Mandala – Sacred Circle (Sanskrit) – A meditative artform that reveals the soul’s wisdom.
Chakra – Sacred Wheel (Sanskrit) – Seven centers that represent the energetic anatomy.
Author and Artist – Laural Virtues Wauters
Mandala Chakra is a conscious process of self-discovery and wholeness based on the seven chakras of our energetic and physical body. By seeing ourselves and our world from seven different perceptual states we can begin to see how we are interconnected with everything.
Forty-nine, hand-drawn mandalas with brief explanations and messages help to explain complex concepts such as nature’s archetypes, sacred geometry, platonic solids, world belief, consciousness and infinite oneness. The words mandala and chakra are Sanskrit words (ancient language of India) related to sacred circles or wheels. A circle represents both the infinite world it contains and the beginning point of everything. The circular paths of stars inspired the creation of astronomy, math, science and time itself in all cultures throughout the world. It also informed our beliefs.
The concept of a chakra, originated when yogis sensed invisible wheels of energy within them during deep meditation. They toned vocal sounds or mantras to improve their flow of life force energy (prana) through channels (nadis) within their energetic and physical body. As they chanted, they sensed how different mantras helped them reach various levels of consciousness. These mantras evolved into visual yantras or circular geometric drawings used for meditation. This practice gave way to the creation of mandalas as a tool for meditation.
During the mid 20th Century, Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung (1875-1961) pioneered the field of behavioral psychology. He studied concepts such as individuation, the conscious and unconscious self, the collective unconscious, as well as the concept and identification of psychological archetypes.
Jung felt that the human psyche was, “by nature religious,” and what set man apart from other species was their search for meaning in both life and death. He theorized that the human psyche individuated or separated the self from its soul in search of its unique purpose in life. Yet during this quest for purpose the psyche ultimately longed to reunite with the soul to feel whole. He felt that trauma enhanced this sense of separation. It could also prevent the psyche from rejoining the soul to feel complete.
When Jung began experiencing circular images in his dreams he was compelled to draw them as he sensed they were showing him how to heal his own trauma. Jung was curious about where these mysterious circles originated and how they were able to tap into his unconscious mind. When he discovered that he was subconsciously connecting with the mandalas of India he was inspired to see how psychological archetypes could be held in the collective unconscious.
The word archetype, “original pattern from which copies are made,” actually dates back to Plato. Plato, a Greek philosopher (424–347BC), identified archetypes as ideas in pure mental form that were imprinted into the soul before it was born. They are shared fundamental characteristics or experiences felt among all humans.
Carl Jung, identified mandalas as the archetype of wholeness and trees as the archetype of the human psyche.
Judith Cornell PhD (Rajita Sivananda), (1941-2010) pioneered new methods of working with mandalas as a healing art form. She felt they were accessible to everyone as a way to awaken the inner wisdom of our true nature. Dr. Cornell taught non-judgment, non-attachment and unconditional love.
In 2007, Laural attended a silent retreat, facilitated by Dr. Cornell inspired by the world’s primary religions: Indigenous, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In deep meditation, the illusion of separation dissolved to one of longing to be loved.
Our energy body is a multi-dimensional sensory field that is interconnected within our physical body. Together we contain an infinite amount of memory, but currently access only a fraction of it. By becoming aware and embracing our shared history we open ourselves to receiving these insights.
Mandala Chakra is designed to help us remember all that we are. Forty-nine mandalas were drawn to capture the archetypal wisdom of the chakras from seven different perceptual states to awaken the one within all.
- Root – Base of Spine
- Sacral – Abdomen
- Solar Plexus – Stomach
- Heart – Heart
- Throat – Throat
- Third Eye – Forehead
- Crown – Top of Head
Seven Perceptual States
- Natures Archetypes
- Sacred Geometry
- Platonic Solids
- Energy Centers
- Jungian Consciousness
“What a beautiful map you have drawn for the connection of all and human consciousness. Mind blowing!” – Rebecca Lorang
Laural Virtues Wauters is a certified mandala facilitator trained through Rajita Sivananda (Judith Cornell Ph.D.) She is a graduate of the Four Winds – Healing the Light Body School of Energy Medicine founded by Dr. Alberto Villoldo. She is a misa carrier working with Adolfo Ttito Condori – an Andean Altomisayok. Laural has earned a BSW in Social Work and a BA in Graphic Communications.
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“The Tree of Life lives within each of us, helping us awaken to our true nature. Let us reach out with branches of compassion, connect with each other through our shared roots, and hold space for all to grow and feel loved.” – Laural Virtues Wauters
Author & Artist: Laural Virtues Wauters
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