The people in the circle

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Imagine you could use the eyes of the first human being and look through them out into the skies. With these primitive eyes but not-so-primitive understanding, you will see the first and most amazing circles – the moon, the sun, the planets, the stars, and realize a grandeur that can be spoken in a circular language.

The circle is the infinite nature of energy. It means: inclusion, wholeness, focus, unity, nurturing, cycles, initiation, everything, perfection, womb, centering, revolution, infinity, mobility, completion.

In the center of it there is our comfort zone, the realm of the known, our home which dissolves itself into the realm of the unknown as we move on into the forests and try to go beyond our own limits crossing so the borders of our own circle.

For the Kayapos, the circle is the base on which they understand the meaning of life and the definition of the world. The circle also embodies for them a spiritual energy. They are the protective emblems that are not to be crossed by enemies or evil.

In Chinese macrocosmic symbolism, the circle expresses the shape of heaven, with earth signified by a square. When we see a square inside a circle in Chinese art, it represents the union between heaven and earth. The deeply significant yin yang symbol is circular, and thus speaks to us of encompassing the whole of duality with intent for unified balance.

In modern psychology the circle is a geometric archetype of the psyche. When combined with a square (archetypal of the body) it explains the relationship or balance between psyche and body.

The circle – this amazing and simple form with such powerful and complex meanings – is the only one which includes US in the grand scheme.

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