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Magical Sacred Circles

Find your path & discover the magic within the great round symbol of life


Magical Mandala Mondays

Join us each month for your personal 

Artful Self Discovery Journey!


Bring your own Art Journal (8 x 10) and snacks.



1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

OR

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


Every Third Monday of the month


Williamstown Studio


$15 bring your own supplies

$25 use studio supplies




Artful Self Discovery

A combination of art + journal therapy and the psychology of Self

 


By participating in Magical Mandala Mondays, you will be employing a method I call artful self discovery = a blend of art + journal therapy and the psychology of self, undertaken by an individual for personal growth and transformation.

 

Art therapy was established as a profession during the 20th Century, although creative people have understood the therapeutic benefits of artistic endeavor since the beginning of time. In fact, we understand that artistic expression is a very real and compelling human need.

 

Journal therapy is a less well established discipline, but in its professional capacity is also a 20th Century phenomenon, driven by the growth of modern psychology.

 

The beauty of both art and journal therapy is that each can be undertaken by any individual, anywhere – and neither rely on the abilities of the practitioner to reap benefits, including;


· healing through emotional release, free from inhibition


· increased self-acceptance through greater understanding and a revelation of personal mythology


· discovery of unconscious secrets or patterns (the clues needed to change self-defeating habits)


· the development of creative expression as a communication technique, employing the symbolic language


· a sense of wholeness and coherence by understanding the past, discovering joy and harmony in the present and creating a desired future


· stress relief and relaxation by way of physiological changes, including increased serotonin levels


· establish meaning and develop dharma (life purpose)


· increased intuitive abilities with less reliance on the rational mind

 

Making art and journaling are two of the most powerful tools I know to effect personal change. Individually, each of them can bring great reward. Combined, they are super charged – that’s why I practice and teach both in combination as artful self discovery. It’s the method I use to investigate my three most important concerns;


· Who Am I?

· What Do I Want?

· How Can I Serve?

 



Psychology of Self

Exploring personal identity, Self and consciousness

 


‘Who am I?’ and ‘Why am I here?’ are the two questions common to most people. As soon as we begin to develop an identity separate from our mother’s, we seek answers to these questions in our clumsy attempt to establish our unique personal identity.

 

Left unanswered (as they most often are) as we go about our business of getting on with our lives, these questions usually resurface at middle age.

 

This is the time of life when many people set about undertaking an inner journey – what Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.

 

Personality psychology is an ancient practice practiced as long ago as 400BC when Hippocrates theorised that there were four basic personality types.

 

Jungian Psychology

 

There have since been many different approaches to measuring and defining personality, but perhaps the most well known methods are based on the theories of Carl Jung.

 

The Great Round of Mandala is based on the founder, Joan Kellogg’s development of Jungian theories and her own work as a mandala artist.

 

Throughout Magical Mandala Mondays lessons  you will be working with Jungian psychological theories, most notably the concept of individuation (the process of reaching one’s full potential.)

 

You will also be exploring Jung’s concept of the human psyche as mandala shaped, in the middle of which lies the true Self.

 

Jung dedicated ten years of his life to the study of symbols and as a result we also have the concept of the archetype – a symbol repeated across time and culture which is understood by the collective unconscious, which is a universal and primal pool that contains all of the knowledge that has ever been.

 

It is the compelling combination of these Jungian personality psychology constructs with the artful self-discovery methods of art and journal therapy, through the medium of mandala, that you will use throughout the year to get closer to your true centre.


 

Mandala Basics

All the info you need to prepare for twelve months of 

Magical Mandala Mondays

 

Most commonly, a mandala is described as a sacred circle, or magic circle. A Sanskrit word, it’s root can be broken down to the following composites;

 

manda = essence + la = container

 

My favourite definition of mandala is a container of essence.

 

A mandala does not need to be a two dimensional image and can be expressed in a number of ways, including spaces, songs and even dance. The mandala is primarily a device, but can be seen as a symbol, a portal, a doorway, a mirror and a map. We can draw them, sing them, hula-hoop them, walk them, craft them and build them. What all mandalas have in common is the quality of a change in a state of consciousness of the practitioner. A mandala is a place of personal transformation.

 

Once the mandala has reached your consciousness, you will begin to see it everywhere, in everything.

 

When you notice that it is all around us, you may begin to identify your own attraction to the symbol as a representation of wholeness, completeness, and even perfection.

 

You may even begin to notice it as a representation of your very existence.

 

The most basic mandala is the circle.

 

The circle, or sphere  has been the symbol of wholeness, unity and balance since ancient times and the mandala has been used to create, attract, transform, focus and contain sacred energy ever since.

 

Mandalas occur in all peoples and all cultures. The Hindu and Buddhist people thought the mandala is the symbol of the universe. Dr Carl G Jung believed it was the symbol of the self – the self striving towards wholeness.

 

Jung’s research was built upon his belief that if an individual was able to understand her own psychology of self, she would be able to create order within her inner world. With this order in place, she would be prevented from becoming lost in her own mind or overwhelmed by the tide of mass society.

  

The circle as a container and organisation vehicle is well known. Give a young child a crayon and she will soon progress from scribbling to drawing circles. The circle is an organizing principle and is a natural occurrence in the child’s learning process.


It is this organizing principle of the circle that lends the experience of drawing mandalas a way to apply order to our personal psychology. The mandala allows us to find our own center, to process old and new information and connect with our personal identity as we continue around the cycle of personal growth towards the center, our true Self.


According to Jung, “a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self.”

Follow your own instincts – remember, there is no right or wrong way to approach this work. Your direct experience is the most accurate reflection of your study here. Your interpretation is likely to be highly unique! 


Allow yourself space to create a meaningful image and not just one you think looks good!





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