Give the Gift of Healing Mandala Art
I don't need a scientific study to know that creating art offers healing benefits. I can't tell you how many times I have felt resistance, restlessness or heavy energy from feeling tired, unwell, or overwhelmed by life. When I show up and get started, invariably the energy shifts from heavy to light, my body relaxes as does my mind and emotions.
There is a saying, "where your attention goes, energy flows." When we create our art, our attention focuses on what we are doing and the energy flows toward it. I can feel it in how my body, mind, and emotions feels lighter.
There is also the fun of experimenting with different mediums and the process of creating something. Not to mention the sheer joy of observing the beauty that emerges in what we create.
What I love about the stencils that I've designed for StencilGirl® Products is that they make it quick and easy to get a basic mandala drawn. Within minutes, the design takes shape and I can spend more time adding color, patterns, and even words.
In my video, I show you how to take the healing benefits of art making to a whole new level by working with symbols, colors, and intentions. The four examples include two healing mandalas made for friends and two that I created as part of my "Traveling by Moonlight Series" where I check in at the full moon and new moon each month to focus on healing intentions, gain clarity, and set in motion my dreams.
Stencils Used: Four Gates Mandala Stencil and Heart Chakra Stencil
Medium: Watercolor, salt effect, black finalizer
Message: "I made this mandala holding you in my heart. At the center is a six pointed star and 21 lotus petals that symbolize the heart chakra. Central to all healing is the power of love, loving-kindness, self compassion, forgiveness, and surrender. The gold details reflect how precious it is that we have access to this powerful energy center of the heart in any moment. The bronze hued areas are the same gold paint mixed with the rich earth color of brown. This grounds us in our spiritual practices and supports us in bringing grace to our daily lives. The violet, green blue textured areas were created by sprinkling salt. After the salt dried, I rubbed off the coarse caked on layer to reveal a beautiful effect. The process of removing the salt felt like scraping sand paper and showed me that the gritty moments in life give way to the most beautiful moments. Enjoy your mandala. Sit with it and discover your own truths.
Message: I held you in my heart as I co-created with Spirit to make this healing mandala. At the center is the third-eye chakra, luminous and full of the divine, peaceful light of a dove. The central mandala floats in the green waters of the heart chakra. Surrounding this mandala is a channel, a violet pathway. Run your fingers along this violet path, traveling around the entire mandala. May it remind you that the Divine Spirit embraces you in every moment in all situations. Meditate on this mandala when you seek a connection with the divine and you're looking for support in tapping into your intuition and wisdom of the heart.
Intention: This mandala is dedicated to cultivating inner peace and to show myself loving-kindness, compassion, and gentleness.
Intention #1: May this day unfold with grace, ease, and flow.
Question: What spiritual practice would I like to commit to in this next moon cycle? meditation, keeping a dream journal, creating mandala art at the full and new moons, etc. What are you curious about? Learning about chakras, astrology, Tarot, divination, etc.
Intention #2: I recommit to a daily morning meditation practice followed by time for journal writing.
Now you don't need to wait for a full moon or new moon to create healing mandala art. Any time is a good time to nurture your body, mind, emotions, and creative spirit!
Resources to Support Your Practice:
- Browse & Buy Stencils at StencilGirl® Products
- Chakra Stencil Reference Guide (pdf)
- Zodiac Signs & Celestial Bodies Stencil Reference Guide (pdf)
- YouTube Videos on Chakra Art, Astrology Art Journal Series, and "Traveling by Moonlight.”
- Kathryn Costa's website
Kathryn Costa is an instigator of soulful and creative living. Kathryn’s passion can be summed up in three little words: “create and connect.” Kathryn’s workshops help people to find clarity, let go of fear, embrace their dreams, and explore their creativity. She is the author of “The Mandala Guidebook.”