Art expression in the Mandala

Business World, Posted on October 23, 2011 08:23:09 PM
October 23, 2011 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

By Marivic Rufino
Mandala is the path to the center, to individuation. I began to understand that the goal of psychic development is the self. There is no human evolution. There is only a circumambulation of the self. — Dr. Carl Jung, Swiss analyst

The Mandala, “circle” in Sanskrit, represents wholeness, an integrated view of the world and the universe. In his books, Dr. Jung wrote, “It signifies the psychic center of the personality, not to be identified with the ego…. As psychological phenomena, they [mandalas] appear simultaneously in dreams…they contain a quaternity or a multiple of four, in the form of a cross, a star, a square, an octagon.”

“A cosmic diagram, it is a model for the organizational structure of life itself,” Dr. Dido Gustilo-Villasor explained. “The mandala reminds us of our relation to the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and mind. It 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.”

Mandala art is a form of self-expression, personal growth, and spiritual transformation. It connects our inner self with the meaning of important life experiences. Thus, in painting a circle one experiences the sense of completeness.

To illustrate, there is a central point or focus within the symbol from which radiates a symmetrical design. Within each one of us is a center. Everything is related to it because it is a source of energy and power.

In architecture, the mandala forms the ground of sacred and secular buildings, in nearly all civilizations. The city, fortress, and temple are symbols of psychic wholeness. For example, the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia; the Arc de Triomphe, L’Etoile in Paris; St. Peter’s in Rome.

For thousands of years, mandala art has existed in Tibetan Buddhism. The Navajo sand artists use the mandala in healing rites. The Medicine Wheel was used by native people as a connective force between earth energies and nature.

Every spiritual and religious system asserts the reality of such an inner center. The Romans worshiped it as the “genius within.” The Greeks called it the “inner daemon.” Christian religions are about the soul, the Christ within. In Jungian psychology, it is the “Higher Self.”

By working with the imagination, the artist can see into the inner self. When one plays with images and symbols, there is an expanded state of awareness and perception of the inner energies beyond the rational and intellectual.

“As evolution of consciousness, Mandalas are here to remind us that we are walking around as beautifully unique spheres of Light frequencies pulsating in unison with the Heart of Life,” Rose Yenko, Carl Jung Circle Center chair, remarked. “Mandalas come to awaken in us the Cosmic.”

Making a mandala is described as the process of mapping one’s inner world. It involves meditation that brings inner peace. The process provides us with a mirror to see the dynamic forces that operate within.

The CJCC will present the third annual art show “Mandala ATBP” with artists Dr. Dido Gustilo-Villasor (art deco influenced works); Barbara Gonzalez (funky unique jewelry); Alain Austria (Filipino mythos meets Buddhist iconography); Astrud Crisologo (art installation); Alex Tee (reflective, high affect sculpture); Len Fernandez (watercolor paintings); Nina Lojo (naturalistic paintings); Denise Weldon (mixed media new works); Dias Dominguez (classical realism art); Kim Nygaard (mandala-inspired nature photographs); Riel Hilario (sculpture); and Oliver Roxas (food art installation).

There will be a special exhibit of practical art by guest artists and a choral art performance by ANIMA with conductor Gideon Livingston A. Bendicion.

The art show will open on October 25 at 6 pm, LRI Design Plaza, N. Garcia Jr., Bel Air, Makati City.

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