The word “mandala” comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated it means “circle,” but a mandala is far more than a shape.
The circle has been of major importance to every culture from the beginning of time. Mandalas appear in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun and moon; as well as our circles of friends, family, and community.
A circle is born out of its central point – the point plus dimension. We only need think of a seed in relation to a grown plant to understand the potential of a point. The point and the circle – God and the world – the one and many – the invisible and the visible – the metaphysical and the physical – all these terms mean the same… the circle consists of form and movement, the centre of peace and stillness. Our lives are a constant dance or circling around the centre. Creating a mandala connects us with the dance and the stillness.
Mandalas symbolise the self and represent wholeness. Through creating a mandala, we can unify with our centre and bring about a sense of peace and balance. It’s a relaxing and absorbing practice. This reconnection of the parts with the whole (or the circle and the point) happens on an intuitive level. One of the things I love about mandalas is that it’s difficult for anyone to feel that they’ve ‘done it wrong’.
Every mandala ever created is unique, like a snowflake – or the person who made it.