Coloring Mandalas: A Rant

***** Warning… I’m on a rant ****

I read a blog post this morning about adult coloring pages/books with mandalas being a tool of Satan.  Normally, I read things like this will a jaded eye and go on my merry way.  Everyone is entitled to their opinion, their views, their outlook on life and the outpouring of that view as long as it isn’t inciting hate and the intent to hurt people.

This one, though, has me really irritated…. go figure… who knew…

Why?  Why would such a post send me into fits of ranting?

In the middle of the post they talk about Jung and meditation and on and on and on…

The quote…

“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 of man.” ~ Carl Jung… Memories, Dreams and Reflections

The mandala picture accompanying the quote?  A stained glass window from Notre Dame cathedral of Strasbourg, France.

Really?  We are apparently all going to hell, because I’ve seen lots of churches and cathedrals all over the world that have circular stained glass windows that are beautifully designed and… um… yeah… in a church.

If you are GOING to go on a rant, and you are going to start pointing fingers, you might want to check what you put in your tirade before you go off half cocked.  And make sure your logic holds…. because there ARE people like me out here that call bullshit on the illogic of it all.  There are people who will spend an ENTIRE hour hunting down examples of church/cathedral circular pictures of intricate designs to point out that a butt load of supposed Christians are going straight to hell because they have spent hours of perfectly good sermon time staring at the beauty of the light shining through those windows.  They should be ASHAMED.

It’s been a long few weeks.  My patience is thin, my bullshit tolerance is thinner and I’m just freaking tired, my body is starting to fight back which is making my tolerance for stupid people even lower.  I’m tired.  Tired of people using the name of God to further their own agenda. Tired of bullies. Tired of people putting the blame for all of the world’s ills at the feet of someone else. Tired of the incredible waste of time and energy put towards trying to make a mountain out of a grain of sand. LOOK LOOK LOOK, over there… look at what THEY are doing… and them…. OH MAN and them… kind of makes me wonder what they are trying to deflect attention from rather than to.

Be the change you want to see in the world… don’t just cast stones for the sake of casting them.

Maybe I’m old.  Maybe I’m just tired and in desperate need of a vacation.  Maybe the rhetoric and desire to cast aspersions is just getting to me, I don’t know.  Maybe I should just go color my pictures of cloven hoofed horned beasts (cows) and leave the venom to the professionals.  As for me, I’m going to take my coffee, my crayons and coloring pages and go find a quite place to listen to the wind chimes sing.

 

Author: April Wells
Published: 3/2/2016

3 responses to “Coloring Mandalas: A Rant

  1. Part of being image bearers is the creation of beautiful things. Whether you like it or not, beauty is a glimpse of Kingdom!

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    • alicorndreams

      🙂 It’s funny… I have an amazing app on my tablet that lets me create madalas… and there are crosses in the mix of pictures. I think it is less about the two dimensional representation of where we find beauty than in the fact that the Creator is a creator.

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  2. I think I read the same blog, if not then there is more than one which are very similar. The thing is, those who say mandalas are the tools of Satan or open a person to demons, fail to realize that if they believe in God and that he created the universe and man, then God created mandalas because they are everywhere from the microscopic to macroscopic levels. The point is, no object is evil or the tool of Satan unless the intent of the person is to make it such. Someone once told me “consider the source” whenever I read anything. What anyone writes is a reflection of themselves. I left a simple message “don’t confuse objects with intent” which the last time I checked had not been approved, so I walked away, considering the source. Unfortunately, people are taken in and lead astray if they allow themselves and don’t use their own mind to think for themselves.

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