Saturday, October 29, 2022



Oil on canvas, 70” x 40”



The word "metacosm," is defined as a system that encompasses cosmos systems, both the macrocosm and microcosm, as a transcendent field of forces that is beyond the created world. I didn't know this word at the time of first thinking about this painting and idea but it really fits with what I am trying to show with this piece. Especially how it relates to the torus geometry, and how it is a type of meta-archetype or pattern in sacred geometry, that shows up in the way the universe organizes itself at all scales, from atoms to cells to planets to stars to galaxies. 

Metacosm is about imagining the cosmos as an infinite fractally nested self-generating and self-creating bifurcating multiverse, which if bifurcating inside of itself infinitely at every plank length instance of difference/expansion, could represent a branching parallel torus universe structure (or metaverse) within the metacosm, that would be a way of thinking about a 5th dimensional view of 4th dimensional emergent bifurcating timelines or universes, or a 2-D slice of 4-D branchings within a 5-D concept.

"This is a creating universe not a created one." 
— Walter Russell



The drawings for this initially where rough sketches of torus forms trying to find a shape and order that could nest within itself, which then lead to being laid out within an inverse square grid, with the torus as an expanding field/universe within a circle shape.

Initial drawings for Metacosm

It wasn't until recently when I discovered George Leoniak's geometric construction for the mathematics of the golden ratio that I realized how the Metacosm torus geometry and nested torus pattern can formatively interrelate with the phi ratio circles, the vesica piscis circles, and the circles from the inverse harmonic square grid pattern. 

George Leoniak's geometrical construction from the mathematical equation of the golden 
ratio (√5+1 divided by 2 = Phi (1.618…)) created from the vesica piscis. 

Circle geometry for the golden ratio equation overlaid onto Metacosm

Metacosm geometry studies - Phi ratio circles/Torus/Square grid.


The torus archetype, which is closely connected to the circle and vesica piscis, is both an archetypal field-form that is transcendent, beyond all creation, like the circle, and connected to the notion of the whole as a sphere, but then also is an archetype very present in natures way of organizing energy and matter into flows, vortexes, and cycles, into self-reinforcing self-organizing patterns or fractals, in matter and life and mind. 

As an archetype it seems specially preordinate, a-priori, and nondual, because it is both a formative transcendent background and static unchanging constant, but also an archetype of dynamic self-organizing fields, and emergent complex systems. It is an archetype transcendent of form but while also being emergent with dynamic form; both an archetypal blueprint-form, and an archetypal formation pattern of self-organizing fields. 

In short the torus is both a transcendent meta-structure and emergent meta-pattern, both macrocosm and microcosm; both above, and below; a Metacosm.

"The indication is of the notion of a plane of being that's behind the visible plane, and which is somehow supportive of the visible one to which we have to relate. I would say that's the basic theme of all mythology, that there is an invisible plane supporting the visible one."  Joseph Campbell

"Spiritual science seeks to connect the human being with the great laws of the universe, the great laws of the cosmos. The deepest impulses of spiritual science will be understood in the true sense of the word only when people realize how extensively we are actually searching for the connection between human beings and the great transcendental laws of the universe.”  Rudolf Steiner

"I believe that scientific knowledge has fractal properties, that no matter how much we learn, whatever is left, however small it may seem, is just as infinitely complex as the whole was to start with. That, I think, is the secret of the Universe." Isaac Asimov 

“Every moment is of infinite value, for it is the representation of a whole eternity.” - Goethe 

“The Universe designs itself … every particle, every molecule, every organism, every celestial body in the Cosmos, exists and develops in the context of every other.” – Paul Harrison

"The whole universe is based on rhythms. Everything happens in circles, in spirals." – John Hartford

"That which is now called natural philosophy, embracing the whole circle of science, is the study of the works of God and is the true theology. As to the theology that is now studied in its place, it is the study of human opinions and of human fancies concerning God." –Thomas Paine 

"The cosmological picture that emerges--a map in time as well as in space--is not what most of us expected. It offers a new perspective on how a single "genesis event" created billions of galaxies, black holes, stars, and planets, and how atoms have been assembled--here on Earth, and perhaps other worlds--into living beings intricate enough to ponder their origins. There are deep connections between stars and atoms, between the cosmos and the microworld. . . . Our emergence and survival depend on very special "tuning" of the cosmos--a cosmos that may be even vaster than the universe that we can actual see." —  Martin Rees 

"To the eyes of a human of imagination, nature is imagination itself" —  William Blake 

“What makes every real work of art of interest is that it reproduces the mystery of Creation which operates in the Microcosm as in the Macrocosm, in Man as in the Universe.” — Edouard Schure 




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