MANDALAS, LUMINOUS SYMBOLS
OUR PADLET CLICK HERE PASSWORD: MANDALA_ART
- Use everything for your upliftment and growth
- Be kind + Support yourself and others
- Take care of yourself – Feel free to use the lavatory, get a glass of water any time. We will not have an official break.
- Don’t worry about not being able to finish your MANDALA. For me it takes days to finish one. Just go with the Flow. I keep the Padlet open so you can share your mandala when it is ready.
- Ask when you don’t understand something.
- Mute yourself but keep the video on so I know that you are OK.
- Quickly draw a flower in any way you like. You can use a graphite pencil or coloured ones. Make it just as you like it right now.
- Then take a picture of this drawing and share it on our PADLET HERE (click) under your name. (Let me know if you need any support)
- Please write a few words or a sentence what this FLOWER reminds you of; what specialness do you see expressed in this flower. Share it under the flower in a ‘comment’ on our PADLET HERE (CLICK)
- Now, look at the ‘comments’ that you received and chose 1-3 comments that you find interesting or surprising and …
INTRODUCTION TO MANDALA MAKING
Have you heard of MANDALAs before? What do you know about them?
MANDALA is a Sanskrit word for CIRCLE.
Why Create a Mandala?
- Because it has the regenerative and curative power to activate the latent powers of the mind. The meditative process helps to focus and open the heart to the healing power of unconditional love.
- Because it has a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body, thus focusing arid strengthening the will to heal.
- Because it can bring joy as it facilitates the healing of a sense of psychological fragmentation.
- 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 reveal unity between human existence and the structure of the cosmos—opening up a perspective in which things can he understood as a whole.
- Because it can give form and expression to an intuitive insight into spiritual truth by releasing the inner light of the soul.
Even if you know what MANDALAs are and how to make them it is worth watching the video below to learn what kind of MANDALAS we are making and why in this class.
Do you have any questions?
Why do we make mandalas this way?
The sacred symbol of the mandala enables us not only to find the healing power within ourselves but also to recover from a sense of fragmentation.
The ultimate aim of making mandalas this way (luminous symbols) is the recovery of one’s authentic Self, from the ego-personality. The recovery of this Self, synonymous with enlightenment, is the mystical experiential knowing and remembering that we are one with Divine Power/Divine Love.
We are looking to making ourselves WHOLE again, embrace and/or heal parts of ourselves that needs to be reintegrated into the whole of who we are in our ‘greatness’ or ‘wholeness’. In order to do that we must go through some kind of a transformation or recovery.
Following Dr Judith Cornell’s methodology, we create symbols of illumination as we create mandalas. This way we experience and express different aspects of our Divine Self. These mandalas are transformative and healing because they connect us with our higher self: the all-knowing, pure and divine Self that knows no fragmentation or separation.
During the class we are looking to making ourselves WHOLE again, embrace and heal parts of ourselves that needs to be reintegrated into the whole of who we are in our ‘greatness’ or in God or in the Divine, or in our Higher Consciousness. We are looking for INNER EXPERIENCES that we express and record in the form of a MANDALA.
It is our intention to create our mandalas from a deeper part of our being, the part is in connection and communication with the Divine, rather than from our Ego Mind. So, we energize and bless the material we use for creating the Mandala ensuring that they will be aligned with our intention.
ENERGIZING HANDS + BLESSING THE MATERIALS
SCALES OF LIGHT INTRODUCTION + PRACTISE
The technique that we use for creating LUMINOUS SYMBOL MANDALAS is called SCALE OF LIGHT. This basic tool is for perceiving your consciousness as a pattern of light while working with black and white materials.
We need to learn to work with black drawing paper and white drawing pencil so we can create a sense of light emanating from the paper.
Later in the program you will create an expanding pattern of light, a drawing reflecting your unique pattern of inner light and visions.
Please follow the instructions on the video. Please feel free to watch the videos as many time as you wish.
When you are ready with your practise, please share a picture of it on our PADLET (pls see link for PADLET at the top of the page)
MOVEMENT – BREAK
CREATING A SACRED SPACE FOR YOUR MEDITATION
Whether you do this exercise alone or in a group, create a clean, safe, and sacred workspace so that you won’t be interrupted by intruders or the telephone. Light a candle or incense and visualize yourself surrounded and protected by Divine Light. . If you have no particular spiritual practice or belief, use the candle to represent the supreme divine light within yourself.
ENERGIZING AND BLESSING THE MATERIALS
REMEMBERING WHO YOU ARE
Have you ever noticed that sometimes you are so busy with life that you don’t even notice that you are hungry.
As we rush rough life, we get lost in our day to day activities, and we forget who we are in our Essence. We are spiritual beings in a physical body, having both physical and spiritual experiences.
Meditation helps us maintain and develop our connection with the Divine within ourselves and keeps us aware of the Divine in others.
In today’s class we will create a Mandala that will always remind us who we are in our Hearts.
Listen to the visualization below and follow the instructions.
MEDITATION AND VISUALISATION
TASK + TIPS
Now express your Soul in a unique pattern of light, using the meditation a an inspiration.
Take out the sheet of paper and your white pencils that you have blessed and energized. It is easier to get a beautiful scale of light with the white pencils if they are kept sharp at all times.
Using the white pencil, place a dot in the center of the black paper. This dot is a symbol of Supreme Consciousness. It represents the sacred center, mirroring the spiritual center within you the midpoint between your eyebrows. This place between the brows is called the third or spiritual eye.
Before beginning, center yourself in a meditative state, focus on your third eye and keep your heart open and loving. If you wish play the music provided below that uplifts your consciousness to a sense of the Divine.
Start at the center of the paper, where you placed your dot, and begin drawing. First create an outline, use the scale of light tool to fill the drawing with light and energy.
Work from the center of the paper outward, like an unfolding galaxy, repeating the scale of light and changing its size and shape in response to your intuitive insights gained from the meditation, focus intently on creating a sense of illumination as you work. Think of your light spiralling outward as part of a galactic dance. You can turn the paper as you work.
Repeat the scale, change the size and direction, overlap the scales of light, and continue this meditation until you have expanded from the center point. Let your intuition guide you and be open to the flow of Divine Love through your hands, into the pencil, and onto the paper.
Each time you feel fearful or stuck, breathe gently and focus on keeping your heart open. Have the courage to explore your unique pattern and expression of spiritual light.
Please share your progress with the others by taking a photo of your drawing and sharing it on our PADLET (pls find link to PADLET at the top of the page)
When you are finished, hang up the image that has emerged and look at it. Let it speak to you in the silence of your heart.
MUSIC FOR DRAWING
You can listen to these lovely chants and songs while you are creating your MANDALA.
SHARING AND FEEDBACK
I would like to ask you to write a HAIKU poem (see examples below), putting your feelings and experiences about the class into words.
Please share it on our PADLET (pls find link to PADLET at the top of the page)
This ancient form of poem writing is renowned for its small size as well as the precise punctuation and syllables needed on its three lines. It is of ancient Asian origin.
Haiku’s are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5.
The 5-7-5 form: first 5 syllables second is 7 syllables third 5 syllables
The traditional haiku paints a picture. Although the haiku-form might be the most iconic thing about this poetry style, a true Japanese hai- ku was originally as much about the content as it was about the form.
AUGUST by Paul Holmes
- (5) Ripe golden harvest
- (7) Burning sun in azure skies
- (5) Labours rewarded.
Please share your Haiku on our Padlet. You can take a photo of your poem or you can type it in just like a message.
Sources: Most of the text above are taken from Dr Judith Cornell’s books as well as other sources. I altered them to fit the class’ structure and purpose.