The Flower of Life – The Creation Pattern of Everything in Existence
Nature has given us the basic shapes that we see throughout our world and the universe. Geometric patterns are naturally noticed by all living things and they give us meaning a sense of stability, and pattern recognition. As such, The Flower of Life is part of sacred geometry. Beginning with what is called “The Seed of Life” it builds outward, eventually comprising seven overlapping circles that resemble a flower. The Flower of Life is viewed endlessly throughout the natural world and humankind has used it in art, architecture, literature, stories, and in explanations of natural processes. Wise Men and Wise Women have long held that the Flower of Life is the basic pattern for everything that exists and functions in the universe. There are many examples of its replication throughout human cultures, all based on the natural examples of the flower found in nature. It reminds us of the unity of everything and shows us that all things are linked, no matter how disparate they may seem. This article aims to explore a few of the examples of The Flower of Life and thereby illuminate how it threads itself into the tapestry of existence, forming not only a basic pattern that Nature has used over and over, but also one that likewise demonstrates to us and all living things that we are unified, together, and should endeavor to always be mindful of this interconnected and seamless cohesiveness that has existed since the universe was formed.
Sacred Geometry refers to geometrical patterns that are ubiquitous. Everything we see around us consists of patterns. Human beings have evolved since our appearance on Earth around seven million years ago. The recognition of patterns is inherent in our biology and has aided our survival. Likewise, we have held certain patterns sacred not only because they are aesthetically-pleasing and frequent throughout our world and universe, but also because they provide a sense of stability and groundedness. Aside from being simply beautiful to the eye these patterns of sacred geometry like the Flower of Life contain complex mathematical properties that are auspiciously found literally everywhere. We have replicated the Flower of Life since ancient times in our symbolism, our surroundings, and in our religious and spiritual ideologies. The so-called “New Age Movement” revived interest in the Flower of Life and other sacred geometric patterns, but the flower and the circles that comprise it are anything but new. Since our beginnings, humans have used the flower not only to tell tales and elaborate upon spirituality, but also to make sense of the world around us, to find our place in the grander scheme, and foster a sense of unity with all things.
“The flower of life is a geometrical shape composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a flower-like pattern with six fold symmetry like a hexagon. The perfect form, proportion and harmony of the [it] have been known to philosophers, architects and artists around the world. Pagans consider it to be sacred geometry containing ancient religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In the pagan sense, it is believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things and is the visual expression of the connections of life that run through all sentient beings. 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.”
Related Areas and Subjects
While the Flower of Life has been replicated spiritually and in nature, it also found in innumerable other areas of study and philosophy. Alchemy the study of combining base metals and substances contains a symbol called “Metatron’s Cube.” The cube is a derivation of the Flower of Life and used to symbolize a circle within which all of creation may be contained. Many philosopher artists like Leonardo da Vinci paid particular attention to the flower and its mathematical principles. In his drawings, Da Vinci created shapes representing such entities as a sphere, the Platonic Solids, and the Golden Ratio which are all arguably taken from the flower’s pattern and universality. Da Vinci also drew images of a basic part of the Flower of Life called “The Seed of Life.” The seed is formed by the first seven circles when arranged in a symmetry that is hexagonal in its basic symmetry.
Another derivation of the Seed is “The Egg of Life,” used not only by Da Vinci but also by earlier philosophers and students of nature like Hildegard of Bingen, in the twelfth century. Bingen drew the Sacred Egg and paid homage to the Flower of Life by likening the egg to the embryo of all things, a containment entity within which the origins of life and the universe are held.
“The Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt contains the oldest known examples of the Flower of Life. They are at least over 6,000 years old and may date back to as long ago as 10,500 B.C. or earlier. It appears that it had not been carved into the granite and instead may have been burned into the granite or somehow drawn on it with incredible precision. It is thought to possibly represent the Eye of Ra, a symbol of the authority of the pharaoh. Other examples can be found in Phoenician, Assyrian, Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Medieval Art.”
Ever since we appeared on the Earth, humans have been biologically conditioned to look for patterns, patterns and shapes that remind us of our place in the order of things, our unity with the natural world, and bolster our faith and spirituality. The Flower of Life is not only a beautiful example of our observations but also one that is given to us by Nature herself. We see the flower everywhere and in that viewing are reminded that we are sacred ourselves, we are important, and we are part of a grander order that not only gave birth to our existence but one that recognizes us and compels us to take heed of all that is around us. The Flower of Life points to the truth that we should be mindful that our actions affect all things because we are grounded in those things. As such, all that we do matters and should always be carefully considered.