The anima, a Jungian concept, is a personification of all feminine psychological tendencies in a man’s psyche and may manifest as vague feelings or moods, prophetic hunches, capacity for personal love, feeling for nature and is directly connected to his relationship to the unconscious. The character of a man’s anima is shaped by his mother….
We seek to steady ourselves with egocentric pursuits in a futile effort to separate from the herd and disappear into it simultaneously…we expand outwardly and separately away from one another, in a constant state of uncontrollable motion and eternal chaos, grasping for one another in the darkness as we furtively conceal ourselves behind masks of guilt, ego and shame. What is it that has you running circles inside your head? Do you even know anymore?
The manner in which we conduct ourselves in relationship to one another when our heads and our hearts are at war is a complicated dance of conscious and subconscious attempts to exert control and manipulate as we each try to get our needs met. When we don’t slow down to assess and openly discuss the truth in our hearts or the battle of wits going on in our heads, we don’t offer one another the chance to truly connect, to truly be accepted for who we are.
From a historical, anthropological and purely aesthetic point of view, the mandala is a complex instrument that has been used for centuries by peoples of various cultures worldwide. Though the use of the mandala, its purpose, meaning, symbolism, and overall aesthetic vary drastically from culture to culture, the underlying intention of the mandala as representation of the self seems to be universal.