consciousness. A hypnotic effect can be induced to free your mind from everyday wearisome thoughts for you to develop your spiritual journey. Mandalas allow the right imaginative side of your brain detach from the limitations of your left brain or analytical mind. In colour and sound therapy mandalas can be used as aids to healing. They also have become a valuable support for psychic meditation and raising intuition skills. Last but not least, the alignment of the chakras can be greatly enhanced by mandalas.
Practice using mandalas to gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom
The steps to take to practice using mandalas and gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom would include the following steps:
Choose a mandala that resonates with you. Study its design and the colors, and notice what type of feelings come over you when you look at it. If you feel pleasant emotions, then you have chosen the right one for you.
Before any meditation session, set your intention. Your intention can take any form; a life issue, a misunderstanding, need for guidance. Some mandalas have their specific meanings which could be used as your intention, for example a mandala may balance a certain chakra such as the root chakra.
To start your meditation, use your eyes to take in the mandala and let go of all unwanted thoughts. Be present in the moment and mindful of the mandalas energy and gently guide yourself away from any distractions on your senses. Imagine that you are merging with the mandala and allow yourself to absorb the essence and beauty of the colors and patterns. Follow your breathing, relax and stay focused on the beauty you experience in the mandala. When practiced regularly, most people achieve a sense of clarity and a clearer picture about their intention once their meditations are completed.
Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding.
Using a mandala is a beautiful way of entering an altered state of consciousness. Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding. Mandalas are also said to carry their own special kind of vibrational energy. Therefore, they can be used for the enhancement of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with healing.
Circles occur in nature (sunflowers, snowflakes, planets, water drops, etc.), monuments and buildings, and are also meaningful symbols in cultures in world history. In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with 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 himself and with his clients for personal growth. Jung's research revealed mandalas allowed a deep healing to take place from within the human psyche.
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If you are new to meditation, watch this space as I will soon be creating some downloadable guided meditations to support you in your use of meditation on mandalas. You can find my hand painted chakra balancing mandalas for sale in my shop link above or on merchandise here.
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