divine proportion

“It has always been known that the Greek craftsmen made use of a secret canon of proportion, revealed only to initiates, which they inherited from the Egyptians, who had preserved it from deepest antiquity. Blavatsky refers to it as the lost canon, and so it remained until it s partial rediscovery earlier this century by the American, Jay Hambidge. For many years Hambidge wrote and lectured on the geometrical types which determined the proportions of Greek vases, paintings,sculpture and which are also the basic model of plant growth and of the human skeleton. … His attempts to persuade artists and architects of the advantages to be gained from using the canonical proportions in design were generally unsuccessful. Artists, encouraged by a fragmented society to regard themselves as great individuals of original genius, have not in modern times cared to study the eternal gods of visual harmony.” ~John Michell

Divine Proportion

Mr. Michell wrote the above quote in his book “City of Revelation” in 1972. I believe he was fortunate enough to see a revival to some degree of respect for the ancient canon of proportion. Perhaps his books and teachings helped with that revival. In any case, what most call Divine Proportion is a real thing and respect for it is making a comeback.

Divine proportion may be complicated in practice, but is simple to understand. It simply means that certain proportions are more harmonious, more pleasing, than others. While there may be good, practical reasons to make things in other shapes, divine proportion is always best when possible. First, of course, one has to spend time studying the rules of divine proportion in order to follow them.

Greeks and Egyptians

The Greeks did get many of their ideas from the Egyptians, including those of divine proportion. The Greek philosopher and spiritual teacher Pythagoras was particular known for his insistence that geometry was a sacred science, not simply mathematics.

And this divine proportion geometry can be seen in nature as well as in things made by man. In the geometry of snowflakes, the arrangements of leaves o plants, and so on.

Many examples of divine proportion can be found in Egyptian art and architecture. But as Mr. Michell notes, they got the knowledge from even older civilizations. And that doesn’t just mean the Babylonians. It also means older civilizations that science doesn’t except, but they existed anyway. Civilizations like those of Atlantis and Lemuria. Civilization that all knew the laws of divine proportion and tried to follow them whenever possible.

Peace and Harmony

Most humans say they would love it if we could all live together in peace and harmony. We see memes about in on social media regularly. What they never seem to say is how to make it happen. Just wishing for it isn’t enough.

If the world we live in is not peaceful and harmonious, it should be obvious that e need to change that world in some ways. We could start by not treating the champions of greed and violence as heroes. Another thing we can do is make the environments we live and work in more harmonious according to the law of divine proportion.

Changing the color scheme can make a workplace more productive, according to color psychologists. They also know that we sleep better if our bedrooms are decorated mostly in the cool colors: green, blue, and purple. Proper use of color is a part of divine proportion. Such things as the arrangements of furniture, the heights of desks and chairs, the shapes of chairs, and much more all contribute to the harmony of the home or workplace.

Beyond the visual there is also harmonies to b found in scents and sounds. Listening to music that follows divine harmony helps make us more peaceful. Listening to hard rock or other disharmonious music or sounds has the opposite effect. And scents like lavender or peppermint are more harmonious than the smells coming from road construction crews and landfills.

Change is in the Air

While we can’t avoid the disharmonious things in life, we can expose ourselves to the harmonious as much as possible. We can decorate our homes according to the concepts of divine proportion. We can dress in harmonious styles and colors. Using scented oils and listen to good music regularly can help. If we work on making the world more harmonious with divine proportion, we may actually get peace and harmony.


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