We will create a Mandala with colored sand. The sand pours through our fingers to create intricate patterns that gradually form a large and complex Mandala. The circle being created quiets the soul, and enables us to connect to the cyclical nature of life.
"Mandala" comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated, it means "circle," a Mandala, however, is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. Mandalas reveal a cosmic diagram that remind us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. The Mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.
Color in Mandalas expresses you innermost thoughts, feelings, intuitions, even your physical sensations.
As you enter into and experience the joy of color, you will automatically be drawn toward creative color blending, merging the material science of color mixing. A color may mean something different each time you use it. While meanings for colors are not always and everywhere the same, there do seem to be commonalities based on the shared experiences of many generations. For example, the yellow. The color of the sun has come to symbolize light, warmth, nourishment, insight.
The Mandala pattern is used in many religious traditions. Mandalas have been used in healing for centuries by cultures the world over because of their transformative effect. The process of discovering personal symbolism through practice of color and shape follows next.
Maagala, The Jewish Mandala: The term Maagala is derived from an old tale of rabbi "Choni the maagel" (Choni the creator of circles). Among other things it is told that Choni would draw a circle on the ground, stand in its center and pray to God for the blessings of rain. And his prayers would be answered.