Of late I have been disenchanted with the written word. For whatever reason everything other than scholarly reference and spiritual material seems, at best, heavy with affectation, floridity, and artificial contrivance. Poetry is a minor exception largely because of the utility of language. It is a phase and therefore a process, much like the never-ending flow evoked by mandala art. In the spirit of minimizing discourse, in the spirit of meaning through art and creativity, this week I give you mandala artwork. As many of you know, mandalas are sacred symbols used in Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shamanism, and, more recently, in Western mystical practices. I bring you a sample of several this week. View, savor, and enjoy. In silence.
Hildegard de Bingen
Buddhist Inspired (some are made from sand and destroyed immediately upon completion to represent the impermanence of all things)
American Indian Inspired
Shamanic Vision Inspired:
Mandala art by Carl Jung (more can be found in Jung’s RED BOOK)
There are thousands of mandala images that span all cultures. I invite you to find your favorite and meditate upon it, or create your own. I’d like to write more about the mandala, when I feel friendly with words again. Until then, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.