- Author: Jean-Louis de Biasi
- Publisher: Llewellyn
- Publication Date: February 1, 2017
- Format: Coloring Book
- ISBN: 978-0738751689
Jean-Louis De Biasi first became fascinated by mandalas after coming across them in books about Buddhism and Tibet.
Later on he discovered that Native Americans such as the Hopis and Zunis from the Southwestern part of the United States use complex artwork in much the same way — as representations of spiritual worlds as well they reside within the psyche.
There they depict the various elements to the sacred invisible world using sand, pigments and other natural components in ceremonial settings.
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De Biasi practices philosophical counselling and coaching and is a member of high-degree Freemasonry and is head of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Cross.
It is against this background of deep esoteric knowledge that he has created ‘Hidden Mandala Coloring Book’ — a collection of his own black and white prints that have been influenced by his interest in the sacred symbols and geometry contained within European and Mediterranean art.
During his travels through the region he discovered that in Rome it is still possible to meditate in front of Western mandalas from the first to fifteenth century.
Within the 60+ illustrations that make up this colouring book De Biasi has drawn upon a wide range of occult influences.
These range from classical Roman art through to elements of the Western European mystery schools of Kabbala, Hermeticism, and nineteenth century occultism of the Golden Dawn and the Rosicrucians.
Whilst the images contained in this book can be coloured in whichever way the reader sees fit De Biasi does offer some specific guidance on the most common colors in occultism along with their symbolic meaning.
In addition the author also offers a link to his website where he shows some of the mandalas he drew inspiration from in their original colors.
Our Review of Hidden Mandalas by Jean-Louis De Biasi
This is a colouring book with a number of interesting features — elements that make it quite different from most other books of its type.
Its designs vary from the simple through to the complex — from the strongly symbolic through to the literal.
The idea here is that by colouring them the constant exposure to their mandala-like qualities will initiate changes and modifications in consciousness.
In this regard the more simplistic and somewhat repetitive designs will probably shift you into a powerfully relaxed or meditative state more effectively than the more complex ones.
Indeed some people who use coloring as a form of therapy might find it more effective in reducing conditions like stress and anxiety than that of struggling with more traditional techniques of meditation.
Hidden Mandalas by Jean-Louis De Biasi is a quality product that is a creditable piece of philosophical work in its own right — which is strange for a publication that on the face of it is simply just a plain old colouring book.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by PGUK, London.