Art as Spiritual Practice: The Mandala

I believe that just as all of life is created from and infused with Spirit, so is art.  In my art I draw no lines between “spiritual” and “non spiritual” works.  Some pieces may have more obvious religious or spiritual themes or symbolism than others, but all are created with the Creator of the Universe.

That said I do love to play with sacred geometry, especially circles.  I have worked with the form of the Rose Window for Rose of Sharon.

Rose of Sharon Copyright 2010
Rose of Sharon
Copyright 2010

I have also explored the labyrinth (the Walker Series),

Firewalker Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Firewalker
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

But until recently I have not attempted a mandala.  Finally one day last summer I cleared my schedule for an “art day” and devoted my time and energy to making one.

I began the day with meditation on the courtesy dock which actually extends over the water.  What a wonderful way to begin, sitting silently listening to the birds and feeling the gentle breeze on my face.  Then I went inside and did a bit more study on the history and process of the mandala.  I wanted to work outside so I loaded up a couple of tote bags, walked back down to the lake and set up on a picnic table by the water.

I thought I had an idea of what I would do, but Spirit had something else in mind.  Instead of the extremely intricate flowing lines of many drawn mandalas, I ended us with very basic circles full of personal meaning and symbolism.  It may not seem like much to others, but to me it is a gentle, encouraging message from the Creator and exactly what I needed on that day.  I am not posting a photo here because this is a very personal piece. It is hanging in my studio and is not for sale.

 

When we begin recognizing our connection to nature, Spirit, symbols and other people life starts to open up to us in all it’s glory.  The mandala is one tool we can use to help facilitate this.  More than just an art form, Spirit will speak through it if we just listen.

For more information on mandalas see:

http://www.mandalaproject.org/

http://peopleof.oureverydaylife.com/history-mandala-7424.html

http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/journaling-2/art-journal/how-to-draw-mandalas-and-why-you-want-to/

 

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6 thoughts on “Art as Spiritual Practice: The Mandala

  1. I just loved your expriational post today! I have worked with mandala and spiral images in my art for many years.
    Like you, I do not do the extremely symmetrical and highly organized geometrics, but mine are free to find the essence without premeditation. I am going to share this on my FB page, with your permission. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Lynda. Please share and thank you.
      I went through this time when I was making circles. Completed fabric works that were actually circular in shape. It took awhile to figure out the easiest way to make these hang but they are some of my favorites.

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