Why was Carl Jung interested in the Eastern practice of creating mandalas?
Jungian Analytical Psychology
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Mandalas are religious artworks created by Buddhist and Hindu monks. Jung was strongly attracted to Eastern religions and viewed the mandala as a symbol of the personality. For Jung and his followers, the structure of the man-dala, with its four corners bound to a central circle, represents the path of personal development. In our personal growth, we strive to unite the opposing forces of our personality (the four corners) into a comprehensive, all-inclusive, self-awareness (the central circle). To gain this awareness, we must turn inward, just as the outer corners of mandala point inward toward the circle.