You can learn how to draw mandalas for healing, personal growth and intuitive insights - even if you're no good at drawing or have no experience with this kind of thing.
But before I show you how, I want to say that there are actually LOTS of different kinds of mandalas, and I wish there was another term for this style of art, because calling them mandalas feels appropriative to me. What I am talking about here are mandalas as in circular drawings which represent sacred wholeness, not Buddhist Mandalas.
In this way, a mandala can actually be anything. I used to do creativity workshops where we made healing mandalas which were a simple circle drawn on a sheet of paper, filled in with collage elements to represent you personal healing journey. There are many, many ways to work with mandalas.
This is a tutorial for how to draw mandalas for people who can't draw.
Of course people who CAN draw are welcome to play along 😉
This tutorial is:
- SIMPLE - you'll be able to start drawing these mandalas before you even finish reading this page
- EFFECTIVE - this is a creative process that WILL yield inner results
Learning how to draw mandalas is actually less about drawing more about slowing down, being present, and opening up to your inner creative/intuitive flow.
You'll be doing simple lines and shapes that anyone can do - and it doesn't matter if your lines are crooked 😉
Pretty much ALL of my mandalas end up being kind of wobbly - that's part of their charm AND it's part of how I get the inner benefits of drawing mandalas - the healing, personal growth and intuitive insight part.
Drawing mandalas is a simple, reflective, repetitive creative practice is super good for your brain, your heart and your soul.
How To Draw Mandalas. Even if you can't draw:
We'll start with a uber-simple little Mandala so you can see how it works:
- Draw a small circle.
- Think of it as a compass. Add triangles that point to North, South, East and West.
- Add triangle points in between North, South, East and West. Now you've got 8 spaces to play with... these are your 8 Slices Of Pie.
- Add a circle to the end of each triangle. Now you're starting to see how it works...
- Keep building it! Every time you add something to your Mandala, add it to each of the 8 Slices Of Pie. You can add circles, domes, triangles, squares, lines, waves and outlines... and play with different ways of doing circles, domes, triangles, squares, lines, waves and outlines. You can also make up secret symbols, totally break the rules or do anything else you want to do - it's YOUR Mandala.
This is just to get you started. Of course once you've got the hang of you, you'll choose which shapes to put where.
Or watch this longer video where I show you how to draw mandalas in detail:
The most important thing to know about how to draw a mandala for healing, personal growth and intuitive insights is to LISTEN.
Because drawing Mandalas isn't actually about drawing!
Drawing mandala is about connecting - deeply - to your inner wisdom and creative flow. Listening to what shape to put where and how to repeat it IS an intuitive practice.
It's about learning to be more intuitive and building paths so your intuition can send you messages and advice when you need it.
This is a practice that supports you in learning how to LIVE more in tune with your unique creative flow.
And it's about expressing what's going on inside you. Some days I draw angry mandalas or sleepy mandalas... but they always give me exactly the message I need to hear.
It doesn't matter what your mandalas look like - your mandalas will help you.
Of course, you need to practice drawing mandalas while listening to your inner voice.
And you need to practice a lot before you can expect to receive consistent helpful messages from your mandalas.
Practice staying present with your process. Practice listening to your inner wisdom about what to do next with your mandala. Practice noticing what FEELS right as you draw and colour.
As you practice, you'll learn how to receive (and, over time, understand!) the message behind your mandala and how it can help bring you whatever it is you need right now: healing, comfort, insights or brilliant flashes of inspiration.
All of that will NOT happen immediately - that comes with practice.
You know how amazing it is when you get just the right message at just the right time and the feeling is so electric the little hairs on your arms stand up?
I get that feeling ALL THE TIME from drawing mandalas.
I receive healing, personal growth and intuitive insights from drawing mandalas because I practice all the time.
It might take some time before you mandala practice really "clicks".
But hang in there!
I was going to say "there is magic in this practice" but that's not true. There is magic in you.
This practice can help you draw it out.
As I say in the tutorial video: learning how to draw mandalas is really about practicing listening to and acting on your intuitive voice.
And that is probably why you are so drawn to work with mandalas.
You can feel that there's a depth, an opening, a bit of magic in them.
They're not just cute little drawings.
Something deeper is happening. There is something for you here.
Your mandala is the universe speaking to you through your intuitive, creative voice.
I mean how cool is that?
The more you practice, the more clearly that voice will speak through your mandalas