Please joins us in welcoming Donald B. Carroll for November 2013 Author of the Month.
Donald spent his career working in Fire & Rescue, as a district chief, academy instructor, and paramedic. During those 30 years, he raised a family and pursued the meaning of life through extended study into the Cayce readings and other spiritual, scientific, and philosophical materials. Today, Carroll is a regular speaker and writer of metaphysical topics from Cayce to the Kundalini. He spent 10 years researching and writing his latest work, Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blue Print for Creation which explores unifying Spirit and science through geometry and symbolism. Carroll is also an international tour leader for the nonprofit Association for Research and Enlightenment, visiting sites of a spiritual nature across the globe.
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Sacred Geometry and Spiritual Symbolism: The Blue Print for Creation
The breathtaking beauty and mystery of the universe, including our world, have inspired many people. Our cosmos has motivated poets, writers, and scientists, noting just a few, to try to grasp its magnificent mystery. I would hazard a guess that every single one of us has, at least once in our lives, looked up at the stars or out over the waters at a sunrise or into the eyes of a newborn child and felt both awe and inspiration. An awe that we may not be able to define, but a feeling that there is a greater design than just a mechanical universe winding down, with our only purpose being to procreate for our species to survive on this speck in the universe called Earth. Deep within us we feel a touch of infinity, of eternity; it whispers to our minds and hearts that we are so much more than what we see. We feel, to varying degrees, that there is more meaning to the universe and to ourselves than just survival. We sense greater patterns and laws that govern not only the material, but also the ethereal. Even if we consciously deny these feelings within ourselves, we cannot help but believe that it is just that—a denial. We seem born with an intuitive sense that there is more beyond than what we see—that our being goes beyond our years on earth, beyond space and time. Whether we feel a leaning toward spirituality or science, ultimately either avenue is seeking the answers to the same questions: our meaning, our purpose, our being. Every single person has felt this yearning in one form or another. In Hamlet Shakespeare expresses this idea with his line: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” In his poem “Excelsior” Longfellow calls to this feeling of seeking, going ever upward, expressing that even when our physical bodies fail, our spirit continues.
Is there any evidence of a greater meaning, a shared universal consciousness that embraces the entirety of science and religion that unifies them in their goals?
There is evidence that surrounds us both in its simplicity and its complexity. The evidence is represented in two geometric forms that span the millennia in religion and science, forms that can be found at the very foundations of both schools of thought. These geometric shapes are the triangle and the parabola (arc) which represents the shared primal archetypes behind the archetypes of science and religion. They are the patterns or the building blocks of the universal laws and a conscious living universe that science is discovering and religion has intuited. They are the archetypes that permeate all the aspects of both in one form or another.
The shapes of the arc and the triangle are some of the most basic forms in two-dimensional geometry. The arc is a simple curve that we see formed in a rainbow or a tunnel through which we pass. It is an arc that creates a section of the path of a celestial object on its journey through the heavens. The triangle is the simplest polygon—three closed sides defining an area. It is a shape that is intrinsic to all other polygons. We see triangles every day in the roof shape of many of our homes and the supporting structures of numerous bridges we pass over. The curve (arch) and triangle are fundamental building blocks in architecture used for their strength and simplicity. They also are found in the core of biology and the fabric of the universe. The archetypes of the arc and triangle with their power and straightforwardness also exhibit themselves in religious and mystical symbolism throughout the world in various ages.
These forms are the linchpins of cosmology and biology from which the essence of life and religious symbolism are spawned. Their examination shows that the frequency of occurrence throughout history and the cultures within their spirituality are significant and emerge as cosmic archetypes that manifest at the core of science and human consciousness. They are two forms that clearly show the yin and the yang, the masculine and the feminine, perfectly containing their opposite counterparts in balance. From the triangle the arc can be drawn, and from arcs triangles can be created. Such is the reach and influence of these apparently simple forms that together they create a fusion for uniting science with spirituality. They are the archetypal forms that are the warp and woof of the universe, intrinsic symbols of both religion and science creating an elegant equation of unification. Elegant equations are what theorists call formulas such as Einstein’s E=mc2 and Newton’s “every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” Other such examples of elegant equations include “God is Love” (1 John 4:16) and “you reap whatever you sow.” (Gal. 6:7) Elegance is a term that applies to formulas that are uncomplicated and symmetrical, yet within such formulas are great scope and power.