The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means "circle". A Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.
The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities.
Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.
Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.
Mandalas can be created by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual has been. In some cases they will reveal the individual's path in life. Groups can create mandalas that will reveal what they should be doing in order to grow and develop as a group.
How to use a mandala
There are many uses for a mandala. The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala, which in turn allows the individual a higher consciousness or awareness, almost as though being hypnotized. This allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.
Having said that, the mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within.
Create a mandala that appeals to you. You should know the meaning of the mandala you have chosen or set your own meaning before using it for meditation.
Colors represent some of our feelings and the centers of energy that we need to work on. Here is just a small list. RED for strength, high energy and passion PINK for love, intuition and the feminine ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring BLUE for emotional healding, inner peace and meditation PURPLE for all things spiritual WHITE for spiritual focus BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality The Mandala is a sacred and very personal connection to spirit and our meditative inner souls. When you experience our Mandala Workshops you will come away with your very own creation that is deeply connected to your inner being. Your personal Mandala.
Paul, Our mandala painter,travels with Deepak Chopra and teaches all over the world. It's an honor to have Paul visit us here at the Green Lotus Center! He will guide us on this beautiful journey of discovery! Join us in March 2018. Click on workshops to sign up!