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Mandala of good intentions

Mandala of good intentions

Mandala of good intentions

1-DSCF1461Once upon a time.. I had the opportunity to lead groups in using drawing techniques to tap into creativity and healing. One of the more intense exercises, group mandala creation, I have adapted for Blessinways. I have included it in the little “Divine Mamma” zine I am creating for a new kit especially for expectant mothers.

Following is the exercise which can be done for Blessinways and is easy to adapt to other occasions. Be aware that group creativity can be intense and it is not appropriate to go to heavily into healing without a qualified leader. Try to maintain a light atmosphere centred around a caring attitude for all present and in the case of Blessinways it is all for the mother, so remain light and open.

  • Find a large sheet of paper or join four sheets of paper to create a large surface.
  • Use thick pastel or oil pastels to keep drawings large and fresh.
  •  Ask the mother to draw a number of concentric circles to hold the design; this is symbolic of everyone’s connection being through the Mother.
  • Choose someone to lead the group in a visualisation of the mother’s easy, blissful birth and the healthy, mother and child, surrounded and supported in love by her family and friends.
  • Take the time to meditate and dwell on this.
  • Ask participants to draw shapes, patterns and images from the visualisation into the pre-drawn circles.
  • Everyone can work, a few at a time depending on the numbers in the group.
  • Remind people to work into each other’s drawing and link all parts of the drawing.

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