Carl Jung saw the link between mandala symbols and the need to find psychic balance and harmony. This process called individuation, involves the conscious integration of unconscious content, leading to a more complex and fulfilled sense of wholeness. Jung's recognition of the importance of mandalas, and their relation to our individual growth, led him to incorporate the drawing of mandalas as a part of his therapy practice. Here are some interesting quotes from Jung, about the significance of Mandalas:

  • “In the products of the unconscious we discover mandala symbols, that is, circular and quaternity figures which express wholeness, and whenever we wish to express wholeness, we employ just such figures. ” Memories, Dreams and Reflections
  • “Most mandalas have an intuitive, irrational character and, through their symbolical content, exert a retroactive influence on the unconscious. They therefore possess a “magical” significance, like icons, whose possible efficacy was never consciously felt by the patient.” Mandala Symbolism Page 77
  •  “ The “squaring of the circle” is one of the many archetypal motifs which form the basic patterns of our dreams and fantasies. But it is distinguished by the fact that it is one of the most important of them from the functional point of view. Indeed, it could even be called the archetype of wholeness.” Collected Works 9i Paragraph 715
  • “My mandalas were cryptograms concerning the state of the self which was presented to me anew each day…I guarded them like precious pearls….It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation. ” Memories, Dreams and Reflections
  • "It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre.It is the exponent of all paths… I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.” Memories, Dreams and Recollections
  •  “In such cases it is easy to see how the severe pattern imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder of the psychic state– namely through the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements. This is evidently an attempt at self-healing on the part of Nature, which does not spring from conscious reflection but from an instinctive impulse.” Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious Page 388
  • The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.”Memories, Dreams and Reflections Pages 334-335