ABOUT MANDALAS

MARI System and Training Information

  The Mandala

The Mandala is a drawing made within the framework of a circle. Cultures from around the world have used circle drawings that have been found to use similar colors, shapes and symbols to express universal aspects of the human experience.

Circles represent wholeness and a connection to human experience in many ways. The circle shape is a constant foundation of nature-from cells and atoms to planets. Cycles are innate in all of life---biological cycles, weather cycles, and planetary cycles. The mandala and that which we create within and outside of it speak from this universal and yet, very personal, place.

Carl Jung is credited with re-invigorating our present understanding of the pscyhology and importance of the mandala. The work of Joan Kellogg, MA ATR, as represented in the MARI, has evolved from Jung's discoveries.

  Workshops on Mandalas

Chris Brewer provides workshops exploring the significance of the mandala and sponsors workshops teaching how to interpret and use mandalas for personal use or as a professional tool. See our training descriptions below.

The Mandala-Drawing out Personal Insights
The Mandala in Counseling Practices
Mandala: Insights for Healing in Health Practices
MARIŠ Card Test Training
Finding our way-Mandalas and the Labyrinth

  Mandala Interpretation--Do Your Own Mandala

Make your own mandala---send it to us and we will provide you with insights and an interpretation. Private mandala Consultations on site are also available.

Mandala's are simple to do and the process of making them is as rewarding as are the insights gained from interpretation. Make your own drawing following the mandala instructions below. Send your mandala to us via mail or email and we will provide a mandala consultation. We will respond with a review of insights and an interpretation from your drawing by email, mail or telephone. Or attend our workshop, The Mandala, Drawing out Personal Insights. See our Music in Health training schedule or Contact us with your request for a list of current offerings. On-site Mandala Consultations are also available.

  The MARI Card Test

The MARI card test is a non-verbal way of gaining insight into one's present state---in mind, body and spirit. Art therapist Joan Kellogg developed this method in 1978 based upon art therapy principles, consciousness research, Jungian theory and cross-cultural studies. Amazingly simple, the card test provides insights difficult to find through words.

The MARI Card test has been researched by the Mandala Assessment Research Institute (MARI) for validity and reliability. The process works well for people seeking new personal insights and has also been effective in a variety of health care systems: medical, mind-body, drug and addiction rehabilitation, counseling and therapy, education, correctional institutions, among others. Ongoing research and validation of this test is a continual process.

  How is the MARI Card Test done?

The revised test includes 39 design cards representing 13 archetypal stages which are cyclical in nature. There are 40 color cards. The designs are in black on clear plastic, allowing the color cards to become a background color for any design. In the test, six design cards are selected which appeal the most to the person taking the test. A seventh card is also chosen. In contrast, the seventh card is one that appeals the least to the client. Color cards are then selected as a background for each of the seven chosen cards, representing the color the client feels best accentuates the design he or she has chosen.

An interpretation of the combination of selected colors and symbols provides insights into the current state of the test-taker-like a window to the soul. The card test reveals mental, physical and spiritual elements that tend to be based on current situations and are dynamic over time. Each MARI test is influenced by time, significant life events and change processes occurring for each individual. A series of tests taken periodically reflect the continuing process of change and growth in our lives.

An interpretation of the combination of selected colors and symbols provides insights into the current state of the test-taker-like a window to the soul. The card test reveals mental, physical and spiritual elements that tend to be based on current situations and are dynamic over time. Each MARI test is influenced by time, significant life events and change processes occurring for each individual. A series of tests taken periodically reflect the continuing process of change and growth in our lives.

Do your own MARI Card Assessment.

  MARI Resources

MARI is under the ownership of Mari Resources. To find out more about the company and other MARI offerings see the MARI Resources website.

Additional information can be obtained through Mandala Associates

  Mandala Instructions

Making a mandala is very simple and easy to do. The process itself is rewarding and the results provide a visual that has special meaning for you. Here are easy-to-follow instructions. Whether you make a mandala and send it to us for interpretation or just hang it on your bedroom wall to appreciate, you will find the experience fulfilling.

  1. Use a large piece of paper and a template for making a circle outline. A dinner plate works well for making the circle. Paper that is 11x 14 (such as that found in sketch pads from crafts stores) or larger provides a very nice dimension, but it is possible to do this on a regular blank 8 ˝ x 11 if a smaller mandala is drawn. Optimally a mandala is at least 8" to 10" in diameter.


  2. Make a light pencil outline of the dinner plate on the paper.


  3. Use markers or oil pastels--available at your local crafts store-with a wide variety of color choices (24 or more). Crayons can be used but do not allow as much flexibility with the drawing.


  4. Take a deep breath, relax and clear your mind of thoughts and concerns. Now create your drawing by filling the circle with lines, shapes and colors. It is not necessary to stay or even begin the drawing within the lines of the circle.

    The object of mandala drawing is not to make a picture of anything in particular but rather to let the drawing unfold without conscious mental direction. This is a right-brain, intuitive drawing-and there is no right or wrong way to do it!

    A good way to start is to pick a color that you feel drawn to use. Then begin to make marks on your mandala. As you proceed you will know what to do-whether to make curved lines, straight lines, dots, or circles----and which colors to add.


  5. Important! Here is one of the best parts. When you have completed the drawing-give it a title! This is not something to think about while you are drawing, but when your mandala is complete. Again, intuitively, the answer will come to you. Title the mandala and date it.

Options:

  • Hang your mandala up where you can see it and let the drawing "speak" to you over the next few days.


  • Take a moment, now or later, and write some reflections about your drawing---what meaning does it have for you? What does it remind you of? What do the colors and shapes tell you? How does it make you feel?


  • Draw a mandala once a week and watch the changes. See how they correlate with your life experiences and feelings.


  • Send us your mandala and we will interpret it based on the MARI work. We will send you back an interpretation and insights for you or you may set up a phone call Consultations. Mail/email interpretations are $25 and phone Consultations are $35 for a 15-minute consult and hard-copy interpretation. On-site mandala Consultations, including a drawn mandala and the MARI card test are available for $45. Sign up for email mandala consultation, telephone mandala consultation or on-site mandala consultations via our website-instructions are provided.


  • After signing up for a mandala consultation send your mandala via email to chris@MusicAndLearning.com or mail to:

    Chris Brewer
    1239 Kenoyer Drive
    Bellingham, WA 98229
    chris@musicandlearning.com

    Your original mandala will be returned to you.


 

The mandala is a circular drawing, well known by Jungians as an indicator of internal processes. Jung referred to it as a "cryptogram"-a coded message concerning the state of the self.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each of us has to find his or her own way. . . .Nobody can give you a mythology but you'll find the images in your dreams, your visions, your actions-and you'll find out what they are after you have passed them.
----Joseph Campbell