Cancer. The word that evokes fear, dread and sadness. Can you think of anyone that has not been directly or indirectly impacted by it? Who hasn't witnessed or experienced the resulting struggles, pain and triumphs, physically and otherwise?
I have had several family members in the last few years with cancer, the oldest in his '80's and the youngest just over a year, not to mention friends in all decades in between. I've thought about drawing visual aids to support them further, in addition to their healthcare. Here's what I've made: mandalas, to be used for envisioning physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being, for anyone with cancer and by their families, friends and caregivers. Please feel free to download, print or use, in any way that you'd like.
If you are not familiar with mandalas, a mandala is a sacred circle. They can be thought of as spheres or containers for housing symbols. Throughout the ages, in a variety of cultures and traditions, including Buddhist, Hindu, Navajo and in Jungian psychology, these circular images have been drawn, painted, carved or made of colored sand, for spiritual purposes.
Using a symbol as a tool for healing support :
Symbols can be intentions made visible, to be used as affirmations, with thought, in prayer and during meditation, for healing.
If you are wondering how this works, consider this: When you have a gut feeling about a symbol, if you are stirred by its meaning, shapes and colors, you have resonance with that symbol, or some commonality with its essence; for example, an aspect of healing cancer. The symbol becomes energized when you activate it with your love and intention.
Within each mandala are shapes and colors, to represent various phases of healing from cancer. You don't have to know what each specific shape and color represents. If you do receive insights about these, good! If not, your practice will still be as effective. This is intuition, about feeling and sensing and focusing your intentions on the mandala, as you visualize sending them to the person that you are supporting.
Using the mandalas:
-Take a few deep breaths, to become relaxed and focused.
-See yourself or the person that you choose to aid in healing.
-Feel within, the strength of your love and caring and ability to assist.
-Choose a mandala that feels most appropriate for the current process of healing.
- Set an intention or affirmation,in alignment with the theme of the mandala. Or, use or adapt one, below.
-Look at the mandala, while holding the intention. This may be done for seconds, minutes or longer, till the experience feels complete. The more often that you and others participate in doing this, the more strength and energy the mandala will have and send.
-End, with a word or phrase of closure, gratitude, prayer or blessing.
Suggested affirmations and intentions:
“I intend to assist ______________ in [her/his/my] recovery from surgery.”
“ I envision the growth of new, healthy cells for ___________.”
“ I visualize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength and well- being for___________”, during the duration of healing ."
The titles and descriptions of the mandalas are suggestions. Please add to or alter, for what you sense is most helpful.
To imagine does not mean to pretend. Imagining is real. Imagining can be done by feeling love within your heart, by seeing within, if you are a visual person or hearing, if you are an auditory person. There is no right way, just the way that works for you.
Mandala #1— Aid for Eliminating Cancerous Cells:
Imagine the cancerous cells disappearing, in support of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or any other healing method. Imagine his/her body being filled with light, replacing the darkness of cancer.
Mandala #2- Aid for Healthy New Growth: Imagine the growth of new cells within the person. Imagine her/his overall well-being and readiness for their next chapter in life.
Mandala #3- Aid for Strength: Imagine the flooding of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength and support, into the person. Imagine that he or she is receiving what is required for their highest good.
Mandala #4- Aid for Transitions: Imagine, during the ebbs and flows of the person's journey through cancer, whether in recovery, remission or the end of life, a constant flow of love and support.