The Story of Mandalas

"Why has the circle been an important part of human culture since ancient times? Why do people of all cultures, times and places find the circular motif such a satisfying and meaningful form of expression? Here is one man’s description of his insight into the meaning of the circle, which he calls a 'mandala.' -->

Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist, adopted the Sanskrit word mandala to describe the circle drawings he and his patients did. Mandala means center, circumference, or magic circle. Jung associated the mandala with the S, the center of the total personality. He suggested that the mandala shows the natural urge to live out our potential, to fulfill the pattern of our whole personality." –Susanne Fincher (Creating Mandalas)

For me, the word mandala came to a conscious level while taking a course about children’s artistic development and a stage named “mandala” (click for example) followed by a Getty Conference workshop on incorporating language arts into the artistic process with “Sun/Shadow Mandalas." Since then, I have tirelessly researched “magic circle” and continue to do so this via books, websites, as an artist, mother, teacher, woman and spiritual human being.

Check out web links for listings of some of my favorites frequently as the list is sure to grow (and flow...).

It is a wonderous magnificent abundant magical experience exploring the circle within.

" I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time… Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:… the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious." (Carl Jung, 1965)

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