In keeping with this month’s Mandala theme, I thought I’d share with you one of my all time favorite books on Mandalas.
Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing by Judith Cornell is a wonderful resource for learning more about Mandalas and their healing powers.
Combining the philosophy and psychology of Mandalas with Mandala-making exercises, this book offers a full scope of what it is to experience the Mandala.
In several of the hands-on exercises, the author invites the reader to use black paper and colored pencils to bring light and the color spectrum to life within the Mandala. I’ve done several of these exercises myself and shared them with others in my art and yoga workshops. I found the Mandala-making exercises to be powerful forms of expression, that allow you to dive into deeper levels of consciousness in a pretty cool and profound way.
At the beginning of the book, Cornell lays out some reasons for creating a Mandala:
Why create a Mandala? Because it has the regenerative and curative power to activate the latent powers of the mind… Because it has a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body, thus focusing and strengthening the will to heal…Because it can make the invisible visible–expressing paradoxical situations or patterns of ultimate reality that can be expressed in no other way…Because it can give form and expression to an intuitive insight into spiritual truth by releasing the inner light of the soul.
Those are reasons enough for me to keep creating Mandalas! What about you?
Happy Mandala Making,