Late last year on one of the social media sites, I was inspired by this poster—words from the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung which reads:
“I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time”
My inner situation was to start the day so splendidly. In meditation. Drawing meditation — a spiritual practice, centered within my own self, rather than the ravages of life in America in 2018 as reported incessantly by social media, news media, comedy media, bullcrap media…
The Mandala Project
I replace it all with Mandala Media—or perhaps Mary Media, though some would argue my inner being, the being whom I truly serve is probably not named Mary. Do our inner beings have names, I wonder? Names that survive our current incarnations?
No matter. Mary has worked well my entire life, in spite of the still, though thankfully occasional, references to nursery rhymes with gardens and contrariness.
Everyone knows what a mandala is, right? —from the Sanskrit, loosely translated as “circle”?
That’s the short definition, which I would come to find useful…but most of us probably think mandalas are a bit more than ‘just a circle’. We want more from a mandala than that.
Man·da·la — ˈmandələ/
-geometric figure of a circle enclosing a square, representing the universe.
-in Psychoanalysis: a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity.
I see. The Universe and self-unity. And the dreamer is… the one who draws the mandala.
So I draw a mandala every day — with ink and colored pencil on paper. Free hand, but for the inner and outer circles, which are drawn using a template.
The rest is my hand, my focus, my intention.The images of the mandalas flow to me and through me, while I enjoy the patterns and the colors issuing forth from pen and pencils. Emerging first, hearts and stars and squares of ever-increasing symmetry organized themselves in
symmetrical patterns of triangles and stars. The endless variety of possibilities of color and structure ultimately leads to the energy flows of the universe.
Outside, the flowers bloomed and finally, finally I understood that we are, like the flowers and trees, nourished from below and above— with the gifts of the physical earth, and the invisible flows from above, through the energy of sun, wind and eternal sky. Which gave birth to the quintessential mandala…
Tree of Life