In Part II of the inspiration series, I will continue the exploration of some of Daemon’s sources of influence by taking a closer look at sacred geometry. Sacred geometry is understood by some to be the architecture of the universe and is thought to unite mind and heart, mind and body, spirituality and the world of
science. These geometric shapes are found everywhere in the natural world. The interaction of all things on the level of sacred geometry shows the observer the unity of the whole. For example, the Fibonacci spiral can be seen in a vast array of natural phenomena (weather, physics, organisms, etc.). Humans have a pattern-seeking brain, and as such we are both able to discover, as well as take some level of satisfaction from seeing, patterns. Sacred geometry has, for this reason, fascinated humans for thousands of years, even inspiring early belief systems. Next week, in Part III, sacred geometry in religious belief systems will be discussed some more, as many religious architectural pieces feature aspects of sacred geometry. For those of you that want to learn more, I embedded a video at the end of this blog post. Although the voice of the presenter is, truthfully, somewhat annoying, the video explains sacred geometry in a very holistic and thorough manner.
Geometric patterns seem to have inspired and fascinated humans for many thousands of years. The reason for this, one could venture to presume, is that the beauty of geometry is in its capacity to entice both the left and the right side of the brain. Geometry’s structural integrity, its straight-lined and disciplined look appeals to the left side of the brain, while beautiful spirals, like the logarithmic spiral seen in the chambered nautilus, capture the imagination and entice the right hemisphere of the brain. Because of the pervasiveness of such beautiful shapes in nature, the use of geometric patterns in tattoo art (or art in general) feels natural and appropriate; the possibilities are endless, and as such will almost always contribute to the feeling of the piece. Elements of geometry can give movement or tranquility to a piece of art, and anything in between.
Daemon feels a strong energetic connection to sacred geometry, and uses its influence both directly and indirectly (for example, in a pattern inspired by components of sacred geometry) in most of his art. A prominent feature in his use of sacred geometry is the flower of life. Daemon shared his thoughts on sacred geometry with me; these are featured in his own words in the “Daemon’s thought of the day” section below.
Daemon’s thought of the day:
Early in my career I had read about indigenous people in Peru known as the Shipibo. The Shipibo see life as a fabric of patterns surrounding every human being. If the individual life pattern becomes disturbed, then the person becomes “sick.” When this occurs, a shaman performs a healing ritual wherein he or she enters an altered state of consciousness, facilitated by sacred plant medicine, to see where the patient’s patterns have been disrupted and “repair” it by painting patterns of health on the patient’s and body.
In consultation with my clients, I tattoo sacred geometry designs or patterns, such as the Flower of Life, on the body to create a path for the flow of the life energy to transform the disturbed life pattern and, therefore, alter it.
Research of scientists like David Bohm and Rupert Sheldrake support this concept. Furthermore, both Bohm and Sheldrake have publicly recommended that artists and scientists would benefit from exchanging ideas and collaborating with each other.