Mandalas: Symbols of Wholeness

"Your vision will be become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."

This mandala painting & quote by the groundbreaking psychotherapist Carl Jung now hangs above the writing desk in my office. It’s the best reminder I could ask for at the start of each day as I begin my work as a spiritual life coach & writer. Both mandala & words remind me of my purpose: helping people find their own path to wholeness.

Jung believed that mandalas, found in a variety of religious traditions, were powerful symbols of wholeness and the integration of the Self. He began drawing and painting his own mandalas in 1916 as a way of representing his inner life and exploring the mysteries of the psyche. Of this daily practice of drawing mandalas, he wrote: “It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation.”