The name Mandala comes from the the Sanskrit word for circle or disk and refers to a sense of wholeness created by circular forms. In Buddhism, mandalas represent the ideal form of the universe. Mandalas can represent many different concepts such as creativity, love, the elements, beauty and understanding just to name a few. Ultimately a mandala or Talisman allows for a deeper connection with the self and the universe at large.
The essential purpose of a mandala is to promote peace and balance. Mandalas can be found everywhere in nature. We witness them in the forms of flowers, the rings inside of a tree trunk, a pebble thrown into a pond, sea shells and snails. Where there is a central starting point allowing for a circular pattern to emerge it is, in essence, the beginning and end of a mandala. A mandala or Talisman is used as a point of focus to help one to explore in a semi-meditative or meditative state. It is used for insight, healing, and self-expression.
In a meditative state, you can sense the image of your Talisman in your mediation. See it as if it were being projected upon a screen. It can be as large as you want. The more imaginative that you can be, the more alive this process will become.
You can place a glass of water on your Talisman coaster or small laminated print. Leave the water at least 10 minutes up to over night. The Talisman will energize the water with its particular qualities tied with your intentions.
Use a larger print of your Talisman. Gather your crystals and begin to arrange them according to your preference. The options are endless to your desire. There is no wrong or right way to use your crystals for the grid you want to create.
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