Creating a Mandala connects us with our true nature, centering us fully in the energy of NOW – the present moment. The creation of mandalas is an active meditation for the purpose of personal growth and self healing and manifestation. When we work with our mandala we may experience moments of clarity, harmony, peace and inner happiness.
In this workshop, I will lead you on the journey of self discovery and your connection to all that is. We will work using the Labyrinth as the basis for our creative mandala work. When we walk a labyrinth, it is a meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. The labyrinth only has one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the centre. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. I have found that working with drawing the labyrinth and using it within mandala, can be extraordinarily healing and revealing. Awareness is heightened, and things shift.
At the beginning of the workshop, I will explain my journey and experiences with Mandalas and what they mean for me. We will then do a short awareness meditation together, feeling where it is in our mind, body and spirit that we need to work on with our Mandala. After the meditation, we will begin on the journey of creating mandala and work in silence together, focusing on our intention and the piece.
There will be an hours break for lunch and please feel free to bring along a packed lunch or there are some very nice eateries within a short walking distance. We will then return to our creations and keeping in the flow the energy of our experience, I will guide you on a deep Yoga Nidra Meditation which will seed the experience within.
Creating a mandala without thought and fully experiencing the present moment is the key of self awakening. Listen to your body and be guided by your intuition. The mandala reflects your true self.
"After drawing my circles with the compass, I relaxed into a meditative, quiet space and let my hand be guided into creating shapes and choosing the colours. In this stillness, questions, insights arose from a deep place, reminding me of what my heart and soul is really seeking. Since that day, whenever I now look at my Mandala, I am taken back to that place of stillness and centeredness. Thank you Patricia for creating that space." Noreen O'Donoghoe, participant at Mandala Workshop at The October Gallery London, 8th November 2014.
A little about mandalas
The word mandala comes from Sanskrit means circle, center, circumference, sacred circle or magic circle. In eastern spiritual traditions, a mandala is a form of sacred art that depicts the totality of the self. In Islamic tradition also, the mandala features amongst their most beautiful mosques and illuminated manuscripts. In Christianity too….think of those beautiful stain glass windows throughout the ages. Ancient Celtic art, Vedic art, Meso-American, Native American, Aboriginal, Hindu, Taoist and indeed all faiths feature the powerful mandala. Swiss-German psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung found the mandala which is such an ancient archetypal manifestation that appears in all Eastern and Western religions, mythology and rituals – to be a powerful tool for growth and transformation, a symbol of wholeness.
The mandala represents both the self and world. The universe itself is a mandala. The earth, sun and moon are round. Everything alive – plants, animals and human beings – consists of cells. Each cell is a mandala. Even the seasons and the life cycle of human beings is a circle, so it is in everything where power moves. The circle is the symbol of one, wholeness and centering. It represents infinity and eternity, having no beginning and no end.
Finding your true centre
When we consciously connect with our true centre, indescribable happiness ensues. To help to feel one’s own centre is to stay conscious, no matter what might happen, no matter what one does at any time, to watch oneself consciously. As Marcus Aurelius quoted: “You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” When we truly get in touch with our true nature, we are in total peace. Imagine you are sitting in the eye of hurricane, you feel the sense of peace, stillness and calmness. If you begin to move away from the centre, everything will fall back into chaos and distortion. And when you can get to the place of your true centre, you begin to gain true perception. Physical movements like dancing are a great to way to find one’s true centre, especially the whirling dance of the Islamic dervishes. They spin and whirl in order to find in their central place; calmness. If we do not succeed to finding the centre, we become dizzy. When we connect our centre and dance, we are able to spin around almost without limit and and forget the 'self', becoming one with the music.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking on street and to the back of the Wisdom Centre (Sophia House)
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring along some bottled water, a yoga mat and blanket and perhaps a nice comfy cushion for a relaxing deep Yoga Nidra at the end of the day.
If you would like to bring a packed lunch along, there is a small kitchen and a wonderful garden to sit in should the weather be kind! Otherwise there is a Farmers Market nearby, see https://www.dublinfood.coop/ for details. There are some eateries also in the vicinity.
Can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Of course. Just call me on 087-6329125
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, just your name at the door will be fine....let's save some trees.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, that's fine. If another person is going in your place, just tell them to mention the original name under which it was booked so that I can tick it off.