Calling in a Container: When you are doing intentional shamanic work it is wise to call in the cardinal directions or to form a similar energetic container to assure that the helping spirits “hear” your intention and so that you … Continue reading →
After working a number of years shamanically and travelling with Nancy, Elen Tompkins has come forward with her own revelatory publication. Traveller’s Joy recommends Silver Wheel, the Arrival of the Elven Teachings by Elen Tompkins, shamanic healer, author, and Reiki Master. … Continue reading →
The basis of the mandala is primordial basic ignorance, the ignoring of our true nature. This is how the whole mess that we have got ourselves into started, by a little seed of ignorance, by refusing to dance with the natural play of energy. Nobody actually knows how this started or why, it is just the basis of our present situation—a kind of cloudy ignoring, which spreads through the whole samsaric mandala and provides the basic ground for it. At the same time, this ignorance is extremely intelligent.
Imagine what intelligence it takes to decide to ignore reality and to gradually build up the whole fantastically complicated structure of personality, individuality and egohood! And it goes on deliberately ignoring things as they are, deliberately cutting itself off and thinking it is one thing in opposition to everything else, building up this whole magnificent, wonderful edifice of human beings. This energy of intelligence, however, might just as well be put to good use, and turned into wisdom and enlightenment. That is the whole dynamic behind the mandala. This same energy could just as well be enlightenment and is, in fact, but we don’t realise it.
~ Francesca Fremantle in Buddhism Now, 2004
Once we recognize this unity between the space around us and the space within us, it is a natural step to see how intimately mandalas can describe our inner selves. Every element of our awareness as we move about our … Continue reading →
by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche According to the mandala principle, a prominent feature of tantric Buddhism, all phenomena are part of one reality. Whether good or bad, happy or sad, clear or obscure, everything is interrelated and reflects a single totality. … Continue reading →
By Jose Arguelles and Miriam Arguelles, forward by Chögyam Trungpa This lavishly illustrated classic, selling over 70,000 copies in English and translated into four European languages, is the first to deal comprehensively with the mandala, the principle of the center, … Continue reading →
by Bailey Cunningham. Mandala: Journey to the Center provides insights into the significance of mandalas and helps you to use them as a path to greater self-awareness. Mandala offers over 400 breathtaking color photographs of mandalas in manifestations from art, … Continue reading →