Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Flower Of Life--What's so Sacred

Twelve Fifteen Twelve Flower,  duo-tone ink with pastel washes, copr 2012

Most of the people I know glaze over if I even bring it up.  So it's a cute pattern.  Big deal.  Yawn.  They don't understand that this is the essential geometric pattern for all matter, consciousness, light, time, space, all the religions--everything in the universe.  It is found all over the world, from ancient cultures in art and architecture.  It contains all five Platonic solids which are the basis for all  the elements in the periodic table.  It has had a profound effect upon history as secret societies guard its secrets to where any amount of suppression and violence is deemed alright.   The layout of Washington DC follows this pattern precisely.    And science is still discovering the relevance contained in this pattern.  Talk about aesthetics, I can think of nothing more beautiful.  This video is a cartoon that spells much of this out rather clearly.  Enjoy.   



Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

This is fascinating-absolutely amazing-thanks also for posting the video

William Cook said...

Hi Jan--I'm so happy to hear from you! I apologize for dropping out for a while. Everything just got too confusing. I've just begun to look into this stuff recently, but am awestruck at the realization that we didn't invent it--it invented us. It's downright majestic! Was that a cool little summary or what (the video)?

RH Carpenter said...

Looking at your painting, Bill; seeing the flowers, then the circles, then the flowers, then, wait...the flowers create the circles or do the circles create the flowers? Holy Geometry, Cookman!!!

Sonya Johnson said...

I am surprised I've never heard of any of this before, at least in terms of "Flower of Life" and Metatron's Cube. Most of my knowledge of these things just comes from physics and chemistry classes I took in college (such as the crystal lattice structures formed when atoms form bonds = the Platonic solids described in the video).

Anyway, it all adds a nice complement and narrative to your painting here, Bill.

BTW, welcome back to blogland. I was actually concerned something bad had happened to you. Glad to know I was wrong.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I enjoy reading about your thoughts, seeing your process, and learning about the roadsigns and loose directions of how you got there. The little cartoon is deceptive -- very beautifully complex ideas explained by a guy whose head isn't firmly attached to his body!

Steven W. Dunn said...

This rendering and your last one are so beautiful. The subtle colors becoming more vivid in some areas along with the line work's differences makes this inviting to study.
Everything is "of the same stuff" spiritually and physically. Sometimes through our own creations as artists we manage to communicate to others this wonderful connectedness. With these you have certainly done that for me!

William Cook said...

Hi Rhonda--I've noticed that too! The eye is moving around discovering more and more flowers and circles. Crazy cool phenomenon. Great observation!

Hi Sonya--The underlying geometrics is downright startling to me--I'd always suspected such but am just discovering some of the depth of it and how real this stuff is.

Thanks for your comments. I am so happy to hear from you after such a long interval. I've been visiting your blog often. Your wonderful pastel studies and related photos continue to delight me. I'll be chiming in. All the best.

Hi Katherine--Thank you so much for commenting. You know I didn't notice that the guys head wasn't on right. At first I couldn't stand the character but the content of the presentation covered the territory perfectly. I went on to see the 7th video in the series and utterly freaked when he began studying frequencies, light and sound--music--and the underlying geometrics. He showed a sine wave piece that resembled my work from the 70's. That's exactly what I was doing then, but didn't know how to talk about it to anyone. Visual sound (sort of). On the other hand maybe I'm the one who's head's not attached. Ha.

Hi Steven--What a wonderful comment. I could not have hoped for more than the appreciation you've expressed. Thank you.

L.W.Roth, said...

I guess "ditto" wouldn't be enough. I'm with Steve. Your drawing is phenomenal. Lightness of you touch with the pen is remarkable, yet you have created depth. It is an elegant drawing Bill.

As for which came first the flower or the circle. I'm guessing circle.--moon, sun, womb, breast...
This is fascinating stuff Bill. I think I'd like to start from the beginning.

John Brisson said...

You are so good at putting a "wow" in my day!


William Cook said...

Hi Linda--Thanks. I'm always drawn back to this pen and ink style of just free flowing movement. It's what my hand wants to do. Even the cross hatching is loose. The pieces just occur with very little prep or theme, although the introduction of these simple geometric forms gives it all a nice sense of purpose.

He John--Glad to be of service. Thanks for checking in!

Jann Gougeon said...

I must say . . I never understood sacred geometry until I watched this video (have read D. Melchezidek, and many metaphysical books)l. I don't understand it in a left-brain way but intuitively. (I am very left-brain challenged!) Thanks for posting this! Perhaps I'm a little closer to understanding my draw to circles, squares, grids, etc. in my art. Although I just let go now, don't try to understand anymore, and put on the art surface what "wants" to be there!

William Cook said...

Hi Jann--Super comment!

Wasn't that a great presentation?

I've known about sacred Geometry for several years through a friend of mine who calls himself a Pythagorean. All sounded nuts to me. Only recently did I bother to look into it, and wow.

Just saw a Duvalo Melchezidek piece today on youtube. You must be way ahead of me having read him. Very cool stuff.

My approach is right brained also. I think that's the whole idea--to go to the right side and to stuff all that left brained control mechanism into the background. I rather enjoy defeating it, while "letting go" as you say.

I admire you intuitive approach, and the idea of "listening to the art". It tells you what it needs, and goes along like an old friend--you know, with courtesy--until you go too far. When it beats you sore about the head, you know the piece is finished--sometimes not a pleasant experience. Great stuff, Jann---Best.

amun brown said...

Sacred flower life gives you the tips over meditation. So I want to do the tips over that. If you want to take the features of The sacred flower of life then ride on that.

William Cook said...

Greetings Amun--Thanks for noticing my humble efforts and leaving a comment. I'm not sure what you mean by 'tips'. In any event, I found my way to your website, and was delighted to read of your foundation in Kriya. I am a devotee of Yogananda too. I am familiar with Drunvalo Melchizedek, but have not explored his work extensively. Good to read of your interest in his book, perhaps I should read it upon your recommendation. I am quite aware that this simple graphic goes way beyond mere geometry in significance to just about everything we can dream up. Astounding. Thanks again for commenting. All the best.

amun brown said...

Hi William,
Thanks for your encouragement regarding meditation. I really enjoyed with your post a lot. I hope please you will give me the tips over meditation.