The day started this way…
People preparing things, people acting things
And then: Hapkido Workshop!
And Music, and Mandalas
A mandala (means circle in Sanskrit) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
Western psychological interpretations
According to the art therapist and mental health counselor Susanne F. Fincher, we owe the re-introduction of mandalas into modern Western thought to Carl Jung, the psychoanalyst.
In his pioneering exploration of the unconscious through his own art making, Jung observed the motif of the circle spontaneously appearing. The circle drawings reflected his inner state at that moment.
Familiarity with the philosophical writings of India prompted Jung to adopt the word “mandala” to describe these circle drawings he and his patients made.
The mandala serves a conservative purpose—namely, to restore a previously existing order. But it also serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new and unique. … The process is that of the ascending spiral, which grows upward while simultaneously returning again and again to the same point. — Jungian analyst Marie-Louise von Franz, C. G. Jung: Man and His Symbols, p. 225