Mandala Workbook for Inner Self-Discovery

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Personal mandalas protect and adorn, express your subconscious, and bring you back to your center. The theme of the mandala -- the square within the circle, containment within the infinite -- can be found in nature as well as throughout history in cultures all over the world.

In this fun and unique book, Anneke Huyser shares the mandala-making methods she has developed over the course of a decade. She gives you just the right amount of background information to inspire you to ...

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Overview

Personal mandalas protect and adorn, express your subconscious, and bring you back to your center. The theme of the mandala -- the square within the circle, containment within the infinite -- can be found in nature as well as throughout history in cultures all over the world.

In this fun and unique book, Anneke Huyser shares the mandala-making methods she has developed over the course of a decade. She gives you just the right amount of background information to inspire you to make your own mandala -- a symbol of your journey toward wholeness. In addition to showing you what materials you need to paint or draw a mandala, Anneke teaches you how to embroider one using the cross-stitch method. You can also make a mandala out of tissue paper and hang it in front of a window, or you can make a mandala quilt out of cloth.

Anneke encourages you to use your spontaneity, but there's no shame in using a compass and ruler! What counts is that you use the process and the imagery that comes forth to explore and learn something about your inner self. For each mandala-making method, Anneke provides a practical list of materials you need along with step-by-step directions.

A chapter on symbolism describes the significance of different shapes, colors, and numbers so you can either pick images you want to work with or later analyze a mandala you have made. She also offers several ideas on what to do with your mandala once you have completed it.

The book includes eight full-color plates illustrating different types of mandalas that Anneke has created. The final chapter contains relaxation and visualization exercises to help you bring forth your inner self in the form of a mandala.

You don't need any artistic experience to begin creating mandalas -- you only need this book, a few easy-to-find, inexpensive materials, and an adventurous spirit!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074597562
  • Publisher: Binkey Kok
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1. The Mandala 1
2. Making Mandalas as a Reflective Process 19
3. Making Mandalas as a Creative Process 27
4. Drawing, Painting, Embroidery, and Other Techniques 39
5. Symbolism in Mandalas 53
6. Interpreting Mandalas 77
7. Relaxation and Visualization Exercises 95
Conclusion 101
Annotated Bibliography 103
About the Author 113
Illustrations
Coptic textile design from Egypt xii
Computer-generated fractal 4
Ornamental motif 4
Tibetan mandala 11
Example of a kolam 13
Motif on a Pima Indian basket, Arizona 15
Yin Yang 17
Mandala drawing by Abraham Huyser 30
Construction of an intuitively drawn mandala 32
Construction of a mandala drawn with compass and ruler 33
Geometric, star-shaped mandala 36
Construction of an intuitively embroidered mandala 45
Labyrinth on the Chartres cathedral floor 61
Motif from 15th-century India 64
Modern motif for Native American pottery 67
Celtic braid 69
Motif for a Native American basket 98
Color Plates
1. The Journey Inward 81
2. Wisdom 82
3. Lotus 83
4. Energy 1 85
5. Energy 2 86
6. The Source 88
7. Fear and Yearning 91
8. Sur En 93
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