From Wendy Morrell, President of The Sacred Dance Guild.
The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.
Most mandalas are visual representations with beautiful and intricate colours and shapes. In 2014, at the Weaving Webs of Light event in Ottawa, Canada, the Sacred Dance Guild created a Moving Mandala using our human bodies to actualize the conceptual circle of mandala in and as community. Moved to the amazing musical soundscape – Mandala 7 by Evren Celimli – this piece calls us from ancient times to the deepest reaches of the soul.
In May 2015, as part of the Sacred Dance Journey to Bali co-sponsored by the Sacred Danced Guild, we are deeply moved to be able to share this mandala with participants of “Dancing the Sacred Wheel of Life”. Carl Jung wrote that the mandala is a “representation of the unconscious self”. As we move the mandala together physically, we will make self conscious unifying with the unconscious and in so doing create a personal and collective communion. The resulting harmony, which we so hunger for in our world today, emanates out from the center of the mandala and encompasses all.
We are also humbled to be able to share a Mandala Movement with the children at the Children’s Learning Center ”Yayasan Widya Guna” in Bedulu, an Indonesian no-profit where Balinese children can receive a good start in life. Orphans, the disabled and other children needing a helping hand are provided education, housing, food and a support net. We look forward to expanding our movement community to embrace the children at Yahasan Widya Guna.