The Pyramid: A Demonstration

I'm forgoing my usual colorful backgrounds in the hopes of making this a bit simpler to follow. It really isn't all that complicated to do, but there are so many ways that everything ties together, that in the explanation, it tends to appear complicated.

You're going to need some tools if you want to try this for yourself instead of just taking my word for it.

  • Several pieces of plain white paper (printer or copy paper works great)
  • A ruler
  • Colored pencils: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and black
  • A pair of scissors
  • A protractor or some other way to measure the size of angles

That's all you'll need. Here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Draw a triangle (using your ruler as a straightedge) of any shape on a piece of white paper using your black pencil.
  2. Find the midpoint of each line and mark it so you can find it for the next step.
  3. Draw a line connecting the midpoint of each side with that of the other two sides.
  4. Draw a line from each angle of the large "exterior" triangle to the midpoint of the side opposite to that angle.

Now, I'd like you to take notice of a few things.

  1. No matter what shape your original triangle is, when you connect the midpoints of each side, you form a second "interior" triangle that has the same angles as the exterior triangle, only rotated 180.
  2. No matter what shape your original triangle, when you connect that angles with the midpoint of the opposite side, all three lines intersect at the exact center of the both the interior and the exterior triangles.

I could go into long geometric proofs of why this is so, but I'll spare you those. This will work for ANY triangle, regardless of its shape.

OK, now lets cut out our big "exterior" triangle. Now fold each corner of the triangle along the line that connects the midpoints (in other words, along the sides of the "interior" triangle.) Unless you have at least two sides the same length, the points of the folded sides will not meet at the same point.

A few more geometric facts before we continue.

  1. The triangle is the stablest of geometric figures. It is the ONLY figure in which you cannot change the length of any one side without changing the lengths of the remaining sides as well as changing all of the angle sizes.
  2. It takes 3 distinct points to define a plane. This is why a 3-legged stool will never wobble when all 3 legs are on the ground.
  3. The midpoint of a line can also be called its "point of balance". If you imagine a line to be like a teeter-totter, the midpoing of the line will be the only place where the line will balance perfectly level.

Now let's do the exercise all over again on a new sheet of paper. Except that this time, make all the sides of the triangle the same length. (The easiest way to do this is by drawing one line and then measuring a 60 angle at each endpoint of that line.) Draw a line from each endpoint to the angle mark and continue that line until these two lines intersect.

A bit of "explanation", so to speak, on where this exercise is going to take us. We live on a physical plane. Our physical existence is defined by our three-fold nature: our body, our minds and our emotions. So let us color code and label our triangles. Color one side red, and call it "body". Color one side yellow and call it "mind". Color one side blue and call it "emotions". (Note that these are the three primary colors. Also, there is a bit of a "natural" choice to the colors: red is the color of blood. Yellow is the "light" that goes on in our brains when we have a thought. Blue is often used to describe a feeling of melancholy or sadness.) Now imagine, if you will, that these sides are like hollow pipes with the appropriate color paint circulating through them. We're now going to connect the midpoints as before. When we balance body and mind, (remember that the midpoints are also "points of balance") we have red and yellow flowing in the same pipe, creating orange. When we use the energies of the body and the mind, we create our free will. We think of something and use our body to act on that thought.

When we balance the mind and the emotions, we have blue and yellow in the same pipe, creating green. When we use the energies of our mind and our emotions, we create our conscience. We think of something and then think of how it makes us feel or how it might make others feel.

When we balance the emotions and body, we have blue and red flowing through the same pipe, making purple. When we use the energies of the body and emotions, we create (give birth to) the "mother of emotions"...Love. All other emotions are some form of love, even if twisted and turned back on itself.

These three new lines: orange (free will), green (conscience) and purple (love) define the smaller interior triangle. The "inner self" or our spirit. Our spirit is defined by how we act, what we consider right and wrong/good and bad and how we love.

Now we connect each of the angles with the midpoints of each side. Use your black pencil to do this for now. As noted before, all three lines will intersect at the exact center of the triangle. It's now time to cut out the triangle.

You'll notice that this triangle exists in a single plane. It is a two dimensional object in that it has no "depth". This is symbolic of considering humans as being simply a physical being of only body, mind and emotions. There is another "dimension" to us, our spirit. We seek to "elevate" ourselves above merely existing and try to "live" by becoming more like our Creator. We can demonstrate this by folding our exterior triangle along the lines that connect our midpoint (and also "define" our spirit). When you do this, you will notice that, with the lines all the same length (in other words, balanced), all the points meet at one point to form a pyramid. You will see that there is a line from the midpoint of the orange, green and purple lines that all meet at a point at the top. These are symbolic of us "raising" our conscience, free will and love to a "higher plane".

When we use our conscience (a combination of mind and emotion energy) and our bodies (the line that intersects the conscience line starts on the body line), we get "right action". Our bodies do what our conscience says is right.

When we use our free will (a combination of mind and body energy) and our emotions, we get "God's will". When we combine free will with the mother of emotions (love...and God is Love), we strive to make our will that of the divine.

When we use our love (a combination of body and emotion energy) with our mind, we get unconditional love. When we combine love and reason and take it to it's "highest good", we realize all deserve to be loved.

Again, notice that the "point" at the top of the pyramid is directly over the center of the triangle below. In other words, when we have our own existence (body, mind, emotions) in balance and then strive to reach our "highest good", the "One" is naturally at the center of our essence. The point can also be seen as projecting itself onto the physical plane through the use of body, mind and emotion (which are the only lines that actually reach from the higher plane to the earthly plane), and as it "descends" it gets "denser" until is takes an actual shape in that dimension and "defines" a spirit below, that is centered in the physical incarnation called a human being.

I'm sure that there are many other connections and symbolisms that could be found using this model, but it is not for me to find them all for you. In case anyone is wondering, this idea came to me one night out of "nowhere" and I've had it sitting here for many years, not quite sure what to do with it. It seems to me that the time is right to now try to use this model to explain our human existence.

I hope that maybe this helps someone to understand something a little better. If nothing else, it at least gives everyone who thinks it was a waste of time the opportunity to think "Well, at least I have a life and don't sit around coming up with lame ideas." LOL

Finally, I've included a graphic that I made to illustrate the final triangle. If you want, you can print out the graphic and actually cut that one out to fold it. Although, given the limitations of my graphic ability to date, I can't guarantee it's a perfect equilateral triangle. But it's close.


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