Different spiritual traditions through the ages have developed a variety of ways of describing the soul and its physical characteristics. Hindu tradition portrays the physical body as being governed by a series of seven rotating energetic centers called chakras which means “wheel” in Sanskrit. Each chakra has an attributed colour, the wavelength of which is said to match the energetic wavelength of the body’s center. The chakras are said to be the connection between the ethereal and the physical realms of existence.
Other traditions such as those related to Buddhism, portray the soul as a Lotus flower. In certain Buddhist and Tibetan traditions, spiritual followers create visual interpretations of this philosophy through the use of Mandalas. A Mandala is a series of concentric circles or circular like shapes which portray the soul of the creator. Circles have been a source of power throughout history. A circle drawn upon the ground in certain magical rituals serves as a protection against undesirable forces that are being invoked. North American Indians speak of life as a circle flowing from one into another.
The act of creating a Mandala is a type of meditation in and of itself. Visually focusing your mind can help to quiet the runaway train of thoughts that may be running on unconsciously. Mandalas can help awaken your sense of personal consciousness.
This project is one I developed to create certain skills in the willing participant. That of following direction and intuition concurrently is the most important. The following directions for the creation of your own soul’s Mandala are loose and sometimes purposefully unspecific. They are based on the description of the soul as described by Alice Bailey’s mentor and channeled teacher Djwal Khul.
Prep: Get yourself a pencil, colours if you have them, a comfortable spot. Choose the colours you feel drawn to for each step of the creation. Make tea. There are no rules.
1- You will begin by creating a nine petalled lotus as the center of your soul. Use any colour(s) you want. You may find that the colours you choose tell you some things about how you portray and view yourself – so try not to follow any “chakra colour” rules.
2- At the central point, create an electrical fire which emanates outwards into a further three petals which encompass and protect the 9 petalled lotus. Each of the three outer petals encompasses three of the inner lotus.
- The three outer petals extend outwards to the sphere of your life’s influence.
- Represent this in any way you want. You can consider the use of collage and magazine clippings if you want to represent your “sphere of influence” to yourself.
- In other words, what does your life touch?
3- The three petals encircling the lotus into groups of three pets each are named Knowledge, Love and Will. As you go through life, the sets of three of these are activated depending on your life path and place in your learning.
4- As your incarnations in lives progress, the colours of your soul deepen and become more vibrant. The vibrancy arises from the root of all. Depict this concept in your Mandala. Where are you activated?
5- As you evolve towards consciousness of self – the three outer petals of each center are energized:
- The three petals of Knowledge are activated, organized and vitalized first: This occurs in the “Hall of Ignorance” (Outer Court)– the phase of life where everything is experienced on the physical level.
- The three petals of Love are activated in the “Hall of Learning” (Inner Court) – you seek to spiritualize your learning consciously.
- Lastly – activation of the petals of Will (also called sacrifice) in the “Hall of Wisdom” – also called the Holy of Holies.
6- These three things do not happen separately – but concurrently. In and out, over time. The completion of each is marked by one of three initiations in the three courts of the Temple.
7- The fundamental colour of the petals is orange with iridescent green, violet blue, rose yellow and indigo.
I will publish my own interpretation of this after a few days, and will encourage you to do the same – share your soul with us!