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Mandala As Compass to the Self: a course with Jane Selinske

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
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  • Members who are seniors over 65 or full time students


Four Tuesdays 

This program will NOT be recorded

I knew that in finding the mandala as anexpression of the self 

I had attained what was for me the ultimate. 

                             -C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

The Sanskrit word mandala means circle.  It is an archetypal imagefound in all cultures and can be seen in religious practices and inpsychological development. The universality of the circle image isvisible in the stained-glass windows of cathedrals, in TibetanBuddhism mandala meditation, in Navaho sand painting, and inchildren’s first drawings.

Jung reintroduced the mandala to Western culture.  In 1916 he paintedhis first mandala and discovered that his daily mandala drawingcorresponded to his current psychological situation and psychictransformation.  He found that the mandala appeared in dreams andthat, at times of psychic conflict, mandala drawing was self-healing,moving one toward wholeness.  Jung noted that the object of drawingindividual mandalas was to locate the Self, and he believed theintegrative art form was a tool for the individuation process.  Like acompass, the mandala points in a direction.  One may not be aware ofthe direction, but one is led none the less.

The class is didactic, experiential, and will sharpen the participant’sJungian lens when exploring the dynamics of the mandala, personallyand clinically.  In addition to learning the language of images andsymbols, course participants will learn to give prominence to symbolamplification, personal associations, and the objective nature of thepsyche when interpreting mandala images.  Participants will createmandalas, learn basic interpretive skills, and, like Jung, experience themandala as a teleological compass to the Self during the individuationprocess.


  • Didactic Discussion of Mandalas and Jungian Theory
  • Questions and Discussion 
  • Drawing of Mandala
  • Individual and Group Discussion of Drawings
  • Interpretation of mandala images, symbols, and teleologicalindividuation process
  • Case Application 
  • Closure with Questions and Answers 

Jane Selinske, EdD, LCSW, NCPsy A, MT-BC, is a licensed Jungiananalyst, a practitioner of Mandala Assessment and a Board CertifiedMusic Therapist.  She was trained at the New York C. G. Jung Instituteand has taught analytical psychology and Jungian theory at theInstitute of Expressive Analysis, the Creative Therapies Instituteconnected with New York University, the New York C. G. Jung Institute,Rutgers University, and the New York C. G. Foundation where she iscurrently President of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Selinske has apractice where she unites music and imagery, art, spirituality, andJungian theory.

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Images of mandalas throughout this site were created by Carl Jung's patients between the years 1926 and 1945.
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