Mandala, Sanskrit for “sacred circle,” is a powerful and beautiful tool utilized in art therapy. Mandalas are circular forms and are well known in the realms of spirituality, mindfulness, and wellness. These captivating images can be made by anyone, no matter the age.
Carl Gustav Jung, a psychiatrist who has done profound research on the subconscious, introduced Mandalas from their eastern origin to western society. He found mandalas to be "a safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness," a pathway for productive self-reflection.
Mandalas can serve as a visual representation of the combining dualities within ourselves. When we begin to visualize our honest self, we can begin to accept ourselves as we are and work on actualizing our best self. Furthermore, the process of focusing on the circular nature of mandalas prompts necessary self-reflection.