Bayley Shana February 19, 2021 mandala coloring
4. If your child can see it, ask your child to draw it.
When my husband and I were taking courses at American Institute of Holistic Theology, I took an elective class on Mandala art and he took Feng Shui. While I was shading and tinting on black paper creating designs that reflected my inner soul, Randy was arranging furniture, moving knickknacks and making sure each room had the proper color and placement of the five elements: earth, fire, water, wood and metal. One spring morning Randy came in from working in the yard and said that he wanted to start a Feng Shui mandala in our backyard. I could see in my mind a maze-like labyrinth with tall hedges and sacred coves to meditate, but he had a totally different idea. He wanted a flower garden that allowed energy to flow by following the Chinese art of color pattern and cardinal direction.
Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning ”circle”. This sacred diagram or meditation symbol is usually circular and is a symbol of the Universe and its energy. It is used in Eastern and Native American medicine for healing body, soul, and spirit. Meditative contemplation of the mandala can bring the inner light of the soul to consciousness, activate hidden powers of the mind and open the heart chakra to the healing power of unconditional love.
If you’ve ever kept a diary, you know how therapeutic the experience can be. There’s something really wonderful about being able to go back and see the changes over time as you grew as a person, and the act itself is healing. Did you know that you can do journaling using mandala drawings too? Or, try out some mandala coloring books. Jung was famous for doing a mandala journal where he kept many mandalas and they would later influence his understanding of psychology. Jung believed that the mandala was a symbol of the whole Self, and that the various stages of individuation could also be read within the symbol of the mandala.
2. Masculine style mandala colouring meditation is an active search for the point of wholeness, of nothingness. Immerse yourself in the pattern, leaving the noise of the day to day behind you as you focus ever more pointedly on each stroke. Your release will be in the completion.
Mandalas are everywhere in nature, which may explain why they have been used as powerful and spiritual designs by humankind throughout thousands of years.