The Flower of Life
We’ve all seen this symbol many times before, whether it be on tshirts, stickers, water bottles etc. It’s a symbol commonly known, that not many people are aware of its significance; It’s not just a beautiful popularly well-known mandala. There is a deeper meaning behind the symbol.
The Flower of Life is a symbol of Sacred Geometry, depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. It basically symbolizes the core of creation. Meaning that everything in the universe comes out from this single pattern. It may be hard to understand, but this pattern represents everything. Whether it be language, emotions, music, thoughts, even ourselves- everything comes from this image.
This symbol has been found in many ancient civilizations from all parts of the globe, such as Ireland, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, China and many more. Not only is it found everywhere in the world, it’s also known as the same name – “the Flower of Life”.
The most common form of the “Flower of Life” is a 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.
So how has physical reality manifested itself from this symbol?
It’s easier to explain with understanding the basic pattern within the flower of life known as the Seed of Life. The Seed of Life (also known as the Genesis Pattern) is a symbol that depicts the Seven Days of Creation in the Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible.
In the first (Genesis 1:1–2:3) Elohim, the Hebrew generic word for God, creates the heavens and the earth in six days, starting with light on the first day and ending with mankind on the sixth, then rests on, blesses and sanctifies the seventh.
So, if we can imagine “consciousness” or “spirit” floating in a void, with no physical body, floating in nothing. Then imagine that consciousness expands itself as far as it can go, creating a sphere, known as the first sphere of the Seed of life. Then imagine the sphere moving to the edge of the sphere, doing exactly as it did the first time- expanding its consciousness creating a second sphere. The creation of the second sphere can be considered as the first day of creation in the book of Genesis; where light had been created. These 2 spheres create the Vesica Piscis which contains geometric information about light. Imagine the sphere continues on and on for each subsequent day until all spheres construct the Seed of Life, on the 6th day of creation. The seventh day, is known as the day of rest.
Understanding the meaning of these symbols can go on and on into different tangents regarding more symbols of Sacred Geometry. Understanding the Flower of Life can help us in understanding how the universe works, with regards to our thoughts and consciousness, with how we are all connected and one. That everything is energy and a creation of our thought process.
This symbol is even a great tool for connecting during meditation. Even just simply drawing the pattern for ourselves, we begin to see things in a new way. Even simply gazing and meditating at the pattern effects our blueprint, our DNA. By studying the nature of these forms and their relationship to each other, one may seek to gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic and mystical laws of the universe.
Consider this information and take it in with an open mind. At Shambhala, we value and appreciate the meaning of this symbol so much, that we’ve printed it on our bags that come with every purchase! 😀 We want to spread the knowledge and wisdom that this divine symbol represents. We hope you enjoyed this post and have a better understanding of – The Flower of Life. <3