Title of ArticleMandalas as a tool for transformation to enable human flourishing: the influence of Carl Jung
Type of ArticleIdeas and Influences
Author/sMary Mulcahy
ReferenceVolume 3, Issue 2, Article 11
Date of PublicationNovember 2013
Keywordscritical creativity, flourishing, mandalas, professional artistry, transformation

My work as a practice developer has been influenced by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, in particular his work with mandalas. Jung is a revered role model from whom I draw inspiration as I develop my own professional artistry as a transformational facilitator. This professional artistry spans all areas of healthcare practice and can incorporate direct patient care as well as staff facilitation processes (Titchen, 2009). My experience of working with mandalas has shown me their potential as a tool for transformation to enable human flourishing, for patients and staff.

‘A mandala is a picture that tells a story, it is a sacred space, often a circle which reveals some inner truth about yourself and the world’ (Watts, 2000, p 6).

I would like to share some ideas of working with mandalas as a tool for self-exploration and expression, to enable human flourishing. McCormack and Titchen (2006) identified human flourishing as an integral component and product of transformative practice development. I personally relate to human flourishing as achieving a sense of wholeness, living comfortably in the here and now, where one is connected to an inner knowing that strives for optimal growth and wellbeing of self and others. In this paper I reflect on exemplar quotes by Jung and how I have worked with them on a personal and professional basis to enable my own growth and flourishing, and in supporting others on the same path.

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