Sacred Geometry as Life – An Interview With Karen L. French

Karen L. French started out in corporate management, but switched paths to explore how sacred geometry pulls reality together.  An author of two books – The Hidden Geometry of Life and Gateway To the Heavens – she has three more on the way.  In this interview Karen talks about her journey from the corporate world to mysticism, as well as  the applications of sacred geometry to everyday life.

 

MTPS:

You work with sacred geometry for a living. How does one qualify for such a profession? What did you study at university?

Karen L. French:

KLFench8Although I loved art, I was persuaded to study mathematics instead. As I enjoyed economics as well I took a Joint Honours in Maths and Management Sciences and also did an MSc. I didn’t take a single geometry class when studying mathematics at university. I thought I would spend my entire life in the corporate world – I specialized in product management, planning, strategy, packaging, corporate and personal identities, and logos. My multi-disciplinary background and corporate experience – research, and looking for patterns and how things fit together – actually proved to be very useful to me later.

MTPS:

That sounds like you were on a very conventional career track. What caused you to change directions?

Karen L. French:

I had children – that’s what changed everything. I didn’t want to give them to a nanny to raise; I wanted to do it myself. So I juggled a self-employed consultancy career and motherhood. I love my children, but early on, even with all things connected with raising a family, I found I had a deep need to use my skills and my brain in a much more personally fulfilling way. I truly believe that when you make a call to the Universe things start to happen. I was in my early 30s, frustrated with just being a mother and not using all my skills, and at one point I sat on the couch and asked out loud, “What am I here for? What am I supposed to be doing?” That was the point when things started happening. I started having very vivid dreams about shapes forming out of letters that started words describing their purposes in forming reality. I also found myself daydreaming about how it was possible to convey complex ideas without boundaries, such as consciousness and time. This marked the beginning of my interest in geometry and its purpose through the disciplines, particularly to represent ideas about reality. As my work progressed it became about symbolism in general revolving around sacred geometry.

I kept getting all these ideas, writing them down on little pieces of paper, and researching them. Once in a bookstore I ran across The Journey Home and when reading it I realized this was what ‘it’ was all about. And at that moment I could see my and my baby daughter’s auras, the room filled with a rainbow of colors and physicality vanished. It was a very emotional and intensely joyful experience. I could see auras vividly. While the intensity of these happenings eventually waned – which is just as well since it’s so easy to get distracted by them – I took this experience as a sign I was on the right path.

MTPS:

What did other people think about your new interests?

Karen L. French:

SG - PaintingAs I explained, I was deeply moved by my experience reading The Journey Home. I felt I had to share this, and so I bought a dozen copies of the book and gave them away to friends, telling them that they had to read it. This was when I found out that sometimes it’s not appropriate to share some experiences with friends, as they may not be ready for the information. Puzzled expressions, “Are you all right, Karen?” and “What are you doing, Karen?” were questions asked of me more than once. Yes, I lost some friends, but I have gained many others.

MTPS:

Why sacred geometry? And why a book?

Karen L. French:

My writing really wasn’t about sacred geometry initially; it was about looking at how reality fits together through the powerful symbolism of shapes and patterns. Sacred geometry as a focus of my interest emerged as my manuscript grew and I realized its central importance. I didn’t know about sacred geometry when I started. As I mentioned, I was writing down all these ideas. A friend of mine who was also quite intuitive encouraged my idea to I take these pieces of paper and make a book out of them. I thought, why not, it’s interesting and I really want to share my insights with others – envisioning a little booklet or a handbook that would take about a year to do. Three years later, after a great deal of research, further insights and a lot of typing, I had a manuscript that numbered several hundreds of pages and that measured about two feet tall!

MTPS:

You actually got that published?

Karen L. French:

Gateway to the HeavensHidden Geometry of LifeNo, at that point I had to face the fact that no one would ever read anything that dense so I began ruthlessly cutting. First of all I threw out all the difficult mathematical data and innumerable references. Then I started dividing it up and The Gateway Series was born. The first two books – Gateway to the Heavens and The Hidden Geometry of Life – are already out. The third book is due out in 2016. The fourth and fifth books are scheduled to be published in 2017 and in 2018/19 respectively, but may be later as they grow and change. Of course I’ve added to each individual book as I’ve gone along; some things weren’t available or weren’t known when I wrote my original manuscript and I have changed significantly myself since I first started. In fact the third book has evolved dramatically as a result of 7 years of my own experiences of using sacred geometry with the public.

MTPS:

How did the mainstream publishers receive your book?

Karen L. French:

Not very well at first. I ended up self-publishing the first book because the publishers that expressed an interest in it all wanted to change things that I thought were fundamentally important to the message of the book; for example, one publisher wanted to cut out most of the pictures, another wanted to publish it as a reference manual and remove the underlying messages and insights. But after I self-published Gateway to the Heavens and it was seen to be doing very well in the UK, it – as well as the draft of the second book – was picked up by Watkins Publishing Ltd. Since then both my books have done exceptionally well internationally and have even been translated into several languages.

MTPS:

In your books, you discuss math, architecture, religious texts, music, art, science and dimensions – just about everything possible. But in a nutshell, what is sacred geometry?

Karen L. French:

Sacred geometry is the use of geometry with sacred intent. In sacred geometry every shape has a function and, when used symbolically in whatever application, can hold or sustain energy. For example, using what is called “mundane geometry,” a person can create a chair. But should that person construct a chair with the intent that it will hold and carry power, that same chair will be a throne. A simple circle contains the energy of communication, connection and community. It’s not surprising that corporations find that circle-shaped tables – rather than rectangular-shaped ones – in their conference rooms facilitate the free flow of discussion. The power of geometry combined with other symbolism like colour is evident in every culture’s belief systems and throughout the corporate world in logo design, branding, product and packaging design, the representation of business and other models (e.g. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs). Sacred geometry helps us to create and shape our reality when it is directed with intent – this is the basis of magical systems.

MTPS:

In The Hidden Geometry of Life, you talk a lot about vibrations and sound – I had never thought of sacred geometry as being anything more than shapes.

Karen L. French:

KLFrench1These are not remotely new concepts. Geometry is held within the vibrations of sounds, as has been revealed by the field of cymatics. For example, in ancient India they developed geometric yantras and mandalas as tools for focus – as visual metaphors to help the observer move beyond the boundaries of the physical planes. When chanting Om, the vibrations of the chanter’s voice produce a circle with geometric patterns that directly reflect the Sri Yantra with which the mantra Om is linked. These patterns have been revealed on a cymascope. Both yoga and tai chi make use of sacred geometric principles as they deliberately move energy around the body through specific body positions and intent. Every feature of our body has geometry in it so with these positions and motions we are harnessing the geometry to affect us and to direct energy. There are many applications of sacred geometry – in art for example, another area that I explore. Because geometry is a universal language and is within every discipline, by extension sacred geometry is too.

MTPS:

When we talk about sound and vibration in sacred geometry, is this connected to what is referred to as raising one’s vibration when we meditate? And, if so, can we use sacred geometry to raise our vibration and experience and see things that we wouldn’t otherwise?

Karen L. French:

As geometry structures reality, when you raise your vibration you can only do so because of geometry. Because of this geometry can be used specifically as a tool, but it is not the only vehicle to do so. There is more to raising your vibration than just using sacred geometry because it is a process of Self-realization. Raising our vibrations is like going up a mountain, not hiking straight up but spiraling up around it. The higher up you go, the closer to the center you get – the closer to the inner Eye. Just like when you’re in the eye of a storm, you can now see things clearly around you as well the debris that circles you but that doesn’t touch you. Raising your vibration involves winding inwards to your center where you are present in the ‘I am, Here, Now’. It is a center that geometry affords. Vibration is raised by consciously living, being fully present and responsible in the knowledge that you create your reality through the intent in your thoughts words and deeds. This centering involves resolving your emotions and ego self – a message of the cross that highlights the center is to ‘sacrifice’ your ego to reveal your higher Self.

MTPS:

How do light and color work with sacred geometry?

Karen L. French:

Light is the fabric of our being. While geometry sets up fields of tension created by duality and opposites (like the magnetic poles), lights fills in the fields to reveal the being, a human, rock, planet, plant etc. Colors relate to the emotions that color our life, which is why color symbolism is also important. Interestingly color symbolism is not universal like numbers and geometry. It varies by variables such as culture and gender.

MTPS:

I understand that you also do art incorporating sacred geometry. How can people use that?

Karen L. French:

As I mentioned before, art was my first love and even though I chose to study mathematics it is a passion I have continued with. For most of my life my style has been very detailed life studies and still life. When people kept asking me how I used symbolism and sacred geometry I decided to try conceptual and abstract art incorporating the power of intent. Like yantras my art are ‘thought forms’ that are for connecting into using your mind to experience their effect.

KLFrench4The results have been amazing in terms of the emotional impact and other sorts of effects that the art has on the viewer. Now it has become a significant part of my life to create these imprints of reality coming through from spirit. Before my art came from the intellect, now it comes from flowing creativity. I liken it to learning to play an instrument and then allowing the music to flow through you. When I do pieces specifically for an individual the art ‘does’ many things for that person; it can heal, impart information, even have specific images within it, such as animal guides or places. These are not specifically put in there they become apparent when you study the art. I now believe that I never studied art formally at a young age because my life was meant to unfold as it did for it to get to this place – a place where my art has a spiritual purpose and is based a sum of life experiences that I would otherwise not have experienced.

MTPS:

I see from your website that you also give workshops.

Karen L. French:

Yes, but I’ve pulled back on those a bit until my children have reached the point that they are fully adult and more independent. My workshops originally began as a way to get the word out about my books, but I was traveling so much at weekends that I rarely saw my family. Once my children are grown I’ll definitely be doing workshops events more often; meanwhile I still travel extensively doing talks and lectures.

MTPS:

What happens in your workshops that’s different than what is done in your talks and lectures?

Karen L. French:

It’s interesting how the workshops evolved over time. At first it was just me talking about the ideas and information I was presenting in my books. Then, after a while, I thought it would be great if I could so something so that people could feel the effects of geometry. Once again I started to get insights, in the early hours of the morning, on how to do this through simple stances. So at the very next event I asked the audience to stand up. They did, albeit most of them rather reluctantly. Then I asked them to stand in various ways – very simple, not onerous – and the effects were immediate and insightful for everyone! I have also done workshops on intuitive art, but again have put these on hold for a while.

Over the last five years I’ve developed an entire series of what I call “sacred geometry stances.” I’ll be covering them in my next book of the series, which will focus on sacred geometry and the individual, and what each person can do to bring sacred geometry into his or her life using their body.

MTPS:

Both Gateway to the Heavens and The Hidden Geometry of Life have been out for a while. You’ve also been doing talks and holding your workshops during this time. What reactions have you received from people?

Karen L. French:

Overwhelmingly positive and expressed in many different ways. I love to see copies of my book with lots of notes scribbled in them or yellow stickies hanging out as they are to be used as a resource. The best have been the comments from people saying that they finally understand sacred geometry and why it’s important. Others tell me that they’ve been inspired to integrate sacred geometry into their daily lives, their business or even given them inspiration to create something new for themselves. For example, one man reported that the information in my books had motivated him to start his own business building pyramids for meditational purposes.

MTPS:

If you could tell everyone in the world one thing about sacred geometry, what would you want them to know?

Karen L. French:

Sacred geometry is a universal language that is the blueprint of reality. When you live consciously and with intent, you are creating that reality, as well as affecting everything else as well. By working with sacred geometry, light and sound with positive intent amazing things can happen to you!

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For more information about Karen’s books, events and artwork, visit her website at: http://www.karenlfrench.com/

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One Comment

  1. I enjoyed this interview very much and can so relate to the journey.
    Sacred Geometry is so fascinating and I appreciate that the books are
    for all people. Thank you for that.
    Nancy Jeane

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