On a recent silent retreat , I was meditating on Ephesians 3:17, which states:
“May Christ through your faith actually dwell and settle down and make his permanent home in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love”
Out of my contemplations, I drew a Mandala to express what I thought that scripture communicated to me.
Mandalas, are more than a simple shape, they are an image seen with our eyes that captures a moment in time. It symbolises the whole self at that moment, by which self knowledge/awareness may grow, and hence knowledge of God. I have subsequently developed the drawing into this logo image which I have called, ‘Going Home’.
For me, it captures the essence of what I am about in ‘Coaching Christ’ so I thought I would share with you the themes and meanings in the drawing as I saw it.
I also include a U tube link to a Dire straits song ‘Going home’, from the film ‘Local Hero’ as it accompanies the theme in the Mandala with some fabulous images of the natural landscape. Apologies for any google ads that come up! Please play this to accompany your reading on.
Going Home the meanings and themes in the image
The image represents the journey the heart is invited to take into the love of God, where if undertaken the soul finds its deepest centre and rests, enfolded in the security of the ‘pod-like’ seed that holds them (like peas in a pod!). The person comes home to themselves, to their true self, which is found in Christ.
The two central figures could represent two individuals who journey towards the centre, taking off layers of false images or selves that they have held out to the world. As they peel back the walls of their hearts and strip themselves of egoic defences they meet in the centre as forgiven, peace-filled and reconciled beings. Reconciled to God, to themselves and to others.
Although, in addition to the idea of them being two separate figures, I also like to view the figures as different aspects of the self. Human beings experience fragmentation within, we struggle to function as a unified whole, where our thoughts feelings and actions are consistently organised around a deeply rooted ground of being. This brokenness, divides the heart and we have a ‘fragmented self’- the self that is divided against itself, and without peace it wars with itself, others and with God. Journeying to the centre, the self progressively becomes integrated as it matures into a unified personality. Person-hood is restored in the Great I Am as our identity becomes more solidly found In Christ. Now the soul dwells in the oneness of God and his immense love.
It has a Celtic feel to it, drawing on the monastic rule of vulnerability and availability as essential ‘attitudes’ in the homecoming journey. The knot at the centre entwines the union of the fragmented self or two are made one in the mystical union of bride and bridegroom or Christ and his church. At the heart of the image lies the cross, the place we must come to in order to exchange all that is false for that which is true and experience real transformations. We are real-ized in Christ.
The colours are symbolic:
The black threaded around the other colours symbolises suffering and honours the journey through the darkness and into the light that brave souls make on their hearts journey. Taking off the sin and shame and the fear that binds them they come to be found in the centre of all that is love, to dwell in eternal life and liberty.
The red symbolises fiery passion, the intense motivation fuelled by the life of the Holy Spirit, to embark and to persevere on such a difficult journey of change, until it is completed.
The blue symbolises truth, the colour of heaven, and recognises the pilgrims heart as it seeks to know the truth that will set it free. The truth of itself in the light of God.
The purple represents royalty and honours the heart of repentance which exchanges the false self for the true self in Christ and is clothed in the royal robes of: righteousness, holiness and character.
The Gold is a manifestation of Gods Glory- as the shame, fear and pride of the false self are exchanged for the glorious true self found in Christ.
The image captures for me the journey I have undertaken, and the one which I offer to accompany through spiritual direction, coaching and companionship to others.