Many of my friends and followers may know my recent obsession with the flower of life image. But, what is it exactly and why do I continue to make them?
Well, it all started in 2011 when I began to learn more about this image and its worldwide significance as a sacred symbol. I refer to it as such because, any of you who may know about sacred geometry, probably understand that it is a very special organization of circles that creates the foundational pattern for all of creation. Quite a mouthful, I know, but once you delve deeper into the flower of life meaning, you may come to appreciate why many refer to it in such a high way.
“The flower of life image is a powerful design and is the basic cellular geometry of all life; everything evolves out of this geometric pattern. It is essentially the creation pattern of everything in existence.” Nassim Haramein
I finally decided to try to create an actual flower of life, “Mandala Nomadess style”, as I was advised in a dream (long story). So far the process of creating them has been a very positive one as I describe more below.
Creating a Flower of Life Nature Mandala
In 2-dimension, it looks like a series of evenly spaced circles that overlap to form six-pointed flower shapes. When I design a flower of life image it is not of course exact, but my goal is to get the essence of the form using the natural materials in the wild environments I visit. These objects usually involve soft pliable forms like leaves, flexible barks or stalks that I can cut.
I trace the oval flower petal shape using a model that I cut around. Then I take my little petals somewhere flat and place them out, starting with the center circle and make my way around to form 19 circles in all.
The process is very meditative in that there is an incredible amount of focus in the moment for the pattern to line up somewhat even. It definitely needs to be done on a very flat surface, as I discovered through experimentation.
There is something about making the flower of life image that I really love. I am not sure what it is exactly, it’s more of a feeling thing that I can’t quite describe with words. It is a little different for me than making a “nature mandala.” For one, I know the design I am creating ahead of time so it is less of an improv experience. Currently, I am making one every week. I especially love what the image represents and feel like I am spreading their magic as I “nature paint” them on the earth.
What is the Flower of Life Meaning?
The “seed of life” is the first 6 circles that appear around the center circle which is called the genesis pattern and relates to the biblical 6 days of creation. Also, out of the flower of life design comes the tree of life, the egg of life and the fruit of life. I won’t attempt to get into the details but for any of you interested in learning more it is a very intriguing subject. The flower of life and all the patterns that can be found within it are intimately connected with nature from a geometric and, for some, a spiritual stand point.
I use the hexagon shape and 2-dimesional flower of life form in my nature art, but when you draw lines connecting each circle center-point you get a 3-D image called the Metatrons Cube. And, out of this shape comes the Vector Equilibrium, which contains all of the 5 plantonic solids. (Discussed on Shapes and Symbols page.)
As with all sacred geometrical patterns, there is a language behind shapes/lines and how they are placed. This particular image and 3-D version represents “radiant energy” or “free energy.” A kind of mathematical mandala with the encoded formula for a “new energy technology” that produces energy without combustion and is based on the, more harmonious, laws of nature… very exciting stuff!
I find it fascinating that many ancient cultures around the world have come to find the same revered meaning behind this design. It is depicted at sacred sites, like the in Osirian Temple in Abydos, Egypt (over 6,000 years old) and has been a significant symbol to many throughout history. The design can be found in manuscripts, temples and art throughout cultures around the world, including places like:
China – The Forbidden City and various temples.
Israel – ancient synagogues in the Galilee and in Mesada.
Japan – Various temples.
India – The Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Hampi, and the Buddhist Temples in Ajanta.
Turkey – City of Ephesus, in Izmar
Italy – Italian art from the 13th century
Spain – Cordoba, in ‘la Mezquita’
Also found in Ireland, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Mexico, England, Australia and more… so A LOT of places!
(For any of you wanting to explore this further, I recommending looking into the work of Nassim Haramein and also the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, by Drunvalo Melchizedek is very interesting.)
Make Your Own Flower of Life
The design starts by drawing a middle circle and six other circles around the center circle, which creates oval pointed petal shapes that form a six pointed flower. If you are drawing this image, it is best to use a compass to get the proportions exact. But, for nature art making, it is of course easier to cut the petals out of the material you are using (as I describe above). I start with the center flower, which creates the first circle and then I expand out to make, what is called “the seed of life.” After 90 petals have been placed, you have a flower of life, 19 circles total, and a hexagon shaped design.
“Leonardo da Vinci studied the flower of life’s form and its mathematical properties. He drew the flower of life itself, as well as various components such as the seed of life. He drew geometric figures representing shapes such as the platonic solids, a sphere, a torus, etc., and also used the golden ratio of phi in his artwork; all of which may be derived from the flower of life design.” Ladislao Reti
Flower of Life Meditation
Observing the flower of life design is one thing, but creating one is entirely another experience. It is one in which I hope that you will explore as well, whether it be through drawing, painting or placing these series of circles on the earth in some way. It is a very relaxing and hypnotic (in a good way) experience that seems to loosen the rigidity between space & time and our potential for a joy-filled existence here on planet mama earth.