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IPMM Patterns, Papers
 & Instructions


The Symbolism of Scale & Color in Mandala/Body & Labyrinth

The Yin/Yang Color Wheel
& Interpretation Guide


Mandalas Workshop &
Inner Work Processes

The Eight Design Arrangement
& I Ching Correspondences


Mandala Gallery


& Inner Work Process


 On the outside we look like simple, individual human beings. But inside we are an entire universe of complex, interrelated and interdependent parts and selves who play multitudinous roles in our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives.

A Mandala reflects the many parts of our one, whole being.

 This wholeness of being is known as the Self, or the inner self, or the Christ Self, or, in the teachings of Jesus, the Child—the child who has an angel whose face is always turned towards God, and which child holds the key to the kingdom or the realm of spirit.

 No wonder there is so much emphasis in psychology and spiritual direction on having a positive connection with this inner child. Inner healing or the mending of the heart is largely a matter of freeing this child from its imprisonment.

 The inner child is the creative self, and we nurture this inner, child-self when we break from our adult routines and do creative work and play.

 In contact with this inner creative spirit the wellsprings of our lives are refreshed and restored--the parts are brought into balance and relationship with the whole.

 This reconnection of the parts with the whole is what is happening on a feeling and intuitive level in the process of creating a Mandala.  

A Life Journey Overview

Preparations: For each person you will need one each of seven spectrum colors in each of seven shapes—four squares and three circles--or, altogether, a selection of 49 color/shapes. You will also need a glue stick, and a background paper onto which to construct the mandala. See IPMM Pattern, Papers & Instructions.

Assemblage (general): Fan out the array of colors for each shape, arranging them according to the order in which the choices are to be made, i.e., largest square, largest circle, etc., to the smallest square

Chose first from the largest squares and glue to the backing. Next chose from the largest circles, gluing it in place, and so on for all seven levels.

Strive to be spontaneous in making the choices. Choose which color stands out or seems to want to be chosen. Try not to analyze or choose colors you may previously have believed "go together." Be intuitive.

As a Life Overview Process

Part 1:

In making your color selections for each of the seven levels, consider the following:

Level 1- Largest Square
Thinking back to the physical surroundings in which your life began,
what color resonates?

Level 2 - Largest Circle
Reflecting on the over all emotional environment of your earliest years,
what color reaches out?

Level 3 - Second Largest Square
Thinking about the widening of your world to include cultural, religious and educational influences,
what color would you choose?    

Level 4 - Middle-Size Circle
In forming special friendships and personal relationships,
what color is reflective of these?

Level 5 - Second Smallest Square
When you consider such questions as: Who am I? and Why am I here?
what color would you choose for empowerment? 

Level 6 - Smallest Circle
In choosing the smallest circle,
what color reverberates with your vision for your personal future?

Level 7 - Smallest Square
What color would you like to place in the center of your mandala?

Life Overview Process
Part 2
The Mandala Journal Dialogue

Dialoguing with a creative work is one of Ira Progoff’s Intensive Journal innerwork processes. There are a number of ways of initiating a dialogue with a mandala:

True to form an intensive journal dialogue with a creative work might begin with a question or an observation addressed to your mandala and then, taking the part of the mandala, write what comes in answer. For instance:

You:   I'd be interested to know what in my earliest surroundings the large orange square I chose for your background represents.

Mandala:   Well, it is a warm, energizing color and suggests a highly active early environment.

You:    That it was. And I do recall there were orange trees in the backyard. I guess the overall feeling was one of warmth and activity.

(Going then to the next level, the largest circle, allow the dialogue to progress through all seven levels.)

Below are a few other suggestions for journaling with a mandala.

   ·        Looking at your mandala,  begin writing whatever comes first to mind and follow where the flow leads.

 ·        Or, look to the levels as “stepping stones” in your life and, beginning with the first color chosen, see where the progression leads.

 ·        Another way to begin might be to write “I chose (insert color) because . . .” and write the first thing that comes to mind, continuing in this vein.

 ·        Or, consider the overall feeling tone of the mandala and dialogue concerning this.

 ·        Another approach might be to dialogue with Matisse’s statement that “Composition is the art of arranging in a decorative manner the various elements at an artist’s disposal for the expression of his or her feelings,” asking, “In what way is my mandala an expression of my feelings?”

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