All About Sacred Geometry
Some believe that a form of communication can be found from reconstructing geometric patterns found in the natural world. These patterns present themselves in the nautilus shell, the human eye, and molecules of our DNA, snowflakes, even the air we breathe. When these patterns are replicated it is called Sacred Geometry. To understand reality is to focus on the patterns that have repeated throughout time, as if on a higher octave with each programmed experience for the souls.
Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry (for sound reasons of resource optimization). For example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape. Also, honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other correspondences are seen by believers in sacred geometry to be further proof of the cosmic significance of geometric forms. But some scientists see such phenomena as the logical outcome of natural principles. In ancient civilizations the golden ratio (sacred geometry) was often employed in the design of art and architecture - from the simple spiral to more complex designs. Today sacred geometry is still used in the planning and construction of many structures such as churches, temples, mosques, religious monuments, altars, tabernacles, sacred spaces and the creation of religious art.
THE FLOWER OF LIFE
The flower of life symbol represents important meaning to many throughout history. The symbol can be found in manuscripts, temples and art throughout cultures around the world.
The most common form of the 'Flower of Life' is hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.
- Holds within it the basic information of all living things. It is the visual expression of the interconnectedness of all life forms.
- See this symbol in your mind’s eye during meditation, or while chanting, as a reminder of your connections with all other humans and this world.
THE SEED OF LIFE
Seeds are magic, potent vessels of nature. They hold entire intelligent blueprints for life. They can lie dormant for ages before the conditions are ripe for them to burst into life. As a beautiful metaphor for consciousness, a seed represents the divine design within all things.
The Seed of Life is formed from a relationship of 6 circles around one. In fact, 6 circles will ALWAYS fit exactly around a 7th circle of the same size.
Each circle fits into this pattern like a lock and key, forming a dynamic field of possible geometric relationships which reveal the most fundamental shapes of Creation.
These 7 circles mirror our chakras, the colors of the rainbow & even musical scales! It forms a foundation upon which the infinite, fractal nature of life can be understood.
::beginning & completion, wholeness, diversity, fertility/regeneration, strength & balance::
Sri Yantra or Sri Chakra is a sacred geometric pattern that sages of the Siddha Yoga lineage and their disciples have used to unravel secrets of the Universe for millennia. A diagram formed by interlocking 9 triangles radiating from a dot, it is a geometric pattern that, Advait Vedanta sages say, is the key to mastering the science of creation (of what you want) and destruction (of what you don’t want). All 9 interlocking triangles lead to a creation of 43 smaller triangles; each one of these represents a deity associated with a certain aspect of the existence.
As you look at the yantra, focus on its center. This dot in the center is called the bindu, which represents the unity that underlies all the diversity of the physical world. Now allow your eyes to see the triangle that encloses the bindu. The downward-pointing triangle represents the feminine creative power, the womb of all creation, while the upward-facing triangle represents male energy, movement, and transformation.
Allow your vision to expand to include the circles outside of the triangles. They represent the cycles of cosmic rhythms. The image of the circle embodies the notion that time has no beginning and no end. The farthest region of space and the innermost nucleus of an atom both pulsate with the same rhythmic energy of creation. That rhythm is within you and without you.
Now bring your awareness to the lotus petals outside the circle—they are pointing outward, as if opening. They illustrate the unfolding of our understanding. The lotus also represents the heart, the seat of the Self. When the heart opens, understanding comes.
The square at the outside of the yantra represents the world of form, the material world that our senses show us, the illusion of separateness, well-defined edges, and boundaries. At the periphery of the figure are four T-shaped portals, or gateways. Notice that they point toward the interior of the yantra, the inner spaces of life. They represent our earthly passage from the external and material to the internal and sacred.
Now take a moment to gaze into the yantra, and as if in slow motion, let the different shapes and patterns emerge naturally, allowing your eyes to be held loosely in focus. Gaze at the center of the yantra. You are gazing on perfection: the golden ratio. Pure balance and equilibrium. Drink it in. Without moving your eyes, gradually and very slowly begin to expand your field of vision, lingering over each layer as you expand your vision. Continue slowly expanding your vision until you are taking in information from greater than 180 degrees.
Now slowly reverse the process by gently drawing your attention back in. Slowly move from taking in everything around you, and begin to narrow your gaze. Move your awareness slowly back to the yantra’s four gates, and stay there for a few moments. Then ever so gently, move deeper into the yantra. Drift your soft gaze slowly back through each circular channel of lotus petals and triangles and ultimately back to the bindu—back to the source. Take a few minutes to do this. This process of moving back to the bindu is called “involution”—moving from multiplicity, our multidimensionality to one-ness as you drift your awareness back into the center of the yantra, layer by layer.
You don’t need to stare at the yantra beyond a comfortable amount of time; five to 15 minutes is perfect. And now go through the process of evolution and involution.
After you have gazed at the yantra for a few minutes, gently close your eyes for between five and 25 minutes, and let the yantra unfold in your mind’s eye. This practice of letting the yantra unfold within you is a powerful part of the meditation, as the stored geometric images drift you back and forth between DOing and BEing. The patterns of creativity represented by these primordial shapes express the fundamental forces of nature that flow through existence and through you. When you are done with both parts of the meditation, feel free to just sit and slowly let the subtle nature of what you just experienced ripple through your thoughts, your being, and your breath. Notice how you feel. Notice the volume and the activity levels of the world around you and then become aware of the world within you. Just witness yourself through the whole process. And breathe.
Remember to be gentle with yourself, and take a few minutes to sit quietly before you resume physical activity. The trancelike effect of the sri yantra meditation can carry over into the next few hours of your day, so make sure not to drive or operate heavy equipment immediately following this or any form of meditation.