Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche - Chapter 3: The Mandorla Summary & Analysis

Robert A. Johnson
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Chapter 3: The Mandorla Summary and Analysis

There is a concept to help us through this standoff and it can be found in our own Christian culture. The mandala is a holy circle that represents wholeness. It is an image of our connection to God and all living things. It is part of the religious cultures in Tibet and India. It sometimes is used as a symbol of healing in Christian art. The mandorla has a healing effect and is that almond shaped image that is created by the intersection of two circles. In fact, mandorla is the Italian word for almond. This almond-shaped center is representative of the overlapping of heaven and earth but also represents the two opposing sides within ourselves. The mandorla is found in the cathedrals of Europe.

As stated before, culture teaches us to prefer the good and push...

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