In such cases it is easy to see how the severe pattern imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder of the psychic state– namely through a the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements. This is evidently an attempt at self-healing on the part of Nature, which does not spring from conscious reflection but from an instinctive impulse. -- Carl Jung Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious
When beginning my research on how to create the mandalas with specific coded medical data, I turned to other crocheters to learn how they made their mandalas. Some are simple in construction while others have charts that read like computer code. It was like freshman year in college when I spent hours at the museum sketching the masters. The links I've posted are free patterns from around the world. Each teaching me a new technique that has lead me to the construction of the Social Networks and Stroke Recovery Project. Enjoy them. Send me a picture of your finished mandala. I'd love to post it on the blog.
Marinke Slump Spoke Mandala - I'm still working on perfecting the elongated double crochet stitch, I can't seem to get my tension just right. ARGH!