The Gift of the Mandorla
I want to share something I stumbled on years ago when I was doing my shadow work.
It's called a Mandorla.
If you're curious, take a close look at the two circles in the image to your left.
Do you see the almond shape created by
That's the Mandorla, my love.
The word literally means almond in Italian.
If you're a mathematician (or a student of Sacred Geometry) then you know it as the Venn Diagram or the Vesica Piscis.
Whatever you call it, it's one of the most ancient sacred symbols known to humankind.
Because it represents the sweet spot of creation and balance.
If you're thinking, "so what?" please lean in.
The Mandorla has something important to teach you.
Scroll down a bit further and look at the circles to your right.
Blue can never be orange, and orange can never be blue. Each one has a different reality. A different truth.
In fact, they're opposites on the colour wheel.
(Here are some other examples of opposites if you need them):
Male | Female
Earth | Heaven
Left Brain | Right Brain
Physical | Nonphysical
Republican | Democrat
Science | Religion
Once you have two contrasts in mind, take your attention away from the circles and look at the Mandorla in the centre where they meet.
This is the fertile ground of opportunity and possibility.
Robert A. Johnson, author of Owning Your Own Shadow, was the first person to introduce me to the idea that the Mandorla can not only heal conflict but create something new because of it.
He defines it in several thought-provoking ways:
as the Divine Container in which a new creation can form.
as the place where opposites meet and honour one another.
as the ground of reconciliation.
The Mandorla holds a greater truth than either of the separate, contrasting realities or points of view.
This bit of brilliance has led to several personal breakthroughs. But let me tell you, it hasn't been easy.
I had to put my fists down so I could listen and learn.
I had to look through the lens of a different perspective.
I had to walk a hundred miles in someone else's shoes.
And when it came to the war within myself, I had to find the willingness to step off the battlefield.
Again and again and again.
Robert says that if you can stop fighting long enough to accept the conflicting impulses, the two opposing forces will teach each other something and produce an insight that will serve the whole.
I'm here to tell you he's right.
Blue and Orange may be polar opposites, but in the world of design this makes them complimentary. Which means they enhance the essence of the other.
It's not either/or. It's AND.
Something beautiful can be born from the union of the two.
And don't we need this more than ever?
We've seen a lot of conflict this year.
I think most of us are weary of it.
In fact, many people I talk to are feeling hopeless about their future and the future of our world.
That's when I tell them about the Mandorla.
Something NEW is coming, my darling.
Something GOOD is about to be birthed.
There's a gift in the contrast.
And I don't want any of us to miss it.
Sending you so much love,
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