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posted : 2009.Jan.03 @ 3.27pm

 

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Greetings to the Fora in this auspicious dawn of a new year!

I would like to open a new conversation about magic circles, the mandala

archetype, and our own creative flow. Recently I have felt the inner urging to

explore the stabilizing, grounding effects of mandala manifestation and have found it to be a healing, rejuvenating experience.

Allowing great focus and purpose to unfold like lotus flower blossoms has the potential to radiate outward into

the world of friends and family, igniting the larger community with a fire in the mind.

 

Tibetan Mandala

 

 

Please visit my photo gallery to see recent crystal-eyes-ed mandalic processes.

 

Feel free to share your own mandalic journeys or thoughts on the magic circle,

images from mandala-manifestations across the world.

Tibetan sand painting

 

 

~Let the Paint Flow~

 

 








posted : 2009.Jan.12 @ 9.19pm

Mandala of Kalachakra

 

I'll definately be camping out on this thread in the future, as I love mandalas.

For my first offering, I go back to when I wanted to be a monk and dropped out of high school.

I painted this copy of the Mandala of Kalachakra when I was 16.  Notice it's incompleteness.... hehe.

 

My parent's were very worried about my dropping out of school and meditating all the time. 

This was one of the few signs of "productivity" at that point in my life, so they were dissapointed when I told them that I would burn it in the end (a sand mandala was a little impracticle, we decided).

I did try to burn it with some friends when I was 18 ~ we were at a farm that I was working at, around a bonfire.  I can't remember why it didn't burn.  Hrm...

I think we passed out and the fire went out before finishing the job.

There might be a metaphor in all that.

 

 

Also, I feel compelled to drop the dopest book OF ALL TIME

 

 

 » Celestial Gallery - Romio Shrestha

This book is so neat!  I first saw it the night of my first aya journey.

It has a foreword by Ian Baker, whose "The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place" is also awesome.

 

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posted : 2009.Jan.15 @ 12.03pm

Carl Jung was one of my most profound guides during my college studies.

His explorations of Eastern and Western Mystic traditions unveiled a

world beyond the world that was known at the time.  His mandalas, like the one shown below,

were created with the intention of healing and discovery of the individual,

the Process of Individuation Realised.

 

"The "squaring of the circle" is one of the many archetypes

which form the basic patterns of our dreams and fantasies.

But it is distinguished by the fact that it is one of the most important

of them from the functional point of view. Indeed, it could even

be called the archetype of wholeness."

~~ from Mandalas. C. G. Jung. trans. from Du (Zurich, 1955)
 
Carl Jung's Mandala
"I had to abandon the idea of the superordinate position of the ego. ... I saw that everything, all paths
I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point -- namely, to the mid-point. 
It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. 
It is the path to the centre, to individuation. 
 
... I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate."

- C. G. Jung. Memories, Dreams, Reflections.







    

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