Summer Service: Mandalas – Carol McNamee

mandalaMandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or center. Ritual mandalas are used by Buddhist monks in Tibet as a focus of meditation and the journey toward enlightenment.  In contrast to these formal ritual mandalas, Carl Jung introduced our western culture to a more organic form — the personal mandala. These mandalas are spontaneously drawn providing windows into our own internal experience.
Individually, a mandala provides a reflection of one’s internal state.   Viewed in sequence, they provide visual records of our journeys.   They are all visual reflections of the experience of being human.  I will share some of my own experiences with mandala-making and provide an opportunity for others to have their own experience.