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Merrill’s Mandalas

Welcome to my world of mandalas!  Here you will discover my unique styles of sacred circles.  Everything is available in cards and print form.  Enjoy a perusal of my artwork and thanks for visiting!

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What makes these mandalas unique and original?

Each mandala has been created for a person or for an original request to represent the essence of the person or emotion the mandala is designed for. These mandalas are soft spoken and very different from the general theme of mandala designs. Although they carry the same level of detail they speak more to the heart than to the eye.

In speaking to the heart there is a message that is emotional in tone and is intimately involved in expressing an original and unique essence. However, the eye is pleased with the comfort and symmetry of the design as well as the colours that flow so smoothly together.

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The meaning behind a mandala

A mandala – which translated from Sanskrit means ‘the sacred circle’ or ‘the wheel of life’, has the regenerative and curative power to activate the powers of the mind. The meditative process helps to focus and open the heart to the healing power of unconditional love. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates in the shape of a ‘T’ containing a circle with a center point.

Mandalas have a calming effect on the mind and body, thus focusing and strengthening the will to heal. They can bring joy and make the invisible visible, revealing unity between human existence and the structure of the cosmos, opening up a perspective in which things can be understood as a whole.

In spiritual traditions, mandalas focus and reflect the spiritual content of the psyche for both maker and viewer. They are used as a healing and transforming art in Native American sand painting, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist rituals and modern psychotherapy.

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History of Mandalas

The mandalas concentric diagrams have spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sandpainting. They are also a key part of anuttarayoga tantra meditation practices.

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