Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning Circle, in art is a composition based in psychology of symbols which are arranged in some form of a circle. The interpretation of the symbolism is subjective and in my experience is best left to be discovered by the artist. For my personal use in my own Mandala paintings pictured here, I have found Carl Jung's work in Mandala Symbolism and Janie Rhyne's work in Gestalt Art Experience to be of great value. Mandalas are created as instinctive impulses without forethought to design or elements drawn. The unconscious insinuates the design and the meanings are often found in archetypes that transcend the boundaries of culture and time. One might easily find healing in the process of painting mandalas in the same way that Gestalt Art Therapy focuses on the inherent property of healing in the act of creating. Interpretation, in my opinion, should be secondary, but can lead one to greater understanding of the human experience.
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