Inspire  Me Mandala

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Shabeena on the Art Form of the Mandala

A Slideshow of Hand-drawn Mandalas using Colored Pencils

  • The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
    Abundance of Autumn
  • The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
    Abundance of Springtime
  • The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
    Abundance of Summertime
  • The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
    Abundance (Sweet)
  • The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
    Abundance of Wintertime
  • Alignment
    Alignment
  • Asension
    Asension
  • Bloom
    Bloom
  • This unique mandala of four has a light; airy and delicate feel achieved by the open center and clean background, allowing some “breathing room”.  The edges have a wonderful softness as they go in and out.  The outer shape has no distinct outline.  Notice the details in each flower and leaf.  Number four lends the stability and security in this mandala.  The calmness of the greens and the depth and expanse of the crisp blues is balanced by the warmth and brilliance of yellows, oranges and reds symbolizing growth, creativity and life.
    Breath of Life
  • This delightful mandala is centered on a violet spiral, a universal symbol of spiritual journey, growth, expansion, evolution and changing perspectives. On this spiral rest six brilliant golden leaves bordered by pink, which represents the acts and expression of compassion, balance, sincerity, love, truth, and harmony.  These are encompassed by a golden circle of prosperity and health that expands and flourishes, aspiring to greater heights of success, with revelation into joy, abundance, celebration and fulfillment of paradise.
    Celebrate
  • Cherish (Blue)
    Cherish (Blue)
  • Eight divisions radiate outward from center tenderly holding and nurturing the precious pearls, a representation of our cherished ones.  There’s strength, harmony, interconnectedness, spiritual energy, balance, love warmth, stability and much more. This mandala of eight glows with light, energy, brilliance, and is full of life.
    Cherish (Mulitcolor)
  • A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.
    Chrysanthemum
  • A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.
    Clarity of Autumn
  • A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.  A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.
    Clarity of Springtime
  • A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.
    Clarity of Summertime
  • A multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of almost dynamic levels of heart-shaped petals draws you in immediately with the intensity and complexity of this mandala of eight.  The green color balances the power of this energy, and represents health, growth, and imagination, combined with turquoise in the center, or core for stability and balance.  Chrysanthemum means “gold flower”, and holds the intention of a life of ease.
    Clarity of Wintertime
  • Promotes deeper understanding of how we fit into the larger world around us by exploration of our spiritual evolution and interconnectedness on many levels.  It brings gentle awareness of our surroundings and encourages us to reach out of our everyday existence, and pursue the truth and genuine purpose in life. This mandala of six exudes honesty, patience and loyalty. The spiral in the center allows active participation and fulfillment.
    Consciousness
  • With a compass in the center that desires guidance on the true path, this vibrant mandala of eight evokes a strong connection with nature for renewal.  It is evocative of compassion, health and wellness, and speaks of the winding path that leads us to where we ought to be in our spiritual journey.  The warm gold and copper speak of the Midas touch where endeavors turn to success and everlasting prosperity.  The same rhythm in nature is present in this mandala, which looks like an octagonal shaped bagwa used in feng shui, (a Chinese system of geomancy) to balance and protect the flow of energy in nature. The lotus can be seen here as a symbol of purity, wisdom and enlightenment.
    Divine Guidance
  • Energy
    Energy
  • This special mandala is created using complex geometry and is packed with symbolism.  Because it is hand drawn, two parallel lines had to be drawn to create an open channel to form the border around the stars.  The energy and enlightenment in the center therefore seems to flow freely throughout, and softly connect the circle of stars all around.  There are elements of three throughout this mandala, which represent the past, present and future; mind, body and spirit; earth, wind and fire.  This mandala is about strength (tree, ocean waves, mountains), beauty, balance and harmony.
    Enlightenment
  • This dynamic mandala draws you into the rhythmic movement of the surface waves and carries you into the profound depths and stillness of the infinite.  The paisley represents growth, health and vibrancy, along with other images that represent abundance, energy, strength, truth, harmony and grace.
    Flow
  • A bold mandala of six brings out the warmth, movement and dynamic energy of opposites in nature.  The leaves in the middle seem to be flowing inward and out, the circle seems to be moving freely in both directions, clockwise and counterclockwise, simultaneously giving and receiving, moving towards spiritual freedom. While the center is warm and energizing, the outer sphere is calming and cool.  The style is free-flowing without constrictions and rigid structure, while there’s balance, harmony, energy, serenity, and spiritual attainment which is reflected by the spiral in the heart of the mandala.
    Freedom
  • This beautiful mandala of six represents the spirit in connection with other elements that surround and enrich us.  A pink lotus is an important symbol.  Friendship, loyalty, purity and divine connectedness are evoked through this mandala. This symbolic quality is repeated and increased as it moves outward and reaches beyond the boundaries of our worldly existence.  Perfection in nature is evoked by the outside earth-toned border and greenery, and the blue mountains nurture and cradle our world.  (This mandala may be paired with “Prosperity”).
    Freindship
  • Loaded with spiritual symbolism and yet curiously simple at first glance, this mandala of eight represents peace, stability, and harmony among four elements (earth, wind, fire, and water) without which we could not exist.  Each element is essential for balance of energies.  The lotus is a powerful symbol of purity, wisdom, prosperity, etc. The lotuses in the mandala gently interconnect to unite the elements evoking gratitude for our world…the place that nurtures and sustains us.
    Gratitude
  • These mandala features warm and cool colors combined with geometric and organic shapes to achieve an inspiring balance of creativity and structure.  Loaded with symbolism, a compass is found at the core of this mandala of eight for guidance. The warm colors speak of the strength and courage to follow that path. Leaves of the rowan tree stand for beauty and power of endurance, clarity of thought, power of expression, healing, transformation, and deep connection to divinity. Sunflowers represent spiritual attainment, and the bordering squares represent stability, dependability, strength and structure.
    Inspire Me
  • This wonderful mandala celebrates the joy of life.  It evokes a sense of support, foundation and protection via the arches; there is love and harmony represented by the intertwining greenery and warm colors near the core.  Among other symbolism, such as the joy of music shown through the piano keys, this mandala exudes compassion, laughter, unity, love for the world and deep, everlasting bliss.
    Joy
  • A pink rose symbolizes love, appreciation and gratitude, and with this mandala of seven it draws the magical and mysterious powers along with grace, elegance, and timeless devotion.  This mandala is beautifully balanced with depth of color represented not only in each individual rose, but its various components and use of sacred geometry.  The leaves represent health and everlasting joy.
    Kindness
  • This is an exciting and enigmatic mandala since the subject is hidden from us awaiting discovery through patience and persistence.  We see it unfold and suddenly its full form becomes visible and we’re aware of how all the elements fit together to complete the picture.  The number seven is associated with mystery, learning and awareness.
    Mystery
  • This mandala of seven is about seeking knowledge, mystery and strong intuition. Elements of strength are shown as magnificent old growth trees, which have humble beginnings as tiny seeds.  As I created this mandala, I realized that a seed and a droplet of water have the same shape, and both are symbolic of life itself. Strength and success are represented by repetition and balance throughout the mandala.  Tiny seeds that contain everything necessary to transform into majestic trees evolve and blossom into love, peace and bliss while nurtured and protected by faith and patience.
    New Beginnings
  • The oak leaves in this mandala speak of strength, endurance, shelter, and protection.  The acorn in the center represents hope.  The dark outline that surrounds the powerful core symbolizes healing, health and echoes medicinal properties of the oak tree whose bark was once used as antiseptic and astringent.  The mandala protects and nurtures your potential to rise to new heights and launch on a spiritual journey of manifestation and realization.
    Nurture
  • This warm mandala is embraced by beauty, abundance and tenderness.  It moves and flows with the grace of music and bows with grace and elegance.  It is balanced and in complete harmony, full of love, life and laugher.
    One with Life
  • This special mandala symbolizes dynamic energy and vibration moving outwards from its core, and then returning fully charged and equally powerful.  There is a dark, quiet strength that protects the core and an undefined, but recognized spirit that shines through, reaching and deeply touching all those who come into contact.  This mandala symbolizes passion, warmth, inner strength and energy.
    Passion
  • This special mandala symbolizes dynamic energy and vibration moving outwards from its core, and then returning fully charged and equally powerful.  There is a dark, quiet strength that protects the core and an undefined, but recognized spirit that shines through, reaching and deeply touching all those who come into contact.  This mandala symbolizes passion, warmth, inner strength and energy.
    Passion (Turquoise)
  • A universal symbol of peace, seven white doves carry a single pink flower to represent compassion and understanding.  A lotus in the center is the highest symbol for perfection, purity, wisdom and much more.  The purple shows nobility of heart and action, backed by the warmth and power of the sun, green brings healing energy, while blue shows clear, heartfelt communication.  This lovely mandala of seven holds magical significance and spiritual attainment.
    Peace
  • Extends and rises beyond previous boundaries reaching outward to explore and grow and find new horizons.  At times softness and tenderness are the qualities expressed, and at other times, persistence and strength are predominant, but always through a perfect balance and in complete harmony.  This mandala is dynamic, captivating, fluid, and ever evolving.
    Personal & Spiritual Growth
  • This mandala is designed to inspire and motivate one’s intention and brings it into clear focus.  The mandala changes, as does our consciousness.  Different aspects in our lives become apparent as we become still and allow our hearts to see the world around us.  As one focuses on this mandala, powerful symbols such as hearts, tulips, paisleys, spheres, and lotuses come into focus.  The colors utilized are significant and relate to the truth and personal intentions.  Notice how it changes when viewed from a distance.
    Power of Intenttion
  • A powerful mandala of seven exudes warmth and grace.  It reaches out beyond the limits and gently supports our world and draws the ever-expanding joy and spiritual wealth inwards and then generously shares it on many dimensions.  This mandala has high levels of vibration and invites great lasting joy.
    Prosperity
  • Delicate, waves, or feather-like qualities with implied gentle, graceful movement that reaches outward.  It surrounds and protects that which lies in the heart of this mandala of five.  It is organic in shape reminiscent of health, growth and wellness.  It exudes soft elegance and a quiet strength.
    Protection
  • Delicate, waves, or feather-like qualities with implied gentle, graceful movement that reaches outward.  It surrounds and protects that which lies in the heart of this mandala of five.  It is organic in shape reminiscent of health, growth and wellness.  It exudes soft elegance and a quiet strength.
    Protection (Multicolor)
  • Butterflies are a powerful symbol of transformation.  In this mandala of seven, the butterflies are same, yet unique.  It is a mandala of the crown chakra, which is considered the source of the highest energy.  This mandala represents freedom, enlightenment, purity and wisdom.
    Purity
  • This mandala of five is dedicated to the mysteries of the heavens and extends gratitude for earth’s bounties. It brings serenity and aids in centering our energies and invites balance in our world, regaining harmony with our surroundings. It represents generosity and graceful acceptance of the gifts of the universe.
    Reconnect
  • This intricate handmade mandala with eighteen radial divisions contains sacred geometry and contains the desire to reach for the infinite.  It holds energies that are well balanced and harmonious.  It has the warmth of the sun, serenity of water, creativity, growth, abundance, and strives for inner peace and deep, everlasting joy.  It exhibits elements that are strongly unified and integrated with its core by the energy and focus that seem to ripple and pulse inwards and outwards.  This mandala is a deep reflection of our complexities, connections and rejoices in our beauty, mystery and individuality.  It is pure joy!
    Reflection of Self
  • This intricate handmade mandala with eighteen radial divisions contains sacred geometry and contains the desire to reach for the infinite.  It holds energies that are well balanced and harmonious.  It has the warmth of the sun, serenity of water, creativity, growth, abundance, and strives for inner peace and deep, everlasting joy.  It exhibits elements that are strongly unified and integrated with its core by the energy and focus that seem to ripple and pulse inwards and outwards.  This mandala is a deep reflection of our complexities, connections and rejoices in our beauty, mystery and individuality.  It is pure joy!
    Reflection of Self (Blue)
  • This mandala shows the evolution, expansion and unfolding of our temporary spiritual state into a state of full and complete wholeness, in harmony with the universe.  This mandala of five holds the realization of how we’re all unique, interconnected and ways in which we contribute to the enriching experiences in others’ lives.  This mandala shows various dimensions of our spirituality and focuses on inner beauty and compassion with connection to the earth.
    Rejuvenate
  • This mandala speaks of love that’s gentle, understanding and ever-present without overpowering.  There is a strong, recharging and nurturing connection to nature. The same rhythm that flows through earth pulses through this mandala.  It speaks of the incorruptible and un-tarnishing qualities of gold where the ideas and work transform into gold. The enlightenment, intuition and wisdom are blossoming, unfolding and flowing in order to find the right path—following their truth. There is a coming together of family, community, and beyond.  This powerful mandala speaks of the mysteries and rewards gained from intuition, creative energy, and wisdom through the journey of life.
    Reward
  • This vibrant mandala honors the energy fields in our bodies known as chakras. The mandala holds these energy centers in layers of harmony and balance with the universe.  Deep within the core lies the brow chakra of intuition, and is surrounded by various energy fields associated with unique characteristics and powers within us to maintain that balance, good health, and harmony.
    Sacred Chakras
  • Not limited to our biological ties, this mandala honors special spirits in our lives and speaks of so many qualities represented by the various elements.  This balanced mandala of four shows constancy, loyalty, support and reliability.  The ten layers show a higher state of consciousness, everlasting abundance and prosperity.  Other elements such as flowers and greenery represent kindness, compassion, health, healing and growth while the soft colors speak of communication, tenderness, freedom, joy, and lightheartedness.
    Sisterhood
  • This wonderful mandala of six elephants represents quiet strength.  These qualities of inner strength, responsibility, sincerity and harmony are symbolized by the six unique elephants joined in a circle of unity and strength for closeness of family and community, poise, love, peace, and grace. The blue and white in the background radiate outward from the center evoking truth and enlightenment.  Each elephant is protected by powerful colors, and each color has its own special qualities.
    Strength
  • Tranquility
    Tranquility
  • This elegant design symbolizes the deeper truth and intrinsic knowledge represented by the colors.  The particular flowers symbolize spiritual transformation as they evolve from a simple closed shape to a more elaborate and complex one that blossoms and moves without regard to artificial boundaries.  The greenery represents peace, health, joy, harmony and growth.  This mandala is unique since it shows balance without symmetry.
    Transformation
  • The intensity and passion of reds and the warmth of the orange and the depth and purity of gold combine in this powerful mandala of five.  This mandala reflects the beauty, power and richness of true love.  The spirituality and nobility of purple harmonize and balance the vibrancy, clarity and calmness of turquoise.  It is soft and intense simultaneously, drawing you in towards the whites for healing, protection, and blessing.
    True Love
  • Brings the strong intention of the qualities that surround this mandala.  The yin-yang symbol is for balance of polar opposites, and the paisley for growth. Green signifies health, peace, healing, and harmony; pink is the color of kindness, joy, love and unity and the soft color of the background represents protection and creativity.  Roses embody rejuvenation, concentration, balance, and tulips signify spiritual awareness and determination. These are only a few interpretations of colors and symbols.
    Wholeness (Red)
  • Brings the strong intention of the qualities that surround this mandala.  The yin-yang symbol is for balance of polar opposites, and the paisley for growth. Green signifies health, peace, healing, and harmony; pink is the color of kindness, joy, love and unity and the soft color of the background represents protection and creativity.  Roses embody rejuvenation, concentration, balance, and tulips signify spiritual awareness and determination. These are only a few interpretations of colors and symbols.
    Wholeness (Blue)
  • Brings the strong intention of the qualities that surround this mandala.  The yin-yang symbol is for balance of polar opposites, and the paisley for growth. Green signifies health, peace, healing, and harmony; pink is the color of kindness, joy, love and unity and the soft color of the background represents protection and creativity.  Roses embody rejuvenation, concentration, balance, and tulips signify spiritual awareness and determination. These are only a few interpretations of colors and symbols.
    Wholeness (Purple)
  • This intricate, detailed mandala of seven has an organic quality that immediately draws you within its deep core.  It evokes a sense of inner peace, insight, a keen perception of our spirituality, and knowledge of our paths.  The deep greens represent health, abundance and wellness, indigo represents spiritual realization and wisdom that radiates outward; turquoise is known for communication and clarity of thought, and the colors in this mandala are blended with blues and violets which also have special significance.
    Wisdom
The number eight represents abundance, success and wealth. It symbolizes infinity and repetition.  In the center are the seeds that are planted, and from there they flourish and extend beyond the boundaries. Sacred geometry (perfection and proportions in nature) is depicted by symbolism. This mandala demonstrates the number eight in three ways:  It shows eight segments of radial symmetry, eight sections moving outward from the center, and eight levels nested as layers.  Check out other versions of “Abundance” mandalas to see how colors are a powerful influence on our moods and perceptions.
Abundance of Autumn

The most important question to start with is what is a MANDALA? To begin with, the word "mandala" comes from the Indian language, Sanskrit, meaning "circle". This primordial shape symbolizes many qualities such as unity, wholeness, perfection and divinity and has been prevalent in most cultures around the world. The center of the mandala represents our spirit or awareness.

Deeply metaphysical, the creation of each mandala is extremely meaningful. Masters who produce mandalas follow a tradition passed on from generation to generation. So much so with each stroke, color and shape the completed mandala is not only a work of art but truly a part of the artist.  In many ways the most important part of a mandala is not in the finished form, but in its creation. That isn't to say that once created, the mandala loses its value.  The completed mandala truly is a living item that has a healing power.  One only has to take a personal journey following the depths and colors of the mandala.  Its special message is said to speak, bringing clarity, serenity, and peace to a busy mind.

The colors in the mandala are incredibly important, and in themselves have meaning and may relate to the energy centers in our body called "chakras".  And while colors come in various shades and combinations, the base colors themselves contain messages. Some of these most basic interpretations are:

  • Red is an energy color for life and healing evoking fire and deep burning emotions.  It speaks of action.
  • Orange colors show the most warmth, intensity and fire.  A prideful color, it adds self awareness. 
  • Yellow almost obviously is the color of light, warmth and the sun. As such, it is a source of light.  
  • Green color in countless shades are part of nature and represent health, growth and renewal. Green also relates to the heart chakra along with pink.  
  • Blue expresses unfailing love, serenity and relaxation.  It is a calming color full of compassion and depth. Turquoise blue represents truth, articulation and communication relating to the throat chakra.
  • With purple we have a color of life, vivid in intensity, it represents royalty and authority as well as intuition.
  • White while not technically a color, is a symbol of light, innocence and purity.  It adds clarity to the spiritual experience, and represents divinity.

Of course color is only one facet of the mandala. The shapes inside of a mandala also contain meaning.  Some of the most popular shapes are circles,      spirals, triangles and squares.

  • Flowers as a whole represent our consciousness; however, each type of flower is symbolic of qualities such as wisdom, purity, kindness, perseverance, love, friendship, etc.
  • Spirals convey growth and learning.  They bring a different perspective and represent change.  
  • The triangle is uniquely associated with dreams, goals and vision. 
  • The square is stable and solid, showing security and a foundation of ideas.  The square represents the building process.

This brief understanding of the mandala is by no means complete.  The true meaning of each mandala is specific to the individual.  So I welcome you as you begin your personal journey of enlightenment in the world of the mandala.


Inspire Me Mandalas is based near Seattle, Washington, offering unique, handmade original mandala art in a growing number of media.  

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