Special mention to the lovely couple Di and Gary who spent so much time and energy into making the day a experience to remember for all of us.Their beautiful house and land at Holloways beach was a sight for sore eyes. As soon I saw their oasis at the end of the close, I felt at peace and protected under the shade of an enormous ancient tree.Thank you both from everyone who attended.
What do you say about yesterday? Full of Lovely beautiful people exploring the metaphysical and themselves. Most who came, had never experienced the self empowering experience of drawing your own Mandalas. What are Mandalas do you say? Well according to Wikipeda it is, :
Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
These mandalas, concentric diagrams, have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is ofHindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to the psychologist David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.
In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmosmetaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe from the human perspective.[
Still confused? Well the best I can place it at the moment is, a expression of your true inner self through the drawing of patterns and mixing of colours on a piece of paper. While this is taking place on a concious and subconscious, you can feel or experience self transforming healing or empowerment on some level. Everyone focuses more relevance on themselves and in a truly sacred protected area you can get in touch (hopefully) with our dreams and visions as well as our hurts and healings that need airing. Surrounded by all the power of the different crystal clusters the energy was everywhere.
After each choosing a pattern stencil we sat in our own private areas and proceeded to colour and fill in our own mandalas. With Medwynn Goodall and other peaceful music playing in the background we each experienced our own individual past hurts and bright futures. Di and Gary had a beautiful burning alter in which to let your old demons on paper burn and smoke away.
After a few hours of self imposed insanity and quiet we came back down to earth. Most of us had accomplished at least 2 Mandalas except the slow ones Di and myself. We like to think of ourselves as slow but thorough 🙂 After a lot of introspective and show and tell ,we had a lovely barbie to finish off the day. Thanks again to the lovely hosts.