Creating Mandalas Printable Page Excerpt

Sacred geometry refers to designs imbued with symbolic meanings, as well as the techniques used to create those designs. Once thought of as esoteric knowledge, numbers operate in ways that are amazing even by today’s secular standards. The designs presented in Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry draw on the vast history of mathematics and philosophy, from Pythagoras—who believed that reflecting on mathematical truths could shift the psyche closer to the divine perfection of the number gods—to the Fibonacci sequence, Jewish mysticism, and Jung. Here the tradition of sacred geometry is applied to drawing mandalas as a way of cultivating states of consciousness that contribute to spiritual and psychological well-being and self-realization. Two methods for engaging with mandalas are used throughout: intentional drawing guided by knowledge of geometry and the significance of numbers, signs, and symbols throughout history; and intuitively creating mandalas with a sacred intention using the drawing instruments and procedures of geometry.

“Play with this mandala of shrinking pentagons reminiscent of the Fibonacci progression. Following the lead of the shaded areas toward the center with your coloring may give you a sense of the vanishing point of zero.”

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“Color adds a fascinating element to sacred geometry. With your color choices you can highlight areas of a geometric design so that they stand out and create the illusion of three-dimensional depth. Whatever you decide, just remember this: enjoy the process of coloring!”—Susanne F. Fincher

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