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mandala (Gestalt glossary)

-Sanskrit word meaning 'circle'. A symbolic drawing (or painting), generally in the form of a circle or square, used by various Eastern philosophies as a meditation aid, in the search for inner truth, C. G. Jung made a particular study of mandalas. The visual, symbolic representation of feelings or situations and various techniques inspired by the mandala are currently used by some Gestaltists.

Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.

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