The visualization and concretization of the mandala concept is one of the most significant contributions of Buddhism to Transpersonal Psychology. Mandalas are seen as sacred places which, by their very presence in the world, remind a viewer of the immanence of sanctity in the Universe and its potential in his or her self. In the context of the Buddhist path the purpose of a mandala is to put an end to human suffering, to attain enlightenment and to attain a correct view of Reality. It is a means to discover divinity by the realization that it resides within one’s own self.
This is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala
“The spiritual secret is that giving up any hope of escape from suffering actually opens the door to compassion and skillful means.”
Judith Simmer- Brown, Dakini’s Warm Breath
The Mandala Inside Me
My life is a mandala, it has a perimeter and at its center is a throne. Everything within this mandala is of my own making. Therefore, there is no escaping the suffering, as I am the creator of it. The way to end the suffering is by ending my mind’s addiction to it.
The suffering is created by my mind resisting what is arising and judging my every move. The way to end this suffering is by total acceptance of all parts of me. It is through love that freedom is realized. When I come to accept and love all parts of myself unconditionally then I discover freedom. Fear and judgment of myself and others dissolve in the face of acceptance. This allows me to see the divine in myself, in others, and in everything around me.
As I open to seeing and being my divine self in every moment, I move into an awareness that my mandala sits at the perfect center of a perfect universe that is made up of pure bliss. The bliss of pure potential creates the mandala of my life. Creation desires to dream, a dream of me in this world made of form. I am Creator and creation. There is no difference between my mandala and the emptiness from which it arises. They are one in the same; the only difference is the perspective I hold. Do I choose to feel the One or to feel separation?
I wrote this piece several years ago after I recognized how much I was suffering over a man who was unable to meet me in the way I wanted him too.