This month’s featured project may challenge your idea of what a mandala is. We often think of mandalas as have a clear center with shapes, colors, and patterns repeating from the center.
Swiss Psychiatrist Carl G. Jung introduced to the West the idea of creating circular art for insight and self expression. During a time when Jung had a experienced a personal crisis his journal writings included drawings within circles. He observed over time how these drawings had colors, numbers, symbols, and arrangements that reflected his thoughts, feelings, and dreams. He called these circular drawings mandalas as they reminded him of the Hindu and Buddhist art form.
This month’s challenge is a project from a course that I teach called, “The Great Round” where we create mandala art to explore twelve psychological stages that we all experience at different moments in our lives. Pictured here is a diagram of twelve symbols in black and white that typify each of the stages and the colored images are sample mandalas for each stage.
Watch the video above to learn about Stage Three and the Umbilical Cord Mandala Project.
Take the Challenge!
- Create an Umbilical Cord Mandala
- Photograph or scan your mandala art.
- Post your entry in the Sharing Circle.
The Sharing Circle is a free membership website for mandala enthusiasts.
Not a member? Join Here: It’s Free!
The deadline to enter is August 31st.