technical reasons, the mandalas have been organised
into several, broadly thematic galleries. Click on one of
the mandalas below to go to the gallery named beside it. Once inside
the gallery, click on any mandala to access its own page.
On each mandala’s page, you will also find an evocative text.
These texts have emerged from my own contemplation of the completed
designs in conjunction with their titles.
The titles in some cases derive from another, similarly intuitive
project, in which the mandalas were chosen to illustrate a number
of translations of the poems of the 13th-century Persian mystic,
Jelaladdin Rumi. This earlier process alerted me to some of the
significances lying buried in the designs, somehow brought out by
the words of Rumi. Now I have developed those first intimations
into the texts placed by each mandala.
For the other mandalas, the titles were originally derived from
my response to the completed design. I have then similarly contemplated
the image and its title together, and noted whatever messages seemed
to emerge from this conjunction.
In every case, however, the mandala pre-existed the thoughts and reflections that appear in its accompanying text. All therefore stand alone, and function perfectly well as meditation aids, without such a verbal context. So, while contemplation of a mandala in conjunction with its text may help the intellect and feelings to connect more deeply with the image, this process is not true meditation.
In the latter, the meditator simply allows the design itself to ensnare the eye and the mind, and becomes lost in it for a while, as far as possible without any active thinking happening. As the eye moves towards and away from the centre of the design, or dances around from line to line within the circle, the mind settles, bringing an increasing experience of inner stillness and silence.
Ideally, these mandalas are intended for such meditative use, although the prevalence of web piracy means that, alas, the designs cannot be reproduced large enough here to function fully as meditative aids.
In whichever way they are viewed and used, may mandalas and texts, together or apart, pass on something of the joy and wonder in existence, and the peacefulness that I have felt in creating them.