Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle.” Each mandala, drawn with intention and awareness, all contains sacred energies that bring wholeness and harmony.
Mandalas are highly effective for meditation, self-empowerment, self-healing, harmonization, knowledge acquisition, wisdom, and insights.
They are made with profound and sacred intent and can communicate even at a cellular level, right down to the DNA. These sacred geometries are encoded to the very powerful mandala.
Mandalas were created in the service of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism. They were produced in Tibet, India, Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, and Indonesia and date from the 4th century to the present. Now they are created throughout the world, including New York City.
Intricate expressions of religious significance for meditation and empowerment are used with Tibetan mandalas. Tibetan Buddhists use it as a meditation aid.
“Mandalas are an intrinsic feature of certain Tantric deity meditation practices. Such meditations are considered extraordinarily powerful methods of overcoming our ‘ordinary’ mistaken perception and distorted worldview — the source of our misunderstanding and suffering. By meditating upon oneself as the deities of the mandala, reflecting deeply upon its rich symbolism and engaging in particular internal practices, we can transform our daily perception, lodged in its chaotic, egocentric world-environment, into exalted wisdom and the perfected world of enlightened beings — that is, the blissful world of buddhas.” (From Kalachakra for World Peace*)
Medicine wheels and sand mandalas are created by American Indians. Ancient Aztec and Mayan calendars are circular and are used as timekeeping devices as well as expressions of spiritual power.
Mandalas created by Navajo Indians and Tibetan monks are used to express the impermanence of life. Navajo sandpainting rituals may last from nine to five days, and the paintings could range from fifteen feet or more.
Mandalas as Architecture
This may come unnoticed, but several structures such as Buddhist stupas, Muslim mosques, and Christian cathedrals are built around a center which is a common theme in good architecture. Even Native American teepees look conical in shape but are built around a pole representing the “axis Mundi” or world axis.
Buckminster Fuller is famous for its geodesic dome structure. The good thing about dome structures is that it has the highest ratio of enclosed area to external surface area while all structural members contribute equally to the whole. This structure is a great structural representation of the mandala.
“As above, so below.”
Mandala represents the universe itself. It is both the microcosm and macrocosm where we are all part of its intricate design. More than a mesmerizing image seen with our naked eyes, the mandala is also a powerful tool for the exploration of the inner dimensions of life.
Mandalas also have a powerful healing capacity, especially for emotion-related diseases. The term disease should be broken down into two – diseases that come from the separation of oneself from the harmony and unity of the Universe as well as his oneness and connection with it. This separation is responsible for both physical and mental issues.
That is how the use of mandala takes action in the healing process. One psychologist, in particular, Carl Jung, used and created mandalas for his inner peace. He also asked his patients to do so as well. As he made and colored his mandalas, he discovered inner peace and healing. He then kept detailed records of his research which can be studied today.
Zlatko Kanda: the birth of Sacred Mandalas for this ‘New Age.’
Witnessing many atrocities in his worn town in Yugoslavia, Zlatko Kanda flees with his family to Holland. Because of the experiences and lasting impressions during the war, he was greatly impacted and became desirous to heal both earth and humanity. Today, he creates very special mandalas that work on the consciousness of a person. He digitally creates his works, attracting people from all walks of life to learn about them more.
Imprinted in the work itself, each mandala is created from a divine state of consciousness and deep spiritual energy. Zlatko also says that his works all come through him – an open channel for Source.
Dr. Emoto’s famous study on water crystals also shows how our thoughts can affect those that surround us. It also shows that since our bodies are made up of water, our thoughts can affect our biology.
Just imagine a thousand times amplification of the power of positive thoughts, and you now have the work of Zlatko!
Healing and Meditation with Mandalas
Mandalas can be used for meditation so pick one that best suits you.
Mandalas represent unity, harmony, and interconnectedness. Take note and keep in mind the designs, the colors, and the symmetry – all of which symbolize the physical universe and the Universal Mind.
Let go of the senseless thoughts around you and let a creative mind flow through you. As you do this, you will discover how the solutions are presented during meditation.
Focusing on a circle that has no beginning or end, can take an individual to a deeper level of consciousness and enhance the spiritual energy within. The intricate and symmetrical designs are a symbolism of the complex, diverse facets of the Universe, but still exist in perfect harmony. Only when we are out of harmony with the Universe that we begin to separate ourselves from it. As you contemplate the mandala during meditation, you will be reminded that harmony and the real world have long been within us the whole time.