The word "Mandala" is loosely translated from Sanskrit as "Circle"
The drawn mandala is thought to represent wholeness - of the universe, of the individual, of the spirit, and of the psyche.
Drawing a mandala allows you to engage in a tactile and visual experience that provides a "snapshot" into your current emotional state.
Frequently, the simple process of putting color to paper then discussing what emerged can be incredibly cathartic and healing. It can also provide you with a glimpse into areas of your life you may want to work on with your therapist in future sessions.
Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI)
The MARI Card Test is a non-verbal assessment instrument designed by art therapist Joan Kellogg to gain insights into a client’s current psychological, relationships, and physical issues. Based on the work of Carl Jung, the MARI Assessment and the Drawn Mandala are innovative, creative, and expressive tools that provide diagnostic information and can also be used to reinforce and track client progress. Working with the client in discussing the results, the MARI can help provide insight and connections into areas of the client’s life they were previously avoiding.