“The Mandala is the Center”: Jung's Interest in Mandalas
Fri., March 2, 7 p.m. 2012
General Admission: $5, free for Oglethorpe University Museum of Art members and with a Petrel Pass
Susan Olson, MA, LCSW, Jungian analyst
Jung painted his first mandala in 1916, during a period of psychic turmoil. He came to understand the mandala as a symbol of the self, “the wholeness of the personality.” Jung stopped drawing mandalas in 1928, but he encouraged his patients to paint their own. Each of the 40 mandalas in The Sacred Round exhibit, created by Jung's patients, is a unique example of this ancient form. Olson will trace the history of Jung's fascination with mandalas, the evolution of his understanding of them, and the features that contribute to their profound healing effect.