12) Harmony is attained through the Sacred Spiral. Linear thinking cannot achieve balance.
I thought at one time that I understood this principle clearly, though I am not so certain now, that I do. The Sacred Spiral has come to mean so many things to me, not all of them having to do with our journey through this life. The DNA comes to mind, first of all when one thinks of the Sacred Spiral, also the Fibonacci Spiral which expands in “squares” of the number, so prevalent in nature. The spiral is how our planets move through space, and our galaxies. So the principle may have more to do with how the Creator put us all in motion than how we will get to a place of harmony, except that, moving at all in this universe is sort of by spiral, when you think of the planet’s movement as you cross the street. Be careful, the very thought can make a person dizzy.
When contemplating the Circle of 5ths in music, the means whereby harmony is part of the entire composition, it is not difficult to grasp that the spiral is needed to create harmony, but then, that would mean that we would need to understand ourselves more completely as musical instruments being constantly tuned, than even as humans. I wonder, though, if that, indeed, is what we are; Instruments with free will, able to play whatever music we choose, and only really sounding “good” when we sing the song we were designed to sing. I don’t know, but that would mean that we would need to treat ourselves much differently from birth to death, would it not? The body is a musical instrument, and we need to keep it clean and practice the music often. Hm.
Yet, when one thinks of linear thinkers, one is put in mind of soldiers or mathematicians, who must think in terms of events and causation. Superb quality to have, linear thought, in context. Then why would it not lead to harmony? Mm, perhaps this addresses, then, the flexibility of musical improv as opposed to the regimentation of an entire flank of soldiers. That would make a bit more sense. One can be fully improvisational in music and remain in harmony, “key” with the piece one is playing, yet, if one attempted that kind of improvisation with most mathematical equations, I cannot perceive of anything other than gobbledegook.
OK, I can see that, we must remain flexible and able to move lightly and with grace if we are to remain in harmony with the whole. One soldier, given the music and a pretty girl, can dance rather well, if given the right circumstance, but it is not easy for an entire regiment to dance to the music, eh? (but, even in math, there is room for harmony, look at that spiral, knowing that what fibonacci used to explain it was indeed mathematical in nature.) This will take some more thought. Please add yours if you wish!