(Click here for Part 1)
As a cognitive and behavioral therapy tool, Carl Jung believed mandalas provided a link to the Collective Unconscious, and access to a patient’s spirit.
Why did he surmise this? On some level, we are all the same; symbols and colors are nearly universally understood. United by human experience, we share a similar unconscious understanding of the world, most readily evidenced by archetypical legends and fairy tales which echo global themes.
Art therapists use these archetypes when evaluating mandalas for clues to a patient’s past and present, although some detractors question the validity.
Regardless of clues that may or may not exist within my scribbled circle, the suspension of my thoughts during its creation lead gently to a peaceful meditation, for which I am greatful.