The word mandala is Sanskrit for “circle,” having spiritual and ritual significance in many faith traditions. A mandala is a circular drawing, known to indicate internal processes. Jung referred to the mandala as a “cryptogram” or a coded message from the inner self.
After organizing your space, breathe deeply,
center and focus on what energies are present to you
immediately after listening to music.
1. Use 14×17-inch white paper on which an 11-inch circle is drawn in pencil (dinner plates work well for this).
2. Have oil or chalk pastels, crayons, or other drawing implements ready.
3. Begin with colors that appeal to you. Make designs or shapes that suggest themselves to you. Start wherever in the circle seems right to you. You are not limited to the boundary of the circle; feel free to draw outside of it as well. Use the space in whatever way you wish.
4. When you are finished, put a title on the mandala, along with your name and the date.
5. Take some time to reflect what the mandala is bringing to you in the form of insights, feelings and sensations. Write or meditate with the mandala to process the awareness that comes to you from this experience
Questions to ask when processing and journaling with your mandala:
- What is the general feeling of the mandala?
- Does the mandala have defined forms?
- What do the symbols drawn mean to you?
- Does the mandala have movement? Static? Dense? Fluid? Opaque?
- Does the mandala have a defined center?
- Does the mandala flow in a certain direction?
- What do the colors represent to you?
- Do the colors have a general feeling?
- Are any colors of the spectrum absent?
- Does the mandala go outside of the circle?
- What is the title of the mandala?
- How does this mandala relate to your intention?
- What would this mandala say in response to questions that you may have?
- What is the next step?
For more mandala questions and ideas, download a copy of Sophia Morreale’s ebook: Integrative Music Healing: The Sophia Process Theory and Practice Manual in 5 modules – Available at the store.