In the course of identifying patterns in art, architecture, urban design & the cosmos through the lens of Secrets in Plain Sight, what I find always seems to boil down to sacred geometry.
What is Sacred Geometry?
There is no American geometry, no Russian geometry, no Chinese geometry because geometry is universal. There is only one geometry.
One quickly realizes that simplicity and geometry are the language of timelessness and universality. -Paul Rand (1914-1996)
Ancient sages and modern physicists say that the universe is pure geometry. Sacred geometry is the practice of creating microcosms of universal geometry. As such, sacred geometry is a mysterious mirror reflecting the exterior universe in your interior universe.
Experiencing geometry in this way naturally feels sacred. It is not religious or something to over-intellectualize, but the sacredness of geometry is definitely something to experience.
As an example of sacred geometry, for millennia geometers have been trying to reconcile the square and the circle, by length or area, trying to bring these two penultimate symbols of straight and curved, rational and transcendental, known and unknowable together.
Even though it was proven that “squaring the circle” exactly is impossible, it didn’t stop geometers from trying to find approximations because the drive to square the circle is part of the human soul. It is the desire to reconcile opposites, to find balance within duality and bring order from chaos.
How does Sacred Geometry differ from the Geometry you learned in School?
The geometry you may have learned in school is concerned with axioms, theorems, proofs, tests, grades and so on. This approach to geometry has been a particularly effective means to stimulate rational thinking for more than two thousand years.
“Almost from the time of its writing and lasting almost to the present, Euclid’s ‘The Elements’ has exerted a continuous and major influence on human affairs. It was the primary source of geometric reasoning, theorems, and methods at least until the advent of non-Euclidean geometry in the 19th century. It is sometimes said that, next to the Bible, The Elements may be the most translated, published, and studied of all the books produced in the Western world.” -Bartel Leendert van der Waerden, 1903-1996
Tip: See khanacademy.org for a 21st century approach to learning Euclidean geometry.
Sacred geometry has entirely different foci—the experiential and philosophical aspects of geometry. I find it amazing that we can explore the universe within using a pencil, paper, straightedge and compass. Why are these same tools so effective in exploring and creating in the world, and what does this say about the nature of reality? Where do the universe-within and the universe-without meet?
Sacred geometry is a particularly effective means of stimulating trans-rational thinking—the phenomenological world beyond rationality. Trans-rational thinkers retain their left hemisphere’s capacity to analyze, yet simultaneously treasure their right hemisphere’s capacity to synthesize and see interconnections between microcosm and macrocosm.
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. -Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
Sacred geometry hasn’t been taught much in the last two thousand years, perhaps because its practical value isn’t obvious. However, there is more to reality—and more to living life to its fullest—beyond obvious practical considerations. Geometry is an elegant vehicle that has the potential to move you to experience the exquisite sacredness of existence, which can be powerfully healing and transformative.
Do I have to remember anything I learned in School to explore Sacred Geometry?
The short answer is not really. Of course there is a basic language of points, lines, circles, angles, etc. that is helpful to recall. Prior knowledge of classroom geometry only enhances the experience but is by no means necessary. What you need to know about the mechanics of drawing sacred geometry can be learned in 15 minutes—it’s very simple and anyone can do it. There are no tests, grades, theorems or proofs. The purpose of drawing with the traditional instruments is to lead you to an experience, an experience shaped by the perfection inherent in the geometry, guided by your own higher wisdom.
I built a new website called Sacred Geometry Academy (http://sacredgeometry.academy) to initiate small groups in the universal language of sacred geometry in the course of intensive weekend workshops. This is the most effective way that I have found to ground the message of Secrets in Plain Sight in one’s own life. Personally experiencing sacred geometry in a small group can be a most powerful and transformative experience. The first such workshop was a great success and you can read what the participants wrote about their experiences here.
If your budget allows I invite you to make time to attend one of these events:
- Access extraordinary states of mind simply by drawing with pencil, straightedge & compass and adorning what you’ve drawn with natural materials.
- Move beyond talk into life-changing transpersonal experiences in a safe space where you can connect with your own inner-healing intelligence.
- See how everything around you is in a very real way interconnected by perceiving all-pervasive patterns of geometric order surrounding our lives.
- Learn to properly draw with compass and straightedge even if you have never drawn before. Everyone can do it!
- Enjoy a deeply rewarding sensation of satisfied completion with every drawing.
- Use the traditional tools of the Tibetan Masters—chak-purs.
- Interact with the archetypal forces operating just below the psyche’s surface.
- Harness the power of mandala to move beyond the thought stream of the mind.
- Feel group connectedness when co-creating a large mandala.
- Honour the impermanence of all things through a letting go / gratitude session.
- Give yourself time, space and permission to set aside the outside world for one weekend and explore geometry in a way that can facilitate a reconnection with your essential centre.
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