I was inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist ritual of creating sand mandalas and then destroying them, representing creation, destruction, and above all, impermanence.
The ones that you don't like that are of the same sex? Your shadow. Opposite sex, whether you like or dislike? Your anima or animus -- inner feminine or masculine. Dream work is about making the unconscious conscious. So is Yoga, meditation, writing practice, inquiry, and lots of other stuff. ...