Sacred Geometry: Exploring the Patterns of Creation

Sacred Geometry: Exploring the Patterns of Creation

Sacred geometry is more than beautiful shapes and symbols. It has the power to speak to us in a soul language that is beyond our conscious mind. Throughout history, these patterns contain and convey universal concepts of unity, transcendence, and interconnectedness. In this article, we will explore a few of the most widely known examples of sacred geometry, their meaning, and how we can work with them to raise our consciousness and deepen our relationship with the cosmos. 

What is Sacred Geometry?

In its simplest sense, it is the meaning and philosophy we ascribe to the fundamental shapes of creation. These shapes represent the mathematical relationships and proportions found in nature. Examples, such as the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio (φ), and the Fibonacci spiral are believed to reflect inherent harmonies in the natural world. These symbols are often used in religious and mystical contexts to represent concepts such as unity, wholeness, balance, and transcendence. You can see these sacred symbols in temples, cathedrals, mosques, and other sacred sites throughout history.

The Platonic Solids

Named after the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, the Platonic solids are a set of five geometric shapes derived from dividing a sphere into three-dimensional forms. Plato described them in his dialogue “Timaeus” around 360 BCE. What makes the Platonic solids unique is that they are convex polyhedra (meaning all their angles are less than 180 degrees), and all their faces are regular polygons (with equal side lengths and angles). Plato believed they were the building blocks of all of life. 

The tetrahedron is composed of four equilateral triangles and is associated with the element of fire, creativity, and inspiration. The hexahedron, commonly known as a cube, is composed of six square faces and is associated with the element earth. The octahedron which is composed of eight equilateral triangles is associated with the element air, the heart chakra, and compassion. The icosahedron which is composed of twenty equilateral triangles and is associated with the element water, the sacred chakra, and emotions. The dodecahedron which is composed of twelve regular pentagonal faces and is associated with the element ether, the brow chakra, and spirit/consciousness. (note the image also includes a double tetrahedron).

Metatron’s Cube

Metatron was a figure in the mystical traditions of Kabbalah. In some sources, he was seen as an archangel, and in others, he was seen as a celestial scribe recording the deeds of humans and transmitting divine messages to the higher realms. In the Kabbalistic tradition, the symbol is seen as a tool for meditation and contemplation. In Hermeticism, it is revered as a symbol of creation because it represents the cosmic order, and divine structure that underlies all of physical reality. 

Metatron’s Cube consists of 13 equal and interconnected circles that form a 3-D cube. Contained within are all of the platonic solids. The foundation of the cube is the Fruit of Life (13 circles). Each circle is connected with straight lines symbolizing energy flowing down from the heavens and infusing the physical world. There is equilibrium in the 6 directions, so the energy flows in balance and harmony in all directions.

Merkabah

The Merkabah known as the divine chariot is a double tetrahedron. It was described in the visions of the prophet Ezekiel and said to guide mystics on journeys through the heavens. Allowing them to transport their souls into different dimensions and even timelines. It holds significant historical and spiritual importance within Jewish mystical traditions, particularly in the tradition known as Merkabah mysticism. There are even Jewish mystics and scholars known as the Merkabah riders.

Practitioners of Merkabah mysticism sought to achieve higher states of consciousness and experience divine revelations by meditating with the sacred symbol. They often viewed the Merkabah as a vehicle for spiritual ascent, symbolizing the soul’s journey toward union with the divine.

 

The Flower of Life

The Flower of Life can be traced back to various ancient civilizations and cultures around the worldIt consists of 19 evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a symmetrical hexagonal pattern. It has been found inscribed on the walls, pillars, and artifacts in ancient temples around the world. One of the earliest known appearances of the Flower of Life is in ancient Egyptian temples, particularly in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. It has also been found in the Assyrian city of Nineveh, the Forbidden City in China, ancient synagogues in Galilee, and temples in Japan. As well as many others. 

The Flower of Life is often associated with principles of creation and existence. Some people interpret its intricate patterns as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of all living beings and the underlying unity of the universe. Within the Flower of Life, the Seed of Life (6 overlapping circles), The Fruit of Life (the basis for Metatron’s Cube), and the Egg of Life (comprised of 7 small circles) are contained within it. In ancient Greece, the mathematician Pythagoras and his followers studied the Flower of Life and believed it was the fundamental form of space and time. In New Age circles it is also believed to be a tool for manifestation. 

Want to learn more? Listen to this interview with Iva Kenaz on the Chaos & Light Podcast

 

How to Work with Sacred Geometry

Intention is always important when doing any spiritual work. Even though the meaning of some symbols can vary among different traditions, use your intuition and choose a symbol that is in resonance with your intent. Sacred geometry is imbued with the energy, intelligence, and mathematics of the cosmos. So give these beautiful symbols the reverence that they deserve.

1. Meditation – One of the best and easiest ways to work with sacred geometry of any type is to use it as the focal point of your meditation. You can breathe the image in and out of the heart or third eye chakras. You can relax your gaze and stare at the image and allow yourself to get lost in its intricate beauty. Or you can hold the image with your inner sight and visualize it moving in and through the body. 

2. Manifestation – What do you want to create in your life? Once you know what you’d like to manifest, say it out loud, see it, feel it in your heart center, and then release the intention into the center of the sacred shape. Then just allow yourself to receive. For example state, “I am abundant.” Or you could say something like, “My life is filled with love.” Take a moment to see, feel it, and know it without a doubt as you breathe the image in and around the body. 

3. Connecting To Your Divine Blueprint –  Sacred geometry is the foundational structure of your physical and energetic bodies. For example, the electronic geometry of the water in your body is tetrahedral. Set the intention to connect back to your Divine Blueprint. Say out loud at the beginning of your meditation, “I receive and allow all sacred shapes and structures into my field that bring me back to a state of balance, wholeness, and harmony. Bringing all layers of my physical and energetic bodies into perfect alignment.” Then, just allow the powerful shapes to interact with your field.

4. Create A Crystal Grid. – 1. Create an intention statement. 2. Choose the stones needed for the grid. 3. Place the anchor stone into the center. 4. Say your intention as you place the stone or write your intention on paper and place it beneath it. 5. Place the remaining stones around the anchor crystal. 6. Activate your grid by tracing over the connections with a quartz crystal or visualize the connections between the stones.

Today, sacred geometry continues to inspire artists, philosophers, scientists, and spiritual seekers who wish to explore the profound mysteries of the universe through the language of geometry and symbolism. While the origins of sacred geometry are ancient and diverse, its principles have been embraced by various cultures and spiritual traditions around the world. They remind us that the language of our soul and the cosmos is symbolic and that unity, connectedness, and transcendence are integral to our being. 

 

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The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

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We are creative beings that create with every breath of our existence. Too often people tell me they aren’t creative, conflating the words creative and artistic. But spirituality and creativity are inextricably linked. Every thought, emotion, and action is imbued with creative life force. When consciously and intentionally woven together we have a profound tool (and way of being) to expand our consciousness, heal our wounds, and express the deepest part of ourselves. Because of this creativity is an integral part of our spiritual growth and development. 

The Relationship between Creativity & Spirituality

The connection between spirituality and creativity is symbiotic—a dynamic interplay between the inner and outer realms of human experience. If we define spirituality as an exploration of what is meaningful and that meaning is derived from something larger than ourselves. Then creativity is a way to explore that meaning. But not to just explore it, embody it. Play with it, express and experience it. 

 At its core, creativity is a manifestation of consciousness’ innate desire to express and know itself. Artists, writers, musicians, and creators of all types often speak of being inspired by a muse—compelling them to channel their thoughts, emotions, and inspirations into tangible forms. But this creative impulse doesn’t just beckon ‘artists’ in the traditional sense. It calls to all of us, in every moment. And in fact, we use it’s creative power in every decision and action we take.

What would happen if we harnessed it more intentionally? Or looked at creativity more as a way of being rather than just an artistic pursuit?

Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

~ Julia Cameron

 

Transcendence, Transformation & Transmutation

The prefix ‘trans’ means to move beyond, across or go through. Creativity is the bridge that can take us from one place to another. It allows us to break free from the constraints of ordinary perception, shift our energy and awareness allowing us to explore and envision new possibilities and move through difficult emotions and challenges. 

Creativity can be seen as a way to tap into our collective consciousness, channeling ideas, and inspiration from a source beyond the individual self. In this sacred dance of creation, we discover the depths of our own beings and the boundless expanse of the universe itself. This entanglement with unity allows us to transcend the limitations of the ego and tap into a deeper, more profound understanding of reality.

Creativity as Soul Language

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a window into our soul? Or to understand what lies below the surface of our conscious mind? Too often spirituality is only an intellectual pursuit. We read and learn from ancient wisdom teachings and our current thought leaders. But a big part of our spiritual development should be experiential. 

Often we are unable to unlock and decipher what’s going on beneath our conscious awareness. Creativity gives us tools to explore and experience some deeper parts of ourselves. Speaking the language of our soul through colors, symbols and archetypes. Helping us to translate and express the abstraction, emotions, and intuitions that are often hard to verbalize.

Watch: Soul Langauge:How the Essence Speaks on The Golden Flower

 

Creativity and Healing

Healing is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional process. Having worked with cancer survivors for over a decade, I learned that part of the process is finding meaning in your experience and finding ways to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions that arise. Creativity once again offers us the opportunity for both of these things. And not just as art therapy in the traditional sense. 

One of the most important lessons I learned from this time was to find beauty and gratitude wherever you can. The color of the flower, the sleeping cat in the stream of light on the floor, or a good hug from a close friend. To find the meaning and appreciation for these small moments is also a creative act. How we choose to engage in a moment, the way we choose to experience something or where we choose to put our attention is fundamentally creative. 

“Without the spiritual component, the artist works with a crucial disadvantage. The spiritual world provides a sense of wonder and a degree of open-mindedness not always found within the confines of science. The world of reason can be narrow and filled with dead ends, while a spiritual viewpoint is limitless and invites fantastic possibilities. The unseen world is boundless.”
Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being

 

Creativity as a State of Being

We have the opportunity for creative expression in what we wear, how we eat, and the words we choose. How we move, what we love, and the lens from which we see the world. Many ancient teachings talk about ‘the dream’ or ‘the story’ that we tell ourselves collectively or individually. All of these things are our creations. With every breath, there is a choice, and every choice is a creative act. Can you bring more color, sound, feel, imagination, and vision into the moment? Can you explore the world with new eyes, from new levels, without preconceived notions? Can you write a new story or dream a new dream?

The connection between creativity and spirituality offers opportunities for healing, growth, exploration, meaning, and overcoming obstacles. It allows us to cultivate a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us. In a perfect world, everyone would have one or many creative outlets in the more traditional sense. And they would also harness the power of choice as a creative act. In a world that begs us to create a new collective dream, developing our creative muscles is not only important for our own evolution but humanity’s as well. 

 

 

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Embracing the In-Between: Understanding Liminal Spaces

Embracing the In-Between: Understanding Liminal Spaces

In the intricate tapestry of human experience, there exists a realm often overlooked yet profoundly influential – the liminal space. This ethereal terrain asks us to reflect on the very essence of who we are and what we know about the world. In this time of great revealing, many people question what they thought was Truth. And are learning how to navigate uncertainty in many areas of their lives. In this article, we will explore what a liminal space is, why it is so important, and ways to be okay with not knowing.

What is Liminal Space?

 If you are unfamiliar with the idea, it is a transitional space that arises on our passage through something. Usually brought on by a crisis or major life change, it is a time that forces us to be introspective and reevaluate our values, goals, beliefs, and life trajectories. Because of its destabilizing nature, it is a time often characterized by ambiguity, uncertainty and disorientation. 

A Rite of Passage

Most rites of passage are all but forgotten in these modern times. While we have retained some of them like, baptism, confirmation, or marriage. we have forgotten the value that these ceremonies and traditions once held. Helping individuals to embrace change, growth, and the pursuit of a deeper understanding of themselves and their place in the world. That passage between the acceptance of the call to change and the awakened transformation is the liminal space. 

Shedding Identities

Liminal spaces are the in-between spaces where an older version of ourselves becomes increasingly ill-fitted and yet the new version has yet to emerge. Because of the malleability of this time, it can be challenging to navigate. Part of this is because what we thought we knew no longer seems to fit and feels increasingly inauthentic. And partly because shedding old identities and stepping into new ones is, by its very nature, a destabilizing process. The ground is shifting beneath our feet and without a North Star to point towards, it can be a difficult time.

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Metamorphosis

Think of this time as the pupal stage in the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. A caterpillar is born with imaginal cells that remain dormant until the onset of the transformation process. Once the caterpillar starts to undergo metamorphosis, the imaginal cells begin to awaken. But if you interrupt the process mid-way, it is neither a butterfly nor a caterpillar, just a big pile of goo.

Space For The Extraordinary

Traversing this space can take a few weeks to a year or more depending on the precipitating factors and how a person deals with the unknowing. In this liminal space, we need to allow ourselves to awaken what lies dormant within us and not rush the process. What’s inside of us might not yet be fully formed, and to push ourselves to figure it out, we risk settling for the ordinary. Pushing ourselves back into the status quo or not giving ourselves enough time for discovery. Shouldn’t we give ourselves the space to make way for the extraordinary?

Read Are You Experiencing an Identity Meltdown by Vidya Frazier

 

Tips For Navigating Liminal Spaces

  1. Acknowledge the liminal space: Recognize and accept that you are in a period of transition and uncertainty. Surrender to it and understand that is normal to feel disoriented, anxious, or confused.
  2. Stay Curious: Instead of resisting – Embrace ambiguity. Stay open and learn to play with ideas, thoughts, and visions without needing them to be the answer. Try them on, like you would a jacket, and see how they feel on you. Do they feel expansive or contractive? How much energy do they hold? Try to resist the urge to make them concrete but rather let them float in and out without attachment. There will be a time to take action, but that isn’t this moment. 
  3. Use this time to explore new perspectives, interests, or pathways. Take a class, read a new author, and learn something new. Engage in novel activities. If you’ve never considered yourself an artist, take an art class or try your hand at writing. 
  4. Seek support and connections. Invite your friends and family with you on some of these excursions. Explore new terrain with people you love. If you feel stuck seek out the support of a therapist or support group. 
  5. Cultivate self-care. Take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health by engaging in activities that bring you joy, relaxation, or a sense of meaning.
  6. Set small goals: Think about what you want to do for the day and set out to attain that. Having small, attainable goals can bring a sense of direction and accomplishment during a time when life may seem unpredictable or uncertain. 
  7. Don’t compare yourself to an older version. You are moving toward something new. This means new habits, new mental constructs, and new ways of being. That means that things will change. Comparing yourself to how you used to do things will hamper this process and increase suffering. 
  8. Be kind to yourself. You are in the process of awakening something very special.

In the intricate dance of life, the liminal space fosters the metamorphosis of the self. It is a realm where identities are shed, and we make way for the emergence of the extraordinary. As we navigate this terrain of uncertainty and transition, let us embrace the inherent ambiguity, stay curious and be open to possibilities. And in the midst of this profound transformation, be okay with not knowing. It’s not going to last and the experience itself is part of our journey. 

From Chaos to Calm: Understanding Spiritual Health in Uncertain Times

From Chaos to Calm: Understanding Spiritual Health in Uncertain Times

Spiritual health is a vital aspect of our overall health and well-being. And it has become increasingly important in these chaotic times. Some describe this moment as the post-truth era. Where everything we see, read, or search on the internet is up for debate. Is that image fake? Have you been embroiled in an internet fight with a bot unwittingly? It is getting difficult to know what is truth and what is illusion. In such a destabilizing time, spiritual health assists us in honing our discernment skills, gives us tools for inner peace, and helps us to focus on what is meaningful.

What is Spiritual Health?

Similarly to physical and mental health, spiritual health is key to our overall sense of fulfillment, happiness, and well-being. And just like someone would focus on diet and exercise to improve physical health. There are characteristics and aspects that one should focus on to improve their spiritual health. Although the expression is highly individualized and subjective, there are commonalities within this dimension of wellness.

Characteristics of Spiritual Health

Seeking Meaning and Purpose: Individuals with positive spiritual health are seekers of meaning and purpose. They want to contemplate the deeper questions about existence and their role in the world. And they value living a purposeful life.

Clarifying Values and Beliefs: Whether they are rooted in religion, philosophy, or a sense of interconnectedness with the universe. A person with a strong sense of spiritual health will have spent time exploring what it is that they care about. And they will understand their beliefs and how they were formed. Being willing to re-evaluate and release any that no longer serve them.

Valuing Relationships: Understanding the interconnectedness of all things is a fundamental aspect of spiritual health. Whether it is your connection to the natural world, the people in your life, or your relationship with your inner self. They value nurturing these connections and practice love, forgiveness, gratitude, and seeing from each other’s perspectives.

Learning About Spiritual Concepts: It doesn’t matter if your spirituality is seated in religion, New Age philosophy, or Paganism. What’s important is to dive deep into teachings and learn the foundational concepts. This provides a more meaningful connection and gives the person spiritual tools and techniques in alignment with their belief system.

Want to learn more about spiritual concepts? Check out our articles on spiritual development. 

Self-awareness: Spiritual health often involves frequent and deep introspection. It requires the seeker to understand who they are and how they show up in the world. Paying attention to their thoughts, emotions, and actions and how they are all interconnected.

A Perspective of Interconnectedness: Understanding the interconnectedness of all things and being able to toggle between the perspectives of the individual and of the All. This means that a person can have a healthy ego AND understand that we are all one. And knows when to operate from those different perspectives.

Transcendence and Awe: Spiritual health may involve experiences that go beyond the ordinary, such as a sense of awe, wonder, or moments of transcendence that move people out of separation into a larger field of meaning and connectedness.

Seeing the Beauty: Recognizing and appreciating the beauty in the world, whether in nature, art, or human experiences, contributes to a sense of the divine. Appreciating beauty is one of the easiest routes to exploring the world energetically.

Being in Integrity: Having a healthy spiritual life asks the seeker to be authentic in their actions and words. It also means being accountable for your actions and honoring your commitments to yourself and others.

Acts of Service: Contributing positively to the well-being of others and the broader community is an important part of being a spiritually healthy person. And promotes a sense of compassion, generosity, and interconnectedness.

Engaging in Spiritual Practices: Techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, prayer, yoga, ritual, and ceremony are just a few examples of practices that connect people to Spirit and often enhance their sense of peace and self-awareness.

Check out this wide variety of Guided meditation to deepen your spiritual practice. 

Cultivating Gratitude: Gratitude is a powerful tool for enhancing spiritual health. Take time each day to reflect on the things you are thankful for, whether big or small. Gratitude not only shifts your focus from what you lack to what you have but also fosters a sense of contentment and connection to the greater good.

Taking care of your spiritual health involves connecting with your inner self, finding purpose, and fostering a sense of peace. Feeling connected to something larger than ourselves assists us in leading more meaningful lives. And allows us to explore the world from multiple perspectives. Developing these aspects of ourselves will play an important role in the future of humanity. And help us to mitigate so much of the stress and uncertainty in these tumultuous times.

 

 

What is Ascension, Awakening and Enlightenment?

What is Ascension, Awakening and Enlightenment?

What is the difference between ascension, awakening, and enlightenment?  There definitely is some squishiness to many concepts in spirituality or new-age philosophy. By their very nature, we are trying to describe the ineffable. But I think appreciating their distinctive characteristics goes a long way in assisting us in knowing what tools, resources, and practices can deepen where we are in our spiritual journey.  As with all things that are explored across many disciplines and with different points of origin, interpretations vary. But here is a good guide to understanding these often misused terms.

What is Ascension?

Ascension refers to the process of transcending to a higher level of consciousness or existence. Ascension is both an individual and collective journey towards a higher state of being. And is thought of more as an energetic/spiritual process rather than a physical one. This shift is characterized by moving from a world based on ego identity, separation, and Us vs Them mentality to one of love, unity, and interconnection. From this higher state of being, we have heightened perception and greater intuitive capacities. Gaining access to spiritual gifts that were not previously available due to the density of the 3-D world.

What is Awakening?

Awakening can be thought of as what is happening as we move from the 3-D to 5-D world. If ascension is the larger process, awakening is the unfolding realization and recognition of the nature of reality that happens within that process. Bringing with it profound insights and shifts in perception, leading to increased mindfulness, spiritual growth, and a deeper connection to oneself and the world. These realizations can happen suddenly or over a long period of time with steep stages and plateaus. It can be triggered by unexplainable events, a life transition, or a peak experience, but it starts with a deeper appreciation that we are part of something bigger than just ourselves. 

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What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment is often considered the ultimate result of awakening in spiritual traditions. It is an absolute state of being that once you have achieved it, there is no other way of being. The idea of what the ultimate result is can vary from tradition to tradition. For Buddhists and Hindus, it involves liberation from the cycle of rebirth. In Taoism, enlightenment is seen as a return to the inherent harmony of the Tao (the Way), the natural order of the universe. Some others believe that it is simply non-duality. It is safe to say that there have been very few enlightened people in humanity’s history. Because enlightenment transcends the limitations of ego and conditioned patterns of thinking and involves living with the knowing of our oneness (non-duality), it is not easy to achieve.

Practices and Rituals

Because these concepts are interrelated, all of these practices lend themselves to the awakening path.

Common Practices:

  • Meditation and journeys
  • Breathwork
  • Plant-based medicine
  • Honing intuitive skills
  • Practicing compassion
  • Fasting
  • Light body activations/meditations
  • Using frameworks/exercises that challenge biases/constructs
  • Drumming, shaking, dancing
  • Chanting, singing
  • Adornment
  • Journaling

In conclusion, ascension refers to a process, and awakening are the realizations one has during this process. Enlightenment is the ultimate result or state that can be achieved through this journey. While it is amazing to have personal breakthroughs and ‘AHa’ moments, these are truly important. We must also remember that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. And on some level – WE ARE ONE. Give thanks for all discoveries you have and know that as you awaken so does the cosmos. 

Where do you fit in? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

To go deeper on this topic – Read Understanding Ascension, Awakening, and Enlightenment on Substack.