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How To Make A Universe

January 24, 2012

In the company of my sewing machine and a scrap of blue fleece, I recently had one of those earth-to-cosmos moments. Attempting to replace the neckwarmer I’d lost, I was figuring out how to make a three-dimensional ring, a torus, from a rectangle of fabric.

In the process, I felt myself becoming transparent to some kind of Big Secret, as if I were replicating in a small but significant way how the universe takes shape. The whole experience was poem-worthy; you can find the poem (including sewing instructions) here.

So what’s a torus (plural: tori; adjective: toroidal) and where does it live? As Foster Gamble says, a torus is an “energy vortex that you can see everywhere … in atoms, cells, seeds, flowers, trees, animals, humans, hurricanes, planets, suns, galaxies and even the cosmos as a whole.”

Apparently, the torus shapes the flow of energy and the form of matter in every nook and cranny of the universe. Toroidal forms include:

My neck gaiter is a ring torus. The human body may well be described as a spindle torus. Seen in two dimensions as in the image below, we find the body’s center, the hara, in the center of the vesica — the shape defined by the intersection of the circles. “The hara is the energetic centre of body according to Eastern tradition”:

The hara-charging Honoring Your Belly practice includes 23 power-centering movement and breathing exercises. The next-to-last gesture, the 22nd move in the sequence, is Heaven and Earth. With our arms upraised at an angle and legs in a wide stance, we indicate the shape of a torus; our belly’s center is the origin.

Wendy Howard’s article Does It Matter? on matter and gravity in relation to the torus is deep, complex, and illuminating. The article offers an animated illustration of toroidal energy flow as well as a hint on how we manifest our intentions. Here’s an excerpt:

All matter exists in a sea of consciousness which organises itself in multi-dimensional nested toroidal flow patterns around seed ‘ideas’ out of which matter ultimately precipitates, anchoring the ‘idea’, and giving form and expression to the conscious imperative in all its myriad expressions. This creates a universe of infinitely nested looping energy processes from the galactic level to the subatomic within an overall hologram maintained by the consciousness of the universe in its entirety, and which is toroidal in its topology.

As mathematician and cosmologist Arthur Young has said, “The self in a toroidal Universe can be both separate and connected with everything else.”

All I can say is: Enjoy your nest!

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