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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quest Books; 2nd edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0835608476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835608473
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mandala (Sanskrit for circle), a sacred form in Navajo and Tibetan Buddhist ritual practice is, for cancer survivor Cornell, the embodiment and focal point of the healing power of light and energy. Billing her approach as a "convergence of Eastern and Western thought," Cornell, artist, seasoned workshop leader and founder/director of Manifesting Inner Light of Sausalito, Calif., provides a series of step-by-step exercises for healing through the creation of, and meditations upon, mandalas. This "convergence" comprises free, largely decontextualized borrowing from some non-Judeo-Christian religious traditions as well as ideas inspired by quantum physics, coupled with usually banal criticisms of Western paradigms and, conversely, a facile glorification of Eastern thought. The result will appeal to those who are beginning to dabble in alternative spiritual practice and/or those seeking to intensify internal experiences through a tactile and intuitive, rather than an intellectual, approach. Over 300 photographs and illustrations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing is a striking, full-color art book with beautiful color plates (50) and illustrations (50). Judith Cornell shows readers how to use the sacred mandala symbol as a self-transformative tool that manifests and enhances spiritual consciousness. Cornell guides readers through simple art exercises, incorporating meditation and guided visualizations, leading to the creation of powerful works of sacred art and opening the potential for dramatic healing. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Judith Cornell Ph.D. is the award-winning author of MANDALA:Luminous Symbols for Healing. Since a radical awakening in 1979, she began pioneering a method to help others to awaken and heal at the deepest levels. Her method blends the sacred art and the spiritual science of the mandala with theories in quantum physics, raja and kundalini yoga, and transpersonal psychology.

Dr. Cornell is a classically trained yogini of the Hindu non-dual Saivite tradition. She is founder and director of Mandala Facilitation Trainings. Her life is dedicated to giving webinars, retreats and workshops that support awakening of one's true Self.

She is also the author of The Mandala Healing Kit, Amma: Healing the Heart of the World and Drawing the Light from Within.

For more information visit her website www.mandala-universe.com

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The beauty of the mandalas pictured in the book intimidated me because it had been so many years since I'd created any art.
N. H. Turner
It includes good explanations of the spiritual work that can be involved during the process of drawing mandalas.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By N. H. Turner on August 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
The beauty of the mandalas pictured in the book intimidated me because it had been so many years since I'd created any art. I didn't think I could do it. But I did it and I'm extremely grateful to Judith Cornell for writing this book. Working on the exercises at home, alone, is not the same experience as it would be in a group. The group can offer a creative support level that helps each individual surpass previous achievements. However, I'm so happy with the mandalas I created as a result of these exercises that I've put each one up on the wall. And, even more important, I've continued to draw. No more creative blocks for me!
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing, by Judith Cornell, is absolutely the most incredibly beautiful book I've ever held in my hands. Holding and looking at it, even before reading, is like a sacred experience. Is it the beauty of the lay-out and illustrations? The very real spiritual impact of the mandalas presented, both historical and contemporary? A moment of healing even in the first moment's gasp of awe while browsing its pages? One even begins to caress its binding. One of my favorite activities now is to present it to friends and watch their faces--their eyes pop open, their jaws drop in amazement--and hear the quick intake of breath as its color begins to radiate into their awareness. Beyond the first impression, reading took me to awesome depths and insights regarding ultimate reality, syntheses I'd previously long puzzled. Don't miss this dazzling yet holy experience. Look, read, and practice the simple yet brilliant art-as-at-one-ment exercises for the depth of your life.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Barrett Kennedy on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
Last year I used this book as a resource for a special high school art unit that I developed entitled "Sacred Circles." In addition to learning about circular artwork in various cultures and world religions, students used Judith's beautiful illustrations and step by step guides to create mandalas of their own. (...) This is a book that I still have available in my classroom and students continue to refer to it (independently!) to advance their drawing techniques. SO glad I bought this!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most comprehensive and beautiful mandala books I have come across. Well above many of the other mandala books on the market. Anyone can enjoy and gain from this book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I did a week long workshop in 1994 with Judith, using the techniques in this book. People in the workshop had profound healing experiences. Set aside a weekend and have some fun!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Inez on June 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I liked this book. The illustrations are fantastic. It includes good explanations of the spiritual work that can be involved during the process of drawing mandalas. It focuses primarily on the role and image of light. Everything is done on black paper. The guides for making your own mandalas are good. The instructions for shading and the use of color are very helpful. It helped me understand that not all mandalas rely on a geometric form. If you decide to use colors, do what the book suggests and spend the extra money to get the pencils listed. It's a spectacular difference in the end product.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bandazar VINE VOICE on January 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book appeals more to the right brain than to left brain folks I think. If you're looking for a book that is chock full of esoteric knowledge, then look elsewhere. This book is good for teaching people a way to create mandalas in a spiritual context. Specifically it introduces you to what materials to use, meditations and affirmations to do before you create your mandala, and examples of color and shading. Don't get me wrong, there is some esoteric knowledge in here - it's just not as concentrated as in other books and what is there can be found elsewhere on the web or in other books, in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Gibb on February 22, 2013
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Mandala is perhaps the most beautiful and awe-inspiring instructional art book I have ever used. I was introduced to Judith Cornell's work in 1993 and worked with her in week long groups at various art centers over the next seven years. She was a powerful teacher with great spiritual insight and wisdom. As a fine artist, she brought her art training to an area that had been long neglected as a serious art form in the West. Her teaching methods were stepped out in an articulate, elegant progression which made it possible for almost anyone to experience success in creating personally meaningful and beautiful mandalas. Each group art-making session was begun with a period of meditation in which the image to be created would (hopefully) arise. Days spent with Judith were days of rich, creative silence in which inner images were brought into being in a soft, spiritual setting. All of this is captured in her exceptionally beautiful book, Mandala. A reader of this book could easily acquire the few materials needed to begin a study of mandala creation following Judith's directions. The best way to use this book would be with two or three friends in a
small group. As to the complaints by other reviewers about the black paper on which the mandalas are drawn, this was Judith's shortcut for beginning artists who knew nothing about "values" in art making. By having her students make an under painting in white pencil on black paper and then adding the color in a delicate second layer, she taught them values as well as providing an experiential process of bringing forth light out of darkness. Without any formal art training I was able to reverse the process later on with white paper, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on white paper. The black paper is simply a beginning step.
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