On Saturday July 6th, that was just last month, I led a two hour workshop at Science and Non Duality Conference in Orvieto Italy, entitled: Meditation & Mandalas. This workshop began with a gentle yoga practice followed by shamanic breath work, a presentation, meditation and concluding with participants actually making their own mandalas.
Here is the abstract for that:
In this two hour workshop we will begin with a short calming and rejuvenating yoga flow followed by a visualization meditation. I shall speak a little bit about what a mandala is and show you how to create one while infusing it with intentions. Participants will walk away with an understanding of what mandalas are, where they came from, how to make an endless amount of mandalas, and how they can be used not only aesthetically but also as a powerful spiritual practice tool of manifestation.
The presentation portion was as follows:
Bear with me as I love to weave unrelated traditions, concepts, wisdoms and ideas. I guess that makes me a tantrika at heart?
Most of us nowadays know about Mandalas mostly because of Asian art and spiritual practices. However, mandalas have been used since antiquity. All cultures have made mandalas. Without exception. For all we know, humans have been making mandalas since they began to make art. Mandalas symbolize the whole or wholeness, the wholeness of the universe that is. Carl Jung used them as part of his therapy practice and would ask patients to create mandalas which allowed him to find emotional disorders and help them work towards wholeness – or order.
Archetypes give birth to ArtKeyTypes
Carl Jung concluded that there is something, which he later gave the name ‘collective unconscious” which allowed each person to produce similar elements. This is where he postulated the existence of his primordial images known as: archetypes. Which is what I have based my work on with ArtKeyTypes because I work with the creative process and Carl Jung has written a lot about the importance of active imagination and making the unconscious conscious. I have wanted to focus on working with the archetypes, and it seemed like an overwhelming undertaking for someone who is not a psychologist by training and that is what led me to choose the focus of working with the five elemental archetypes of which everything else is made of.
There exist , according to Jung, “identical psychic structures common to all “which seem to be passed on from generation to generation and which influence the way all humans experience the world. It is important to make the distinction here between a sign and a symbol. Every psychic product may be regarded as a symbol. Symbols supersede conscious understanding, a sign stands for something known.
The thing with archetypes is that they are not like our physical reality, they are not an observable body with organs, blood, bones, flesh..etc…The existence of archetypes is revealed by the arrangements they produce in consciousness, namely through the manifestation of symbolic imagery.
However Ayurveda has clearly been able to observe them in the human body. Any imbalance within the elements will create an imbalance within the doshas and therefore an imbalance within the entire body system.
Furthermore, while signs point to things which exist in the world, symbols stand for things that are in our psyche, or in other words they are the patterns of the unconscious.
Let’s take a step back ( or many steps back ) before religions existed and see if we can find the origin of mandalas?
I learned about sigils when I began studying with the Mystic and Seer Almine back in 2012. I have been working with and researching them for many years now and here is some of what I found.
In the Merriam dictionary a sigil is defined as: a sign that has occult power in astrology or magic. According to Almine, sigils are carriers of light and frequency. When one moves their index finger tracing the sigil in the air, they are invoking the frequencies that this movement carries. Similar to a conductor conducting music on stage. Yet these sigils have healing properties. This works by the light attracting illusion and frequency attracting distortion. Once this takes place, the person is able to express at a higher level and release old patterns of behavior.
There is more to the sigils though. After doing a little research, I discovered that they have been around since antiquity within magical and shamanic contexts and were used in mystery schools, occultism, and magic. They are still used to this day in Kabbalah. Sigils must not be confused with symbols. Symbols are representations of things that exist.
Sigils hold the frequency of the thing or emotion that exists. In other words, sigils hold the essence of something and are not a mere representation.
I suppose after such musings it is safe to say that Mandalas are Sigils?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you have any additional wisdoms ~ do write to me!
Tags: archetypes, ayurveda, carl Jung, elements, jungian psychology, Kabbalah, mandala, shamanism, sigils, signs, symbols, yantra