I have always been interested in art, however, it was not until I worked towards my Psychology Degree and minored in art that I actually took any art classes. When my youngest daughter was in first grade, I volunteered to teach her art class. I started an art/craft business cutting animated figures out of wood and painting them. I created, painted and sold children’s wall plaques for eleven years. I started as a vendor in arts and crafts shows from 1973 to 1984; throughout Texas. Eventually I started selling my plaques, grow charts, mobiles, etc. to stores and opened the market via a sales rep in five states. Now, I cannot remember a time when I was not creating some form of art from acrylic paintings, watercolors, pen and ink paintings, quilts, ribbon bookmarks, and now mandalas.
I was introduced to mandalas during my first year at Southwestern College; working towards an MA in Art Therapy/Counseling. Mandala’s are thousands of years old and used by many religions. Tthe mandala began its journey in the Sanskrit world. The Sanskrit translates “mandala” to the English “circle”; hence you will always find a circular pattern within any type of mandala. I find the mandala as a way to tap into the psyche.
I use the mandala both for individual growth and grounding as well as in groups and with individual clients. The mandala offers an increased understanding of the transformational experience from both a spiritual and psychological prospective. Each mandala gives an energy for both the creater and observer. When a person is drawn to a mandala, it most likely is giving off an energy that the viewer wants, needs, or simply attracts. ~Barbara Moncivais
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