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)
"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.