I hate math. I’ve always hated math. Numbers and computation are boring to me and I used to struggle so much with grasping certain concepts. I love geometry though. I can do without everything else. When I realized I had a passion for physics though, all this hatred talk started and needed to subside. Now don’t get me wrong, don’t sign me up for the fraction club just yet. However, more abstract math concepts intrigue me. My dad, as a mechanical engineer, used to tell me that math is the only true science, for math is the truth. I didn’t understand what he meant until I was introduced to physics and math concepts that literally were made possible by a simple equation. In my studies of the metaphysical and first hand stories from friends, this is where I was introduced to sacred geometry.
In nature, and I mean all over nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos. Sacred geometry involves sacred universal patterns used in the design of everything in our reality, most often seen in sacred architecture and sacred art. The basic belief is that geometry and mathematical ratios, harmonics and proportion are also found in music, light, cosmology. This value system is seen as widespread even in prehistory, a cultural universal of the human condition. They are also symbolic of the underlying metaphysical principle of the inseparable relationship of the part to the whole.
Starting with what may be the simplest and most perfect of forms, the sphere is an ultimate expression of unity, completeness, and integrity. There is no point of view given greater or lesser importance, and all points on the surface are equally accessible and regarded by the center from which all originate. Atoms, cells, seeds, planets, and globular star systems all echo the spherical paradigm of total inclusion, acceptance, simultaneous potential and fruition, the macrocosm and microcosm. Incoporate spheres into your life by hanging art, room decor or stones.
The circle is a two-dimensional shadow of the sphere which is regarded throughout cultural history as an icon of the ineffable oneness; the indivisible fulfillment of the Universe. All other symbols and geometries reflect various aspects of the profound and consummate perfection of the circle, sphere and other higher dimensional forms of these we might imagine. The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, Pi, is the original transcendental and irrational number. (Pi equals about 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937511…) It cannot be expressed in terms of the ratio of two whole numbers, or in the language of sacred symbolism, the essence of the circle exists in a dimension that transcends the linear rationality that it contains. Our holistic perspectives, feelings and intuitions encompass the finite elements of the ideas that are within them, yet have a greater wisdom than can be expressed by those ideas alone.
The Square Root of Two
The square root of 2 embodies a profound principle of the whole being more than the sum of its parts. (The square root of two equals about 1.414213562…) The orthogonal dimensions (axes at right angles) form the conjugal union of the horizontal and vertical which give birth to the greater offspring of the hypotenuse. The new generation possesses the capacity for synthesis, growth, integration and reconciliation of polarities by spanning both perspectives equally. The root of two originating from the square leads to a greater unity, a higher expression of its essential truth, faithful to its lineage.
The fact that the root is irrational expresses the concept that our higher dimensional faculties can’t always necessarily be expressed in lower order dimensional terms – e.g. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (from the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 1, verse 5). This is exactly how I feel about the current state of CAM research. If we are operating with lower order dimensional equipment and not testing therapies in ways which are conducive to their founding principles then it’s like we are looking for a needle in a haystack that never contained a needle. Whatever we are looking for, we won’t find.
It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created. I’ve outlined some of the more common shapes and their meanings, as well as how you can incorporate aspects of sacred geometry into your daily life to encourage balance, unity, and love.