The literal meaning word Mandala means circle, and circle mandalas are also one of the most commonly available form of mandalas. Circles have very powerful significance in countless religions and traditions, primarily Hinduism and Buddhism. We first saw their emergence in regions across the Himalaya and India, where people used the artistic expression of mandalas to form symbolic relationships between the universe and the spirit.
Ancient Hindu scriptures depict mandalas as a period of creativity, of powerful existence, and a symbol of deeper connection with the self and the universe at large. In modern day, mandalas have become a popular symbol of meditation, which aids in enhancing focus, silencing thoughts while meditating, combatting stress and anxiety, appreciating the beauty of nature, and forming a greater connection with oneself.
The Flower of Life features a complex geometric design where countless overlapping circles are arranged in the appearance of flower petals. These designs are said to have originated in Northern Africa and Mesopotamia, while some can even viewed on Egyptian temples of Osiris.
Experts are unclear about the exact symbolism of the flower, but modern users believe that it is a scared geometric shape that promotes focus and concentration during meditation by eliminating distractions. Often, the Flower is compared to the mandalas commonly used in Hinduism and Buddhism because of its overlapping circles and flower-like design. Modern artists and spiritual healers agree that it is a powerful tool for spiritual growth.
Basically, the Flower represents the existence of all creation in the universe, thus making it a powerful symbol of enlightenment and greater spiritual growth. It represents the Tree of Life, which symbolises both, our material reality and non-physical growth. It is often regarded as a route to travel through various dimensions to form a connection with your soul and attain completion.
Flower Mandalas are also associated with unlocking good health and a mindful lifestyle, which makes them perfect for all artistic uses, be it tapestries, curtains or other home décor inspirations. It doesn’t have any specific religious ties, so you can even wear it as clothing staples or accessories.