Rainbow Grocery on 14th and Folsom Street is great because it carries fresh and unique produce from relatively local farms. A few weeks ago I bought a Romanesco broccoli head because of its amazing natural appearance fascinated me. I love to cook with different things so this tickled my fancy. Little did I know this would lead me to a strange yet tranquil place called the Sound and Consciousness Institute.
After looking up more on my precious broccoli I found that it had relation to something called the Flower of Life. The Flower of Life is the symbol of life intertwining with all beings. It is based on the mystical knowledge discovered through sacred geometry.Sacred geometry shows patterns of creation based on religious structures and natural existence. This means that the location, shape, size,and placement of centers of worship are thought to be based on a geometric alignment that was planned by a God.Numerous religions such as Judaism, Paganism, and New Age reference these mathematics as their connection with a higher being.
Basically followers see signs of creation and being in forms of architecture, art, nature, and music. But so what? why get into all of this? There is a lot to explain about all of this and somewhat confusing since this belief seems to relate itself to everything…absolutely everything. Personally I say that things are just being and there doesn’t have to be an explanation behind it all. But these opposing views are what lead me to stumble into the Sound and Consciousness Institute on 6th and Bryant Street.
Weeks had gone by since I looked up the meaning behind my broccoli and I had almost wanted to forget about trying to understand sacred geometry. But as I was walking down Bryant Street on a windy Sunday I passed this 90s looking building adorned with signs promoting health treatments using sound and music…and it all had to do with sacred geometry. Why not? I just happened to pass by on the day they were holding a free workshop. So I went in and experienced something I found quite strange and therapeutic. As I walked into the building and up the stairs I found a room full of diverse people: young, old, couples, singles, white, black, hippy, corporate sort. They were people you imagine seeing anywhere in the City. They were there sitting amongst pillows, Flower of Life posters, a giant sound board hooked to massive amplifiers and singing bowls.
As I sat down the group had just finished going over some calculations of brain waves equating to emotion triggers, as evidence of a whiteboard showed. I slowly began to understand that the workshop was all based on sound and music emanating frequencies that effect how we center ourselves. That our emotions depend on what sound level we are hearing. The instructor then switched on the sound board to play the sounds of crickets, slowed down to an extremely slow rate, which in returned played back sounds like singing sirens. This was supposed to explain how the variations of sounds depend on their Theta, Delta, Alpha, and Beta level.
Everyone there was very much into and strong believers of sacred geometry but I was enjoying the sounds. Even if you don’t believe in these things like I do, you have to give the Sound and Consciousness Institute credit for having an amazing array of trans music that will put anyone in a relaxed mood. Not to mention they have a chair that rotates and vibrates according to the music being played. I was on it for 20 minutes listening to ocean sounds as my chair rumbled to the crashing waves.