The Flower of Life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon.
The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter.
It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.
In this sense, it is a visual expression of the connections life weaves through all sentient beings, believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things.
This circle or ‘container of essence’ is said to represent wholeness, health, connection, unity, harmony and the cycle of life. It is also said to symbolize being one with life, going with the flow and reflecting inward. Mandala’s also contain geometric patterns which reflect and represent the geometry of the entire Universe. They usually have a focal point in the center which is known as the seed and is the starting point to the creation of the Mandala and all of life.
Mandala’s can be traced back through many ancient cultures including the Native Americans, Australian Aborigines, Hinduism and Buddhism. Through all cultures however, the creation of a Mandala is often a sacred process that can take weeks to complete. All Mandala’s are created from the center out and take on their own shapes, colors and patterns depending on the message or healing that is being evoked. A traditional Buddhist Mandala also includes four quadrants which are said to represent loving kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity.
These quadrants are also adorned with the colors- white, yellow, red, green and blue which are said to heal the delusions (ego) that obscure the soul.