I have two great passions, one is the exploration of consciousness the other is the construction of mandalas. In effect these are two sides of the same coin. The first time I saw a mandala was about 25 years ago. A group of Tibetan Monks came to Trinity College Dublin. They spent a week creating a magnificent Kalachakra sand mandala. I was mesmerised by the experience, the colours, the shapes and the sound of the chak purs are as vivid in my memory today as they were all that time ago. It was eight years later in that very same university whilst studying psychology I came across mandalas for a second time. I studied the work of Carl Jung and Stanislav Grof both of whom saw the mandala as a powerful psychotherapeutic tool.
During this time at college I learnt how to meditate and cultivated a strong daily practice. The deeper my meditation experience evolved the more fascinated I became with consciousness and the nature of reality. After graduating from college I studied spiritual enrichment at the Milltown Institute of Theology for two years.
Whilst attending this course I came across the awe inspiring work of Dean Mulroy of www.solasart.org.
I constructed many mandalas with Solas Art and Dean became something of a mandala mentor for me.
He introduced me to the work of Michael Schneider and the majesty of geometry. He also thought me about the beauty of nature’s treasure trove and awakened me to the magic messages encoded in natural materials.
But it is the unspoken lessons on presence that I am most grateful to Dean for. Pursuing my interest in psychology I began training with Stanislav Grof and learning the technique of holotropic breathwork. This practice has brought my experience of consciousness beyond what I ever thought possible. The cartography of the psyche he outlines also resonates more with me than any other model I have come across. The depths of the psyche that I touch when constructing mandalas are similar in tonality to those from breathwork. I have borrowed heavily from the map of consciousness drafted by Stan Grof to navigate my way through the experiences activated whilst constructing mandalas.
But the greatest teachers for me have been the shapes themselves -
back into our prehistory and their origins dwell in the very fabric of what creates the universe itself. Nothing has exposed me to more mystery or opened me to greater depths of inner experience than working with these symbols. The sum total of my seeking, the knowledge gleaned from the courses, workshops of all kinds, powerful peak experiences and exposure to enlightened teachers can be distilled down to one very simple thing.......
Nothing comes close to the experiences that unfold when I am connected to this higher wisdom.
Nothing changes my life more, it frees me from patterns of attachment, opens me to greater depths of feeling, fills me with more gratitude, awakens me to the interconnectivity of existence, provides power in times of challenge, clarity when confusion visits and overwhelming feelings of being protected and loved. It is my view that one minute spent experiencing this higher wisdom will lead to more transformation than reading 100 books or attending 1000 courses. This has become a guiding principal for me, a core value.
It is in this spirit I present mandalanature. It is my wish that through sharing and distributing these shapes that my work will stand to help others open to their inner depths and experience their own mandala nature!
Geoff Fitzpatrick B.A. has studied psychology in Trinity College Dublin, and is a Graduate of the Milltown Institute of Theology where he studied spiritual enrichment. He has an active interest in modern consciousness research and is currently training with Stanislav Grof to become a facilitator of holotropic breathwork. He has been constructing mandalas for 10 years
and is driven to promote the transformative potential of these sacred circles.