|The Art of David Rankine||ART|
|"mandalas - symetrical angels" Jim Morrison|
Often seen as a graphic design based
upon interlocked geometric patterns, a Mandala is really a tool and a
model for self-actualized growth. The power of the Mandala is in the
doing. They are process oriented acts of creation and can take many
forms - graphic (the ones we are most familiar with), sound (music),
thought, movement (dance, walking) and written word. The act of
creativity is an act of intent. Anything done with intent becomes a
mandala. We stand at the centre point and the circle around us is our ever
expanding expression of self. They are indeed, as Jim Morrison put it: "symetrical
angels" illustrating that we stand at the centre of our own acts of
In creating a mandala, we can choose to play with our perceptions of our everyday life, freeing ourselves to reflect on experiences and feelings as though we were looking at the life of some alien. The ability of the humorist to find the strangeness in familiar contexts is also the realm of the creative person. A large part of humour (and mandala creation) is derived from taking the expectations and judgements we weren't aware we had, and exposing them to our awareness.
|Mandala work is not limited or defined by language, which makes it an even more powerful tool for exploring our unknown realms without self-censorship. As we keep changing our angle of observation in the process of drawing more mandalas, this strange life comes into finer focus until we recognize it as our own. An altered perspective also gives the opportunity to see choices or to make changes. This creative act has an empowering and integrative function|
|Simply put, the Mandala is just a tool - to be admired for its ability to heal and process but in so doing we must admire own own ability to heal and process. We are the mandala. We create them or allow ourselves to create our own healing instrument - the act of creation is the act of healing.|
Follow any of the links below for further definitions of the Mandala, ways they manifest and ways they can be used.