Building Blocks of Life

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February 23, 2021| Christine

“Learn how to see; realize that everything connects to everything else”
Leonardo Da Vinci

The molecules of our DNA, tree rings, a human fingerprint, a snowflake, a seashell, lungs, tree branches, human veins, leaf veins, a river network, the stars, the milky way galaxy, the universe. What do all of these have in common? They – we, the world, all life form – are created out of geometric codes. You didn’t misread that last sentence! It did say ‘geometric codes as in ‘geometry’ and in ‘mathematics’. But wait, how is math the common denominator (pun intended) between all of these things? Two words: sacred geometry.

Heidi Ukkonen-Small Dreams, 2020-Egg-tempera acrylics and airbrush on linen-180 x 150 cm Geometric patterns present in everyday items (table clothes, curtains, natural design of flowers etc.).

Wellness practitioner Michelle Harris puts it as simple as it gets; “many teachings have described Sacred Geometry as the blueprint of creation and the genesis, the origin of all form. Sacred geometry is considered an ancient science that explores and explains the energy patterns that create and unify all things and reveals the precise way that the energy of creation organizes itself. It is said that every natural pattern of growth or movement comes back to one or more geometric shapes.” So basically, sacred geometry is the (mathematical) blueprint of all life. And the most mind-blowing part about all of this? The evidence has been in front of our noses this entire time! Think about the geometric ratios and figures that are dominant in prehistoric megalithic structures such as Stonehenge, the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the Mayan pyramids, Indian temples, and Roman architectures – to name a few. Ancient civilizations designed some of their most sacred structures through the use of sacred geometry. That is incredible if you ask me!

Miki Matsuyama-F.A. 33 Mirror Designed by Gio Ponti, 2020-Acrylic canvas-120 x 120 cm Geometric designs are particularly dominant in interior design

So, how many of these geometric shapes exist if they make up the entire world?
There are actually only 5 sacred shapes; known as the Platonic Solids and named after Greek philosopher Plato. According to Plato, each of these 5 shapes corresponds with one of the elements: earth, fire, air, water, and ether. Platonic Solids are congruent; have equal sides and angles and have the same number of faces that meet at the vertices. These 5 geometric shapes are the building blocks of the world as we know it. They are tetrahedron (symbolic of balance and stability), hexahedron (symbolic of grounding energy and focus), octahedron (symbolic of self-reflection), dodecahedron (symbolic of fluidity), and icosahedron (symbolic of our ability to connect with the higher resonance of our true nature).
Some basic shapes and some of their meanings are the triangle (symbolic of balance and harmony), circle (symbolic of wholeness, oneness, unity, never-ending, eternal constant), square (symbolic of solidity, grounding, stability, earthly). Other more complex shapes take on slightly more complex meanings and intentions. Remember the Vitruvian Man drawing by Leonardo da Vinci? It was basically a compilation of sacred geometry principles! Da Vinci was known to integrate visual harmony of mathematical formulas in his art.

The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci around 1490

So, what other artists used sacred geometry?
Many artists, particularly renowned Renaissance artists, integrated geometric proportions – such as the Golden Mean – in their art. The Golden Mean is a mathematical law the represents Infinity. According to the Golden Mean (also known as the Golden Ratio), everything has the ability to divide and subdivide continuously for eternity. The Renaissance period was quite significant as it brought to light knowledge about geometry (among other fields) that would prove to be beneficial to the future development of mankind. Some renowned artists that practiced sacred geometry include:

Raphael: ‘The School of Athens’ in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace
Leonardo da Vinci: ‘The Last Supper’, ‘The Vitruvian Man’, ‘The Mona Lisa’
Michelangelo: ‘The Creation of Adam’, ‘Creation of Eve’, ‘The Separation of Land and Water’, all of which are located inside the Sistine Chapel

From the dawn of civilization to present times, artists, thinkers, architects, philosophers, mathematicians, historians, scientists, who have been at the forefront of their fields, have studied and practiced sacred geometry. All the while, it remained hidden, unfamiliar, un-heard. Until now. “All of nature is geometric. As we engage with geometry, we engage with the mind of Source. Sacred geometry reminds us of the deep interconnection between everything in the Universe, and beyond, proving we share a collective consciousness. Through sacred geometry, we are reminded that everything comes from and returns to the same Source. When you explore and engage with sacred geometry, you are exploring and engaging with the mind of Source, or Spirit. When you understand the basics of sacred geometry, you deepen your connection with life itself.” – Dr. Athena Perrakis

Miki Matsuyama-Cy Twombly's Home in Rome, 2020-Acrylic canvas-112 x 145.5cm Sacred geometric patterns surrounding us any and everywhere, so much so that we often miss it.

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