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Mandala Chakra

Awaken the One Within (Revised 2017)

By Laural Virtues Wauters

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Format: Paperback, 114 pages
Other Information: colour illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 September 2012
Mandala Chakra is a guided journey of self-discovery and wholeness. The seven-chakra system serves as an internal map as you travel through through seven perceptual states. Written words and 49 hand-drawn mandalas guide you on an epic adventure of reconnection and inner awakening. Concepts such as nature's archetypes, sacred geometry, platonic solids, world belief, consciousness and infinite oneness come to life as you see how they are held within us. The words "mandala" and "chakra" are Sanskrit (ancient language of India) words meaning circle or wheel. Circles represent both the infinite world they contain and the beginning point of creation. The concept of a chakra or "cakra" originated when Hindu yogis sensed invisible wheels of energy within their energy/subtle body during deep meditation. The word yoga means, "to yoke with spirit." Yogis toned vocal sounds (mantras) to improve their flow of life force energy (prana) through channels (nadis) within their subtle body. As they chanted, they sensed how different mantras helped them reach various levels of consciousness. These mantras evolved into visual yantras or circular geometric drawings used for meditation. This practice gave way to the creation of personal mandalas as a tool for daily meditative practice. As the popularity of yoga grew, unique mantras, yantras and mandalas were created for each chakra. They provided a visual way for people to connect their emotional/energy body with their physical body. As one practices this process you can see how emotions are held within the body. During the mid 20th Century, Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Jung (1875-1961) was working to understand the separation of the conscious and unconscious self. He saw how the traumas of war and abuse of power had created a sense of separation between the psyche and the soul. He pioneered radical new ways to view the human psyche. Jung felt that the psyche was "by nature religious," which sought the meaning of life and death. He believed that the human psyche individuated or separated the self from the soul, in search of its unique purpose or path in life. Yet, during this quest, the psyche's ultimate goal was to feel whole. When Jung experienced circular images during his dreams he felt compelled to draw them. He sensed they were helping him heal his trauma caused by WWI & WWII. Jung was curious about what these mysterious circles meant and from where they originated. Fascinated by their ability to tap into his unconscious, he discovered that he was subconsciously connecting with the mandalas of India. This inspired Jung to develop his theory of archetypes and their impact on the collective unconscious. He saw trees as the archetype of the psyche's journey toward wholeness and mandalas as the archetype of wholeness itself. Fascinated by the number seven, Laural learned how it was seen as sacred based on the: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. Early astronomers identified them as "Heavenly Lamps" or "Seven Sages." This inspired the creation of a seven-day week held within a solar year. As lunar and star calendars were displaced, their wisdom became a mystery that was forbidden to understand. When the fear of knowledge shut the door to learning, the mind disconnected from the soul and its own true nature. Laural studied the cross-cultural stories of the Tree of Life and began to see how the wisdom and the wounds are held within us. Laural believed that by merging ancient wisdom with science and Jungian psychology, she could create pathways for the psyche and soul to reconnect as one. Sensing that everything was interconnected, Laural drew seven series of seven mandalas that captured the archetypal wisdom held within the subconscious self. She has visualized a way to connect the dots by creating a journey within for awakening ones personal consciousness as well as the collective soul. For more information: www.mandalachakra.com

About the Author

Laural Virtues Wauters is a visionary artist and writer who gently encourages us to connect with our personal and collective history by seeing the past, present and future as one healing story. With a deep understanding of how everything is interrelated she weaves nature, art, history, science and spirituality together to awaken the one within. Bio: As a child in her native Germany, Laural experienced a series of mystical encounters with a tree spirit that inspired her to wonder about everything. When Laural accidentally discovered she was adopted her inquisitive and sensitive nature longed for connection and purpose. After 9/11, she felt compelled to untangle the shared roots of world belief from 40,000 BCE to present day. She soon realized how the illusion of separation coincided with man's disconnection from nature and the rise of western thought. Intrigued by trees as a universal symbol Laural studied the mythical Tree of Life, and the mystical path of the soul. She was intrigued to learn that psychologist Carl Jung identified trees as the archetype of the human psyche and mandalas as the archetype of wholeness. This inspired Laural to understand the archetypal significance of the number seven. She saw sacred geometry as a progression of seven images that could be aligned within the chakras. This insight provided the vision for Mandala Chakra as Laural continued searching for ways to demonstrate how our chakras are multi-dimensional mandalas of wholeness. On 7/7/7, Laural left her 25-year career in advertising, as agency president/creative director, to pursue her soul's calling. She traveled back to Frankfurt, Germany to connect with the message of the tree spirit she received as a child, "to help people understand each other better." Before she could help others, she focused on healing her personal story. Laural used writing as a way to heal her life and to explore the depths of her soul. In 2015, she published: The Guardian Tree - the true story of Carmen Sylvia. Laural is a graduate of the Four Winds - Healing the Light Body School of Shamanic Energy Medicine as well as a misa carrier in the Andean tradition. She is a certified mandala facilitator through Dr. Judith Cornell (Rajita Sivananda), author of Mandala - Luminous Symbols for Healing. For more information visit: www.lauralwauters.com

EAN: 9780615689029
ISBN: 0615689027
Publisher: Seven Earthly Virtues LLC
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 0.89 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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