“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnates in man.” – Carl G. Jung
You’ve read countless books about spirituality, personal development, and healing.
You’ve been diligently following the teachings of spiritual teachers for a long time.
You have so much knowledge about the divine love, the Universe, the Law of Attraction, etc.
You enjoy the conversation with people who are also enthusiastic about spirituality from the bottom of your heart.
You sometimes give your friends and family some spiritual advice. They truly appreciate it which makes you feel content, and yet, you sometimes wonder,
“Am I doing it right?”
“Why am I still feeling stuck?”
“Why do I still keep falling into the same pattern?”
Do I sound like I’m reading your mind? I’m not. This was me for a long time.
Until recently, I was just soaking my feet in the ocean of the spirituality. I realized that I needed to dive in fully if I wanted to live my spirituality as my true-self.
So let’s dive in.
Meditation and Mandalas
I talked about the benefits of meditation in my last post (The Simplest Way to Live as Your True-Self), here is the recap:
1. meditation balances your nervous system.
2. it calms the blood pressure.
3. it regulates the digestive system and relaxes your whole body.
you feel happier and start to have a healthy emotional boundary.
you get more clarity, focus, and productivity.
Also, I introduced mandalas as the powerful tool for your meditation practice in the same post.
Here are the benefits:
1. A circle or symmetrical geometric designs can calm your brain waves and nervous systems.
2. Looking at a mandala enhances all the benefits of meditation.
3. It leads you easily to the higher frequency of love rather than the lower frequency of fear.
4. It deepens your self-inquiry.
Now, I would like to dig a little deeper on both meditation and mandalas in this post.
Real, Deep Meditation Practice
There are different styles of meditation. Type in the word “meditation” in the search box on YouTube, you will find hundreds of videos of guided meditations, meditations with special sound effects, and so on.
They are all useful, and some of them are very powerful. I have both used them and uploaded guided meditations with my hand-drawn mandalas on YouTube (“Quan Yin’s Healing meditation,” “Forgiveness meditation,” and “Abundance meditation”) as well.
However, just recently, I noticed that my mind was getting busier during a guided meditation once I got used to it.
So, I decided just to sit still without any guidance, music or sound effects. I started to listen deeply to myself for 20 minutes every morning and every evening.
Then, I started to feel more connected to myself, the surroundings, the Mother Earth and the Universe!
I notice every old emotion that is ready to be released. I notice every memory and experience that needs to be embraced. And I can feel and hear the guidance of my true-self.
So, here is what I believe now.
If you want to solve specific patterns like a financial issue or a relationship issue, guided meditations are useful. It is like receiving a great healing session.
If you want to connect more to your true-self, you need time to be with you. You need to listen deeply to your wholeness. Allow every level of you to relax in your divinity by sitting quietly in stillness for 20 minutes every morning. Set your day with the Universe and Mother Earth. For another 20 minutes every evening, sit still to cleanse your day like you take a shower before you go to bed.
I really recommend this deep meditation practice if you want to trust yourself more, accept yourself more and love yourself more.
Tao of Mandala
As you could see in the quote at the top by the Swiss psychotherapist, Carl G. Jung, he not only used mandalas for his work with his clients but also drew them for his own personal development.
I’ve been drawing mandalas for several years now. Each mandala helped me dig deeper within me. They reminded me of the importance of living as the expanded consciousness, NOT the small me. They also led me to the inner stillness.
I call these brilliant effects Tao of Mandala.
Here are the benefits that I have found in drawing mandalas:
1. it calms you.
When I draw, I use a technique called stippling (drawing with dots). Though it requires a lot of patience, it also leads you to deep meditative space.
2. it helps you to listen more deeply to yourself.
To create any artwork, you explore inside you to find what you want to express.
3. it helps you to learn to trust your instinct (your true self).
Your instinct tells you what designs or what colors to use.
4. it helps you to connect you to your own divine creation.
Like Jung said, a mandala is an art that expresses your wholeness or your divinity. To draw your mandala, you naturally connect to your own divine creation.
5. it helps you to learn how to tune into the higher vibration of energy.
This happens to me when I draw healing energy into a mandala such as “Quan Yin’s Healing Energy.” I tuned into her healing energy and became a facilitator for it while I was drawing it.
6. it helps you to learn how to hold space for your or someone’s wholeness.
By drawing mandalas, you learn to tune into your expanded consciousness. From there, you can hold space for your or someone’s wholeness. Then, you start to see yourself, everyone and everything through your divine eyes. I will write a little more about this point in the next chapter.
Inner Life Mandalas
I draw two types of mandalas: healing mandalas and personal (customized) mandalas.
Healing mandalas are the ones expressing the higher healing vibration such as “Awakening” below. When you meditate with them, the energy of the mandalas helps you accelerate the inner work you are working on and heal from within.
I call the other type of mandalas – personal mandalas – Inner Life Mandalas.
The process of creating one goes like this:
1. I have an interview with the customer and build trust by going over his/her goals and intentions for the mandala.
2. I meditate on the wholeness of the person and tune into the deepest quality of his/hers. Then, those qualities come to me as designs and colors.
3. I start drawing.
By doing these, I get to see, sense and know the person for the way they are through his/her beautiful, precious essence. Even though the 15-minute interview is the only time I spent with the person, I always feel like I’ve known him/her for a long, long time. I believe that sensation is true. I think I’m in the zone of ONENESS during the creation.
The Experiences of Drawing My Own
After I drew a few Inner Life Mandalas for some customers, I drew my own.
Usually, I feel awed by the powerful, beautiful energy of the person’s essence, but that didn’t happen while I was drawing mine. To tell you the truth, I felt a little disappointed.
However, an interesting thing happened to me when I put my Inner Life Mandala under the massage table during my Craniosacral therapy session.
As soon as the session started, my practitioner, who is my craniosacral therapy mentor, said,
“Wow, this is so powerful!”
I started to feel my whole body trembling slightly, especially along the spine. It felt like a high vibration of energy was adjusting the core of my body.
Then, the relaxing, and yet, powerful energy expanded into my whole body and into my whole energy field. I felt so relaxed that my consciousness also went into a deep meditative state.
After the session, my mentor told me that the energy of my Inner Life Mandala was alchemically adjusting my whole system. That was exactly what I was feeling.
Since then, my whole life shifted. I’ve had so many revelations of old emotional, mental, and behavioral patterns. I got to embrace them and let them go. I quit the part time job that was just for paying the bills. Then, I started my blog and mandala business to live my heart desired life fully.
I’m still on the way to my final goal, and I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the challenges I face. When that happens, I rest my body and brain and meditate with my Inner Life Mandala to adjust my course.
Inner Life Mandala is a great reminder of who you truly are and an awesome guide for your life path.
(I’m having an Inner Life Mandala campaign right now. For details, please check this page.)
The busier our life gets, the more important it becomes to have a quality time with yourself. The real, deep meditation is perfect for it. It helps us more grounded, become good listeners to other people and ourselves, and act from the love based decisions, NOT fear based decisions.
Mandala is a great tool to deepen your meditation practice. By drawing them, you start to know who you truly are better and better. By meditating with them, they deepen your meditation practice, guide you to your deepest quality, and help you create your life you want.
Over to you:-
What are your experiences with your meditation practice? Do you have other techniques that deepen your meditation practice? Please share your insights in the comment section.