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  1. Mandalas Geometric Link to Medicine and History

  2. The word - “mandala” • from Hindu Sanskrit, classical language of India • means “CENTER” and “CIRCLE”

  3. A Mandala • conveys relationship of center to its circumference (surroundings) • together they represent wholeness

  4. Mandala- The figure • circular design in layers radiating from the center • center symbolizes that which is beyond our understanding • circumference reflects its potential as well as boundaries

  5. Living Mandalas(Examples in Nature) • Planet Earth • Solar system • cells in living organisms • iris of the eye • snowflakes • bird’s nest

  6. Mandalas and Medicine • Carl C. Jung, Swiss psychoanalyst • believed mandalas reflect the human psyche • people respond instinctively regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, or gender • used by school psychologists to calm hyperactive children

  7. Mandalas - An Art Form • All mandalas have the following characteristics: • center • cardinal points that are contained in a circle • some form of symmetry • They can be simple or complex

  8. Links in History • Hindus • meditation • European cathedrals • windows • Aztec • Stone Calendar

  9. Can you create your own Mandala? ABSOLUTELY! How could you create one with Technology?