New Week::New Theme: Mandala Artists
Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology and pioneered the use of mandalas in modern times, Carl Jung, illustrated this mandala in the early 1900’s. It’s a very powerful, yet beautiful, piece.
I love how the center consists mainly of repeated patterns of triangles, concentric circles and diamond shapes…as if representing his complex inner core. The outer rings consists of a mix of mythical-type creatures and other recognizable symbols. It feels to me like he’s trying to work something out within himself.
“This is the first mandala I constructed in the year 1916, wholly unconscious of what it meant.” — C. G. Jung
This diagram — titled Systema munditotius (The system of all worlds) — is symbolically related to the creative, cosmogonic vision revealed in VII Sermones ad Mortuos, and was drawn about the same time.
Jung learned early on the power of connecting with the subconscious via mandalas. It helped him so much that soon after he began using them with his patients, who would draw mandalas to represent the current state of self-awareness.
About creating mandalas, Carl Jung states:
When I began drawing the mandalas, however, I saw that everything, all the paths I had been following, all the steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point – namely to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that tae mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.
I sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing, a mandala, which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time. With the help of these drawings I could observe my psychic transformations from day to day…My mandalas were cryptograms…in which I saw the self—that is, my whole being—actively at work.
You can read more about this mandala via Carl Jung Depth Psychology site.
Inspiration For Today
Jung’s mandala encourages us to include the creation of mandalas as part of our “processing” regimen. Whatever we’re struggling with in our lives, take a few minutes to draw a circle and then, as the spirit moves us and with the issue in mind, proceed to draw out and color whatever comes to mind. It’s quite a powerful process.
If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.