Mandala refers to a circular design representing balance, unity, and completion. Mandala is a symbolic representation of the unified wholeness of the Self. Usually, it has four (4) sections representing an effort to achieve wholeness in the four (4) sections, such as the four directions of the winds.
The word "Mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit which is loosely translated to mean "circle," which represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. In Jungian Psychology, the Mandala or magic circle is visualised in dreams symbolizing the dreamer's striving for unity of self and completeness. The principle of finding orientation and healing by concentrating on certain images is as old as mankind and religious practice have existed. The power of such imaginative psychic concentration is as well used in modern psychotherapy. The positive content of a Mandala makes it a potent tool even in cognitive and behavioristic forms of psychotherapy. The concentrated visualization of a personal healing mandala can have very protective effects even helping to build up new patterns of feeling and coping with the world, such as in situations of stress and fear.