About a year after I had been declared cancer-free, David and I were invited to do a mandala workshop at the wonderful Healing Journeys free cancer conference in Sacramento, California. Healing Journeys, a non-profit organization, conducts conferences around the country for cancer patients and their caregivers, without charge! The conferences feature inspirational music, presentations, and the invaluable opportunity to feel the love and empathy of a huge group of people who all share the same experience. I hope you will visit Healing Journeys at their website www.healingjourneys.org and support their work.
One purpose of our workshop was to share information about how mandalas express and strengthen inner integrity. As Dr. Carl Jung wrote in Memories, Dreams, Reflections, “The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.”
In addition to educating about mandalas, we had materials available so that attendees to the conference could create their own healing images. By the end of the weekend, the room was festooned with dozens of mandalas, each testifying to the spirit of its creator. Repeatedly, people told us how satisfying and comforting it was to make a mandala. Below you will find instructions for engaging in this happy process.
Six steps to creating a mandala for self-healing:
1.Create a field of wholeness:
One of the simplest ways to do this is to take a large sheet of paper and draw a circle in the middle. You can use a pot lid or paper plate that fits onto your page to get a large circle. By working with a circle, you are telling your inner self that wholeness is the message in your artwork.
2.Select a number for dividing up in your circle:
Using a ruler, or simple freehand lines, split your circle into sections. Do you want four quarters, six sections, eight, or twelve? You don’t have to divide the circle, but doing so introduces an element of sacred geometry. Is there a number that is meaningful to you?
3.Fill in the segments, or the entire circle:
If you like to draw or paint, you can work with crayons, pastels, paints etc. If you are more inclined to collage, cut out pictures that speak to you of health and healing and paste them into your sections, or whole circle.
4.Consider the background around the circle:
Do you want to have a simple white background to your circle? Do you want a colored background? Again, using painting tools or collage elements, address the background. You may actually want to cut the circle out, and have a round image.
5.Mount the image on cardboard:
This allows you to hold the image, or stand it up where you can contemplate it.
6.Reflect on the image—what does it say to you?:
Do you get any guidance on self-healing from looking at the image? What do you notice in your body? In your emotions? You may want to journal about what arises when you work with your mandala.
Making and sharing mandalas is a great honor and joy. To end this series on pink mandalas, here is a story (and image) that I included in my article called “Mandala Blessings: Art that Heals and Transforms” :
“An event that reflects the healing power in mandalas took place when David and I showed our work at an art festival in Sausalito, California. We had just completed a series of thirty-five images that we call Healing Mandalas, several of which were displayed on one wall of our booth. Just before closing time, a woman came toward us. She was walking with a cane, and looked very tired. As she came into our space, she first gave a great sigh of relief, and then burst into tears. When she could speak, she told us that she was having radical cancer treatment. She had the urgent intuition that she should go to the festival because there was something there that she really needed to help her recover. Even though it wasn’t easy for her, she walked all around the art fair looking for her medicine piece. When she saw the mandala on our wall (one made from a star-gazer lily, see below], it gave her a tremendous message of hope and blessing. As she walked away with the mandala in her backpack, we were very grateful to have been there.”
As an outgrowth of my own experience with regaining wholeness, I offer Healing Ally consultation services and classes to women who are on the conscious path to wellness. You can read about my offering on our Healing page.
If you or someone in your family or circle of friends is grappling with breast cancer, David and I send you loving wishes for strength and recovery. And we want to give you a way to enjoy and share the Healing Mandala #25 at a special discount for October.
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It is our deep desire that these pink mandalas will bring peace and healing joy to all.