The first seven mandalas are based on cymatics. That is a visual representation of a sound wave. These mandalas are based on the tones that correspond to the chakras.
THE MANDALA EVENT
The Mandala Event is a multimedia project consisting of several different elements. The foundation of the project is a series of one-hundred, 2-Dimensional mandalas created by artist Matthew Schultz.
The primary feature of the exhibition is 25 select limited-edition prints, framed and signed by the artist. These archival pigment prints range from 24-square-inch to 48-square-inch matted and framed. They are ideal for galleries, yoga centers, hospitals, healing centers, spas, spiritual spaces and homes.
Schultz has also composed an album to accompany the exhibition. This new-age music contains binaural beats which are also used in meditative practice. Portable CD players are available at the show, allowing the audience to choose which songs they wish to listen to while viewing the artwork.
In the future, all 100 mandalas will be animated and compiled into a one-hour DVD. It will feature Schultz's music as its score.
The final stage of the project is to create a Mandala Healing Dome. This Buckminster Fuller-inspired structure will allow the viewer to watch the animated Mandalas projected onto the ceiling of the dome. Think of it as a portable planetarium for healing. Schultz is currently seeking hospitals, healing centers, yoga studios, and art galleries to work in coordination with his mandala event.
MANDALAS AND CARL JUNG
Psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as "a representation of the unconscious self," and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional states and work towards wholeness in personality.
WHAT IS A MANDALA?
Mandalas are concentric diagrams and have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sand painting. They are also a key part of yoga tantra meditation practices.
In various spiritual and non-spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and for establishing a sacred space; and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
According to the certain psychologists, the mandala’s symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his own paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional states and work towards wholeness in personality.
MANDALAS ARE MORE THAN JUST ART
Mandalas are used to center the mind and to focus one's attention during meditation. This practice works both while creating them and while contemplating them. The meditative practice is found to lower the heart rate and calm the nerves.
Mandala therapy has been proven to assist in calming patients undergoing cancer treatment as well as those who are in need of end of life care; patients who have used mandala therapy have reported them effective in pain and anxiety reduction. There is considerable evidence to the positive effects of mandala meditation.
It is my goal to bring this practice to healing centers, hospitals, yoga centers and schools. It is here that the art of the mandala can become more than just a beautiful picture.
MANDALAS IN BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY
Buddhists believe that the sand mandala transmits positive energies to the people who view and create them. When the monks construct a mandala they mediate and chant to invoke the divine beings or deities. The monks ask for the deity's healing blessings. This healing energy then expands to the entire world. Finally, the sand is swept up and dispersed into flowing water. This is a further expression of sharing the mandala's blessing with all things on the planet.