Ellen Mandala

WHAT IS A MANDALA? Nowadays it is common to hear talk about mandalas, see pictures and decorations based on mandalas, mandalas and even meditate. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle." It originated in India and are used since ancient times.

It basically consists of a circular shape with concentric geometric forms, arranged in several visual levels. The most commonly used basic shapes are circles, triangles, squares and rectangles and can be created in two or three dimensional form. In the East there are many temples made in the form of mandala.

From a spiritual standpoint is an energy center balancing and cleansing that helps transform the environment and the minds of those who meditate on them.

In Western culture was Carl G. Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, who used them in psychiatric therapy with the aim of achieving the quest for individuality in humans.
Jung used to interpret your dreams by drawing a mandala daily. In this activity discovered the relationship he had with his heart and from there developed a theory about the structure of the human psyche.
According to Jung, mandalas represent the totality of the mind, encompassing both the conscious and the unconscious. He stated that the archetype of these drawings is firmly anchored in the collective subconscious.

Creating mandalas and meditating on them is a powerful tool that fosters creativity, expands consciousness and reconnects us with our being also helps to improve communication with the world and allows us to develop self-acceptance and self-observation of a natural and intuitive way. We focus, we harmonize, we feel peace and prosperity.

Who performs or meditate on a mandala, begins to discover and understand that each part of the mandala is part of a whole and every part of the universe is part of oneself. Discover ultimately the unity of speaking all great spiritual beings, the true meaning of "all is one."

How to create a mandala

The main rule in the creation of a mandala is to let the imagination flow, creativity, energy, acting freely and intuitively, without preconceptions. Find a rational meaning can truncate the essential value of the mandala.
The present moment is the one that counts and not what we know about colors and shapes. You have to let the colors and shapes speak through us. The mandala is a reflection of ourselves.

We need a few minutes of contemplation, concentration and calm, in a quiet and comfortable.
We must take into account the basic scheme, a circle and four corners. You can vary the base and replace the circle by a triangle, a square or octagon.

Everything we do in our lives physically and concrete, has an impact on more subtle and higher levels and vice versa. The creation of a mandala, a simple picture for the sound eye for subtle is like a map that shows us the path to self-depth knowledge, understanding even aspects impossible to put into words.

The creation of a mandala is a round trip between the subtle and concrete. Is that portion of the universe that holds our being, our essence. We create our own sacred space, allowing energy to flow freely and naturally.
Freedom in the creation extends to materials: pencils, chalk, watercolors, acrylics, stone, sand, wood, leaves, metals, etc.

We paint intuitively, without thinking. If you begin to paint the outside in, it represents the self from the outside to our center, our inner self. If it is born of us start from the center outward, this symbolizes the expansion of consciousness.
Similarly we choose the colors, no matter whether or not combined with each other. They will reflect our mood.

If you sleepy during the process, because we went from being tense to being relaxed. It is normal in this case it is preferable to leave and continue later.

"Only your vision will become clear when you look in your own heart.

Because who looks outside, dreams, and who looks inside, awakens "

Carl Jung