One of my mandalas that got me through my healing journey.
I learned about Mandalas through art therapy, a modality that helped me come into my resilience and wholeness from trauma . This was around the same time I started working in the field of interfaith dialogue in 2008 where I discovered the beauty of the sacred circles that guide all faith traditions. Since then my journey with this medium through heartbreak and healing; brokeness to wholeness; illusion and awakening has become my own life - work.
A map of the mandalas around the world on my wall to prepare for my intended journey since 2008.
[WEB BANNER PHOTO] A mandala module inspired by the lotus flowers and the layers of identity every human being carries for the Trainers' Training on Interfaith Ethics Education for Children orgnized by Arigatou Interntional held in Sri Lanka, 2011.
WHAT IS A MANDALA?
A Mandala is a sacred circle.
While it is a Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) word, it is present in many indigenous and spiritual traditions around the world as a symbol of wholeness and a representation of the perfection of creation and the universe. Its primary shape is a circle that holds other shapes and symbols in symmetry and balance.
All religions and traditions use it to access the divinity and sacredness of life's mystery. All of life forms have this blueprint - from the seed to the womb to the cycles of seasons and the interplanetary orbits.
The mandala is beyond art form and medium. It is a message and a process that mirrors and integrates. It is the eye that sees and transcends. In many traditions, it is a microcosm of how the universe is designed. It is a gateway to access many realms within and around us. Some consider it as a pilgrimage route. It is a giant eye that aims to see things as a whole and like a mirror to help the self to see itself so it can understand the nature of its existence. To psychologists, it is a therapeutic medium to connect one's wholeness.
The mandala as seen by many cultures and traditions is a reflection and representation of the self and the universe.
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