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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (October 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Every once in a while a book appears which, right away, becomes a 'classic' in its field. Until it gets into print, we don't realize how much it has been needed, because there has been nothing available to remind us that there is a gap in the existing literature. Such a book is Susanne F. Fincher's Creating Mandalas."—Journal of the American Art Therapy Association



"A wonderful fusion of ancient and contemporary observations and wisdom."—Peter London, author of No More Secondhand Art



"Susanne Fincher's practical guide gathers European, African, Eastern, Native American, and other mythological perspectives and blends them with Jungian theory and her personal experience. This anatomy of the mandala will be useful to artists, therapists, and others who enter the magic circle."—Shaun McNiff, Professor of Expressive Therapy, Lesley College, and author of Art As Medicine

About the Author

<style> </style>Susanne F. Fincher, MA, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Board Certified Art Therapist, and an internationally known expert using mandala-making for self-exploration. Through her workshops on creativity, people are able to engage their inner resources for insight, healing, and self-expression. Visit her web site at www.creatingmandalas.com.  

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Susanne F. Fincher is an art therapist with more than twenty-five years experience guiding the personal growth of adults. Through her workshops on creativity, people are able to engage their inner resources for insight, healing, and self-expression. Susanne has written several books on mandalas, circular designs that evoke wholeness. She maintains a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "alabasterwoman" on January 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book AFTER I had done several mandalas in an art therapy class. I was amazed by the insight of the author into art (and mandalas) as a healing & exploratory tool, and by the extra dimensions Fincher's writing helped me to find in my art work. Using her book as a guide, I'm continuing to create mandalas... and am using her research to augment the interpretation of my OTHER artworks as well. I highly reccommend this book -- especially to folks who want to access and improve upon the instinctive, artistic side of their nature but fear that they "don't know how to draw". You'll find, using Fincher's book, that sometimes simply WHERE you put a blob of color on a piece of paper, and WHAT color you're using is far more important than whether or not you've drawn something that looks "perfect" or "realistic". If you want to learn more about YOURSELF, buy this book. It's a fabulous and fun tool!
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Marshall R. Hudson-knapp on March 7, 2002
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I met Suzanne Fincher at a conference sponsored by Journey into Wholeness some fifteen years ago. I did not know it but I was in the first round of a fight for life: midlife crisis. My old life was crumbling before my eyes, and I went to Suzanne's workshop on making mandalas. We drew a circle and used crayons to just let things happen. Somehow, again without my knowing it until later, all the floating pieces of my life found a place within this circle called a mandala. It gave me a profound sense of peace, AND as I learned from Suzanne's teaching and this book, about how to work with my mandalas, they have provided me - throughout the years - a powerful vision for what is happening within me. I have shared this book with small groups and classes and people seeking wholeness and healing for many years with great blessing to each person who worked with it, and I continue to recommend it as the best single resource for mandalas, and a pivotal resource for sensing the moves of the Spirit within us. Suzanne's other book, Coloring Mandalas, is a delightful coloring book that offers many diverse models of mandalas representing places on the great round of the mandala.
One of the encouraging dimensions of regular creation of mandalas is the opportunity to see "progress" or movement within our lives when we are going through changes. I remember encouraging a friend to draw mandalas one time when they felt very alone and lost.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
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There is a lot of information in this book, presented in an easy to read style. It explains the history of mandalas and the practical use of them. The text has headings on colours, symbols and numbers that appear commonly in mandalas when people create them. The text also has headings on the form or design of the mandala. Under the headings, the author draws on her own extensive research and insights to explain how each colour, symbol and number and form can be interpreted.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Shalizeh on March 9, 2002
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this book gives an overview on how to understand mandalas. I was looking for a book on creating them and teach students how to create them. This book is all words no pictures so if you are a teacher and want to teach students how to develop them this is not the book. If you want to understand mandalas and how they are used, this is the right book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lily Bhattacharya on May 6, 2010
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I loved this book. Author S. Fincher is dedicated to Mandalas and healing with them. My friend a naturopath introduced me to this. I was intrigued and then discovered that the doodling we all do -had meaning if we interpret it with Mandala interpretation guidelines! It tells whats going on with you currently and well as what to expect next on your spiritual path/life path.
It is a useful tool for healing in therapy, or if your clients are inclined towards art. I am a psychologist and I use creative methods as well as deal with young children aged 3 and up and this came in very handy. If you are trying to heal your aura, or gain new perspective, mandala healing should help according to the author. I agree based on my experience.
There is a section that discusses shapes and common objects (hand, tree, heart, lightening bolt) in mandalas as well as number patterns like 1-12 and what that could mean for someone. Very informative and is a great technique for introducing your clients to so they can use this at home to cope when access to a therapist is limited. Stories of personal transformation are included as well as examples of mandalas.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Beaubriand on October 18, 2010
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This book was a big disappointment. No pictures, no instruction, very dry writing. If you are a Jung fan and just want a schooling in his theories on mandalas this book would suit you
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rose VINE VOICE on April 12, 2004
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Susanne Fincher brings you a wonderful, comprehensive and easy to understand book on creating Mandalas and the meaning behind them. This gem of a book explains how to create a Mandala as a reflection of yourself; Creating and Interpreting the meaning behind your Mandala; What each color means in the Mandala; Using numbers and forms. In the section on "The Great Round of Mandala Forms" there is a wonderful paragraph that will better help you understand how much this form of art therapy can help you heal, it states: "A healthy connection between the ego and Self is very important if one is to be a fully functioning person. It is this linkage that is forged by the individuation process."

In this wonderful book's preface, Susanne shares that Mandalas are widely used by cultures around the world, such as Tibetan Buddhism, and Native American cultures. She genuinely shares how creating her own Mandala helped her to feel better while suffering through the death of a child. She shares how she uses Mandalas with individuals and groups in art therapy.

On a personal note, I learned that if you create a Mandala with the wish or intention for something in your life to come about, and look at it every day, it WILL manifest in your life. I actually tried this, and much to my delightful surprise, what I wanted did come about within a week.

Whether you want to create Mandalas for fun, healing, manifesting, art therapy, or just the joy of creative self-expression, this is one of the best books I have found on the subject.

Highly recommended!
Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Know Yourself: A Woman's Guide to Wholeness, Radiance & Supreme Confidence and Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE
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