What are sacred meditation symbols?
This hands-on workshop introduces you to sacred symbols, instruments, shapes and patterns referred to as yantras and mandalas, used to focus the mind. Create your own mandala and yantra and make creation part of your daily life again. Learn how to use yantras and mandalas to help you achieve focus in everyday life and find balance, peace and harmony.
The following is an extract from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Mandala (Sanskrit mandala “essence” + “having” or “containing”, also translates as “circle-circumference” or “completion”, both derived from the Tibetan term dkyil khor) is a concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance.
Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,” and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality. The mandala is a geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective.
Mandalas may be employed for focusing attention; as a spiritual teaching tool; for establishing a sacred space; and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to David Fontana, its 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.”
Yantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from the root yam meaning to control or subdue or “to restrain, curb, check”. Yantra are ‘instruments’, or more simply ‘symbols’, usually used to focus the mind. Traditionally they are used in Eastern mysticism to balance the mind or focus it on a spiritual concept. The act of wearing, drawing, or concentrating on a yantra is said to have spiritual or astrological or magical benefits.