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Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing
Judith Cornell, Ph.D.
Drawing on her worldwide experience in helping people access innate capacities, visionary artist Judith Cornell presents the art of the mandala as an approach to well-being and self-knowledge.

1 "In the consciousness of one who is immersed in the divine love of God, there is no deception, no narrowness of caste or creed, no boundaries of any kind. When you experience that divine love, you will see no difference between flower and beast, between one human being and another. You will commune with all nature, and you will love equally all mankind." Paramahansa Yogananda

2 "The shape of the world exists everlastingly in the knowledge of the true Love which is God: constantly circling, wonderful for human nature, and such that it is not consumed by age and cannot be increased by anything new….in its workings the Godhead is like a wheel, a whole." Hildegard of Bingen,

3 "In the state of consciousness natural to the field within the mandala – that of Self-realization, or nonduality – such opposites as inner and outer, or subjective and objective, male or female, matter and spirit, are all grasped as connected, married, ultimately unified." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

4 "At a deeper level, I comprehended the divine intelligence that creates an infinite variety of forms from light, and I perceived that humankind is beginning to participate more fully in this act of creation."

5 "Jung's involvement with the mandala culminated in his insight that it represented the center, the midpoint that balance all dualities." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

6 "It is no accident that Jung discovered the mandala in the context of psychiatry. The mandala often is constellated naturally to heal and protect such profound transformative experiences." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

7 "As we enter the next millennium, we are challenged to integrate our feminine and masculine selves, and to heal our sense of fragmentation. By letting go of our sense of separateness and aligning our wills with God's, we can become clear channels of revelation and solutions for personal and global healing. Many great people have gone before us to light our way – we need only open the spiritual eye to see and the spiritual ear to hear."

8 "The entire journey in God is a journey in symbols, in which one is constantly aware of the higher reality within things. Symbols reflect both Divine transcendence and Divine immanence; they refer to both the universal aspect of creation and the particular aspect of tradition." Laleh Bakhtiar

9 "The marriage of opposites, the transcendence of duality, occurs in the realization of the Self." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

10 "By revisioning, and therefore changing our consciousness, all of our personal and global relationships can be brought into harmony. The greatest challenge facing each of us is to take personal responsibility for living in harmony with all life forms and understanding the delicate web of connections between all life and the Earth."

11 "[During meditation] each stage of human evolution flashed before me as an upward spiral of spiritual development into divine realization. I saw human beings transformed into more and more refined and transparent bodies of light, gifted with the divine power to structure atomic energies into any form imaginable."

12 "You are the artist, you are the raw material, you are the work of art and you are the reality behind the work of art….One experiences ecstasy when one discovers the creator in one, as oneself." Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

13 "All over the world one can find temples constructed as three-dimensional mandalas. One can also find labyrinths, which are circular walkways created from sacred geometry. Walking in them allows you to become part of an integrating mandala reflecting universal wholeness."

14 "The universe, our souls, all languages and symbols, and all truths of the various religions, arts, and sciences are manifested through the great 'Aum' vibration of Word, the Divine Mother or creative aspect of God."

15 "We have to try to reveal that Light which is hidden in us as a bud. It must blossom like a flower. In all things everywhere, in all beings, the Light is hidden, and it must be revealed." Mother Meera

16 "In spiritual traditions worldwide, mandalas focus and reflect the spiritual content of the psyche for both maker and viewer. They are used as a healing and transforming art in Native American sand painting, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist rituals, and modern psycho-therapy. In Jungian psychology, the mandala brings about healing in a type of psychological event called a crisis of transition. Here the ego fragments and is in danger of collapsing; the mandala forges a new relationship of the ego to the Self."

17 "According to all great masters, humankind's greatest goal is to overcome the cosmic illusion that all forms are separate and distinct….to experience ourselves and the universe as the totality of God's Absolute Nature – the One, illumined throughout by cosmic light."

18 "You might think of the mandala as reflecting back to us the harmony and beauty of our nonmaterial reality."

19 "In its most elevated form, the sacred circle mirrors an illumined state of consciousness through a symbolic pattern – making the invisible visible. It is meant to draw both creator and viewer into an encounter with animating sources of numinous energy."

20 "When Indians say that we are all related to all things, we mean that all races have the same Mother, Mother Earth, and we are all brothers and sisters." Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, 'Mother Earth Spirituality'

21 "Many modern discoveries help man to apprehend the cosmos as a varied expression of one power – light, guided by divine intelligence." Paramahansa Yogananda

22 "In both dreams and religion, the relation of the center to the mandala expresses the relation between the potential and the actual." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

23 "The mandala embraces both directions, which is why it is the consummate archetype of East and West alike. As the 'alpha and omega', the center is a union of opposites – a reflection of the true higher Self." ." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy'

24 "Our Being is a brilliant pattern of energies: a spectrum of possibilities….Symbols are windows through which we can view the Essential Nature of our Being." Ngakpa Chogyam, 'Rainbow of Liberated Energy'

25 "Meditate for a moment on the web of light streams that connects your soul, mind, and physical body to the universe. Realize that through the divine inner light of your consciousness you are participating in the creation of this tapestry of light and life."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite