The Soul Mandala: Using EFT to Address Psychological Blocks to Artistic Christine and Dawson smallExpression Workshop

Dear EFT Community,

This workshop, taught by art teacher, Christine Cramer, and me, is a powerful way to dialog between parts of yourself, between your goals and your resistance, and between past, present and future. At the end of the process most people emerge having created a more beautiful work of art than they ever believed possible.

-Dawson Church, PhD


By Dawson Church, PhD

The circle is fundamental to nature, to human culture, and to psychology. The mandala is a form of circle used in art to represent the artist's inner process. Drawing a mandala may evoke meaning and purpose in the artist, allow the artist to interpret aspects of his or her inner and outer environment, and provide a tangible physical object symbolizing these subjective processes.

The simplicity of the mandala art form makes it accessible to non-artists as a form of artistic expression, as well as a visible objective symbol of inner states and traits. The Soul Mandala process is a structured protocol for drawing a mandala while facilitating psychological transformation.

When artistic expression flows freely, the form of the mandala can be a powerful catalyst for psychological reflection and an icon of personal transformation.

The experience of creating a mandala, however, evokes psychological and emotional blocks in most individuals. Rather than perceiving these blocks as obstacles to progress, the Soul Mandala process welcomes them as opportunities for growth.

The protocol uses EFT to reduce or eliminate the self-talk that stands in the way of artistic expression, and resolve memories of emotionally troubling events. Alternating between EFT and drawing, the Soul Mandala process facilitates a dialog between mind and paper that can evoke powerful personal meaning in the artist, creating the potential for psychological transformation.

This workshop provides an overview of the mandala in nature, culture, and art, describes the Soul Mandala protocol, and offers case histories and examples of mandalas that illustrate the process.

Participants learn the characteristics of prismacolor drawing, such as gradations of light, shade, and color. They then reflect on the aspects of self evoked by the mandala art form, and make a preliminary sketch. As blocks to self-expression emerge in participants, they use EFT and the Borrowing Benefits process.

Successive cycles of tapping and drawing eventually address many different universal and archetypal resistance, resulting in insights, psychological breakthroughs, and finally a beautiful piece of art.

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