The word Mandala comes from the classical Sanskrit Language. It is made up of the words MAND, meaning 'to mark off', and LA , meaning circle or sacred centre. Sometimes 'mandala' is translated as 'essence container', a phrase that hints at its psychological and mystical meanings. The Mandala is a symbol of wholeness that can be found in cultures around the world. These symbolic diagrams reflect symmetry of natural forms, the cycle of time and the circle of community.
Mandalas are circular designs that reflect the wholeness of the person creating them. According to Carl Jung (pronounced Yoong) " a mandala is the psychological expression of the totality of the self"
Carl Jung explored the psychological meaning of mandalas. He saw mandalas as symbolic of the inner process by which individuals grow toward fulfilling their potential for wholeness. In the mandalas created by his patients, Jung saw a natural process of generating and resolving inner conflicts that brings about greater complexity, harmony, and stability in the personality. Mandalas are important indicators of the process of personal growth that moves you toward fulfilling your particular identity and purpose in life.