The Green Mandala: Where Eastern Wisdom meets Ecopsychology
Creative Arts Educ Ther (2017) 3(2):3–16DOI: 10.15212/CAET/2017/3/2
The ‘Green’ Mandala: Where Eastern Wisdom meets Ecopsychology
St.-Petersburg Academy of Post-Graduate Pedagogical Training, Russia
Mandalas are circular images often created in various religious and indigenous traditions. Due to the development of Jungian analysis and transpersonal studies diagnostic and therapeutic potential of the mandala was extensively explored. Analytical psychologists and art therapists understand visualized or created mandalas of their clients as the symbolic mirror of the psyche, a means of containing and integrating its energies, both conscious and unconscious dynamics and states of mind.
This paper presents ecological and environmental perspectives on our understanding and therapeutic application of the mandala as an expressive/creative tool that helps to bring the arts and nature together and provide beneficial effects both for human and nonhuman worlds. Basic theoretical, ethical and instrumental ingredients related to the ‘green’ mandala, or eco-mandala, together with case vignettes illustrating their therapeutic application and functions will be presented.