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We can use this approach to symbolic geometry as sacred geometry by experiencing what the construction process symbolizes within us. We can do this by shifting attention from outside to inside, from the page to its viewer. Consider the point as symbolizing your own "center. Dancers and gymnasts gracefully work with the body's center of gravity to balance during motion. Undersea divers walk around at the bottom wearing a twenty-pound weight at their groin, the center of gravity.
Even when sitting motionless everyone has a psychological center of gravity, the thoughts, emotions, or desires with which we identify and from which we view the world at any given moment. Through meditation and self-contemplation we can seek a more subtle center, our higher or deeper self, the power that motivates the actions, emotions, thoughts, and desires. This center of gravity is not in space but in pure awareness, the "place" in you now aware of these very words.
Where do you "hear" these words? You may believe or doubt that there is such a center, but you cannot doubt the power with which you doubt. This power is the motivating power-with-which-we-are-conscious, identical to the heart of every natural form and symbolized by the center of the circle.
It is the seed of our mysterious ability to be aware.
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Only during psychological stillness, with no mental, emo- tional, or desire ripples disturbing the quiet "pond" of awareness within us, can we consciously approach our own deep sacred center. When you mark a point on paper, con- template it as representing a center of profound awareness about to expand, construct, and motivate the universe. Then look inward, silence the voices, and seek that center's corre- spondence within you.
The compass stands upright on it. Now we open the compass. This seem- ingly trivial act is an important stage in the geometric 1 he one Godhead , secret in all beings, all- pervading, the inner Self of all, presiding over all action, witness, conscious knower and absolute. It represents the first archetypal principle of the Monad: equal expansion in all directions. In many myths, the universal creating process begins with an expansion from a divine center, like the very first Biblical command, "Let there be Light.
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The opening compass represents the first mani- festation of God's light and Brahma's voice, illuminating A point within a circle was the Egyptian, Chinese, and Mayan glyph for "light. We assume that the water is moving outward but it's not. What we see is a wave of energy from the impacting pebble racing outward through the water equally in all directions. Watch a floating object as waves pass by. The object only bobs up and down while the wave traverses horizontally. Visible matter merely makes the energy pattern visible.
In a small puddle, attraction among the water molecules holds the wave together. Large ocean waves are held together by gravity. Unlike the still center, the circumference speaks of movement. We replicate this universal principle in our geometric constructions whenever we turn the compass around its point and scribe a circle. Symbolized in nearly every culture as a wheel, the circle represents nature's uni- versal cycles, circulations, circuits, orbits, periodicities, vibrations, and rhythms. Because cycles are a principle of the Monad, they are all- pervasive in the universe.
We are thoroughly enmeshed in cycles and periodic rhythms but notice only the most obvi- ous, like our breath and hunger or the time or season. Cycles characterize biological and inorganic processes in all organisms from simplest to most complex. The life cycles of plants and animals, from seed to fruit, all migrations, metamorphoses, hibernations and reproductive cycles are synchronized with seasonal periodicities.
Consider the slowly changing rocks that mesh their own long cycles of weathering, melting, cooling, crushing, compression, and reformation within a greater whole. The global circulation of weather, as well as the planetary water, oxygen, and nitrogen cycles are also well known. Circulatory System. Our heart is at the "center" of con- centric rings. The life of a man is in a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves.
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Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop. When one side goes up, the other goes down. Observe a rapidly cycling bicycle wheel or ceiling fan. When it revolves slowly we can see each individual spoke or blade. But when it turns faster our nervous system just cannot register the revolutions as discontinuous, and beyond about 1, cycles per second the spokes and fan appear as a solid disk. Look around at any solid object. Be aware that the appearance of its " surface" is due to rapidly oscillating atoms, which move so fast as to give our nervous Illusion of wheels.
Observe the spokes of a bicycle wheel as it spins. The ends near the rim are rapid and blurry while the ends near the hub move slowly and are clearly seen. The paradox of the wheel is that the rim actually does spin faster than its hub because, while they turn across the same angle, the rim must travel a longer distance in the same time. To do so it moves faster. Wheels, gears, cranks, dials, knobs, levers, belts, and ball bearings use this property for magnifying, diminishing, and transferring mechanical power.
For instance, a revolving door is easier to push toward its outside than near the center pivot. The same is true for our sense of hearing. A card held against turning bicycle spokes or the teeth of a turning gear will produce discrete sounds until the rapidity is such that the sound is perceived as a continuous hum. All senses are fooled by rapid cyclic vibration so that even texture, smell, and taste appear as continuous to our registration faculties. Every process is characterized by cycles.
The appear- ances of the entire world with all its natural and technolog- ical cycles are images rooted in the archetypal cyclic princi- ple of the Monad, represented by the geometer's turning compass. Cooperating with nature requires that we recog- nize the existence, and learn the ways, of its omnipresent cycles. Astronomical cycles. The nested cycles of the moons, planets, suns, and galaxies are documented by astronomers. Moons orbit planets which revolve around suns. Spinning star clusters group as revolving galaxies, which whirl among other spinning galactic clusters, parts of cycles beyond comprehension.
Here, as seen through time, the stars seem to trace concentric circles around the Pole Star. Clarke , English critic and scholar My career had begun in Washington and it would end there. I liked the idea of a circle being completed. Instruments of time reckoning from sundials and calendars to atomic clocks are struc- tural symbols of astronomical, atomic, and biological cycles. Hands of the analog round clock model the apparent path of the sun through the sky, or the Earth's daily spin seen from above the South Pole. Round Aztec calendars and those of other cul- tures were arranged on the ground as models of their cyclic calendar, socially and symbolically mesh- ing the structure of time with that of space in rounds of agricultural rituals, fairs, and festivals around a circle of locations through the year.
Asar in Greek and English Osiris , the Egyptian per- sonification of cycles. In general, gods and god- desses of the ancient world were personified arche- typal principles whose actions manifest themselves in nature. Asar, often depicted green-faced symbol- izing vegetation , personifies all cycles in nature. Here he revolves in the "waters" of chaos, lifting the sky goddess Nut into spiritual light. The wheel has come full circle. A circle is not just the curve but the miraculous space inside, which manifests WHOLLY ONE 17 A simple experiment with a single loop of string and graph paper, chessboard, or checkered tablecloth will prove the supremacy of a cir- cle.
Form the loop into differ- ent shapes and lay each over the squares of the graph paper. Count the number of squares each shape encloses.
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Although each shape has the identical perimeter because the loop's length doesn't change, only the circle covers the most squares. A circle expresses the most practical and efficient geo- metric space for natural and human creations to occur. Of all shapes, a circle encloses the most space by the smallest perimeter. In other words, the most enclosure with least expo- sure. The Monad's third principle is maximized efficiency.
Look for circles, cylinders, and spheres and you'll see them everywhere: Shields. A round shield gave the ancient soldier maximum protection behind the largest area while employing the least material and having the least weight. Manhole covers. Did you ever wonder why a manhole cover is round?