Mandalas have been held sacred throughout history; and the meaning of mandala is “circle” in Sanskrit. Many cultures and religions revere this sacred simple, and find that it has much intrinsic meaning. The practice of art therapy is a positive and productive way to view yourself and the world through art, and creating a mandala is a wonderful way to create a reflection of yourself. This article will teach you how to create a mandala as a mean of reflection and healing.
For this project you will need a thick piece of drawing paper and colored pencils. Mandalas start with a circle because they are composed of circles and circular patterns. The center of the circle can be filled with imagery and pattern, but start with a circle. Let your instinct tell you how big the circle is going to be. To create a circle you can use a pencil and a large round object such as a plate or bowl.
When you have your circle drawn simply sit back and look at it. Do not force any images to come into your mind. Gaze at the circle contently and breathe. Do not try to force any thoughts into your mind; just look and breathe. If you must think about something think about your breath, but only think about the exhale. As you continue doing this you will think of images. Slowly sketch them on the paper, and continue to keep your mind open. Your mind is already filled with imagery, and all you have to do to receive these images is listen.
Now that you have started to fill in your circle you can add colors and details. All the while you should be thinking about the mandala. The mandala is present in everything; it is found in all of nature and the universe. The entire world is made up of atoms that are tiny mandalas. Circles within circles exist everywhere, and these thoughts can help you focus on your own identity in a way that relates to the world. Creating a mandala is a very personal experience because it sheds light on ourselves; it also helps us understand that we are united with the world in many ways.
Remember that one your circle is filled in you are not necessarily done; you can continue adding on details to the outside of the circle. Just as the flower has petals your mandala can have many layers. When creating these layers consider your relationship with the world.
Let your emotions and feelings guide you through this process. Creating a mandala is a fun and creative art therapy exercise that will allow you to delve deeper into your understanding of the world and yourself. This is a personal exploration that should be taken by everyone at some point in their lives.