MARI® (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument)
MARI® has been called The Doorway into the Wonder of the Psyche
The MARI® is a comprehensive system that uses symbols, known as mandalas, to reveal the inner truth and reality of the subject as it is -not what the ego filters of consciousness would want it to be, but what it really is.
Carl Jung recognized the mandala as "the centre of personality, a kind of central point within the psyche, to which everything is related, by which everything is arranged and which is, itself, a source of energy. This center," said Jung, "is not felt or thought of as ego but, if one may so express it, as the self."
Jung's description of the mandala is also an excellent description of the MARI®.
Aspects of MARI®
- Stage (Developmental)
- Relationship of Symbol, Color, Stage
- Guidance Cards
Choices of symbol and color are intuitive
It is the nature of the MARI® that makes it work. Thirty nine symbols printed on clear plastic are spread out before the subject. The subject is told to allow themselves to be drawn to six symbols they like or are attracted to. This first "cut" reflects the most important contents in the psyche or registers most strongly in the individual body-mind, which is both the conscious and unconscious. These first six choices reflect areas of tension or attention that cannot hide. They accurately reveal what is going on with us at that time.