The Circle and the Mandala


Jung drew mandalas every day for a period of time.  He looked at it as the state of his soul.  He wrote about the circle and the mandala, and how this relates to the magic circle used in folk magic as well as circle structures. It probably also probably inspired Huitzinger’s notion of the magic circle in games.

But there is another circle that this reminds me of – Ba Gua –  also called circle walking. There are many similarities between Ba Gua and Jung’s method as well as their connection to the I Ching. First that comes to mind is that Ba Gua is for people in the second half of life, as often Jungian analysis is said to be.

Analysis in general is a mental activity. When the indian monks came to the shaolin temple and saw how weak the monks were from only meditating.  They could not even stay away or hold a posture for meditation. The Indian monks started teaching them physical exercises – and this is the origin story of kung fu.

Where many contemporary practices fail is that they ignore the body- psychotherapy included. Now I have heard about things like Rolfing and Adler’s orgasmatron device -but I have to do more research.  The failing of all practices today and education in general is the distinction between the mind and the body – because if you cant stay awake while you meditate, you cant meditate at all.

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