Circles are everywhere creating structures within us, in nature and in our universe. Circles are profound and transcendent structures that form the basis of our DNA and can create harmony where discord exists. Circles represent wholeness, completion, inclusion, life cycle, eternity, heaven and earth, the universe. Circles have long been used in ceremonial practices and many of these long forgotten practices are being resurrected today. Walking the labyrinth, creating the mandala and prayer circles help us experience peace, healing and spiritual growth, relieve stress and achieve mental clarity, and insight. Labyrinth images can be found worldwide and throughout many cultures such as Greek mythology, in Hindu and Hopi images, in Christian and Gothic cathedrals and Holy lands. Mandalas, objects of devotion in Hindu and Buddhist cultures are primarily used and constructed as a form of meditation and chants to gain knowledge from within. They can be symbolic of the creators journey through life. Circles have no beginning and no end and simply flow, perfectly round, a path around a central point, an arrangement of people or things. Most significant, the circle is symbolic of equality, where no person is more prominent than any other person. Where everyone is allowed to speak and the words spoken, accepted and respected. It is the symbol that signifies family ties, closeness and protection. It has no break and holds that which cannot be broken. Each member linked by the invisible bond within the sacred space. It is the sacred space created by the individuals within the circle that connect them with a common knowing, understanding, compassion and love. Circles include with equity, they simply include in the circle of life.
Pyramids represent a sense of harmony and unity to which we aspire within ourselves. It represents achieving goals, building, moving upward, attaining, power and strength. Pyramids are the greatest monumental structures on this planet, some even visible from space. The four sides of the pyramid reflect the divine unity of person and their God. Three sides of the pyramid symbolize facing the heavens, one side the earth. There is the food guide pyramid, marketing pyramids and pyramid schemes.The pyramid was adapted by Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs in the 1940’s. It represents understanding human motivation and personal development and continues to be taught in psychology today, the basis being self-actualization, personal growth and fulfilment. The pyramid, personal growth, personal achievement, personal success, personal power. Making it to the top with drive, determination and steadfastness. Nonetheless, pyramids are built on the backs and hard labor of others, often times those less fortunate than ourselves. As you rise to the top of life through the pyramid model there is less and less room for others, finally leaving you standing at the top alone. Powerful. No doubt about it.
Today, I ponder the question of how lives are different because of circular thinking and doing verses the pyramid model of self. How does the energy differ in living these different models. Circular energy is shared and drawn upon to create strength, healing, acceptance and value, raising each other up rather than stepping upon. Circular thinking, knowing that my actions affect others within the circle like the flutter of one butterfly wing creating the energy of the wind cycles of the earth. Realizing that one tear dropped in sorrow combines with all the sorrows of the earth in the cycles of rain and storms. I do not know if at the end of my life lessons, I want to stand alone at the top of the pyramid yelling out “I made it”. For all the beauty of the earth, sky, sea and stars, I wish to hold the hand of another, to share in the glorious splendor of this circle of life. Gazing with my eyes round and bright into the souls that I brought to this earth with love, with understanding and acceptance that my circle is complete, my life purpose fulfilled.
Circle of Life, Composed by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice
From the day we arrive on this planet and blinking, step into the sun, there’s more to be seen than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done.
Some say eat or be eaten, some say live and let live. But, all are agreed as they join the stampede, you should never take more than you give.
In the circle of life, its the wheel of fortune, its the leap of faith, its the band of hope, till we find our place, on the path unwinding, its the circle, the circle of life.
Some of us fall by the wayside, and some of us soar to the stars, and some of us sail through our troubles, and some have to live with the scars.
There’s far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found. But, the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky, keeps great and small on the endless round.
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