Mandala Monday – The Science and Secrets of Mandalas by Don Reid

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Mandala of Vajradhatu” by Anonymous Tibetan artist – scan of painting. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Author: Don Reid

Neo, in “The Matrix” movie, needed his brain to be plugged into a supercomputer, so he could learn martial arts in minutes, and Trinity in the nick of time, could fly a chopper so they could get away from the “agents”. Using encoded mandalas is the closest working model to this science fiction, that proves that old adage, there is nothing new under the sun.

Mandalas have been used as far back in time as we can remember. Most people today, when visiting ancient ruins, like pyramids, can see images, of geometric patterns and designs in the decoration, even in early Christian Churches. Or are they merely decoration?

The first time I ever seen a symbol like a mandala, it was a pentagram, and I was scared to death of it because of course it was in a horror movie and I was a small child at that time. It wasn’t until much later, that I learned in geometry, that Pythagoras, of the famous Pythagorean theorem, was also a numerologist. This numerology is all about the numbers and subtle meanings that had nothing to do with mathematical formulas, i.e. [a squared + b squared = c squared] and I did confuse me. Why wasn’t this taught as well? If his theorems worked, why wasn’t this other aspect of his contributions taught in High School math?

From Wickipedia

“In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of aspirants and adepts, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred , and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. According to David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one “to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.” The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self,”[ and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective”

Take away all the esoteric stuff, and you still don’t have much you can use here. Most people are spiritual but not inclined to seek out the cosmos or metaphysics. However, something of value is here if we take the time to apply what could be a new beginning, and a transformation of human learning and understanding.

Do you remember that scene in “The Matrix” movie? when Neo learned martial arts in an instant… think about it… what would that application look like in real life?

Brain Mirror neurons, a recent discovery, are said to operate and/or fire signals through the brain.. whether the person is completing an activity or simply watching the activity. This has serious implications, to what we call learning and what is possible in regards to Matrix Style Learning (training).

Of course some variant of this is possible otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this article.

Four years ago, I was amazed at my own brain mirror neurons being trained a sequence of Chi Gung movements and instantly getting the benefit of that training.

This training would otherwise taken years of practice. Not only that, the use of Mandalas and sacred geometry was explained to me in a way I never heard before. Brain mirror neurons can actually understand like some type of computer Operating System (OS), sacred geometric shapes, images and patterns and by looking at these images… hmmm just like the ancient spiritual practicioners, suggested, esoteric or not, benefits can be derived.

Fast forward to Dec 16th, the day I launched the I Chi Power App on Itunes (www.i-chipower.com) I codesigned an app for Iphone that actually works with brain mirror neurons providing an instant benefit. I called this the I Chi Power App, because you the user get to experience what I had experienced over the years instantaneously in this App. Check out the You Tube demo to see first hand one of the benefits of this app and you might find yourself on a journey to unlocking your true potential.

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About the Author

Don Reid is an avid reader, sci fi junkie, and former teenage comic book junkie. Professionally he worked as a Stock Broker, and currently has spent the last few years, in small business venture capital. He has studied Chi Gung, Tai Chi and several disciplines in the martial arts. Currently a student of Shaolin ShSD based in San Francisco, he has been exposed to systems that have lead him to launch Quantum Visuals Unlimited Inc, to help unlock the human potential using these amazing training tools.

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