Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Fractal Dance

Most of the pictures on my blog are fractals.


Essentially, a fractal is a pattern comprised of smaller patterns, all identical to the original.  Each smaller pattern is, in turn, comprised of smaller identical patterns.  And so on and so on.
It, of course, also flows in the other direction.  The original pattern is one of many other identical patterns fitting together to form an even larger form of our aforementioned original.

 "Fractals are typically self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are "the same from near as from far"
Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale, or they may be nearly the same at different scales.The definition of fractal goes beyond self-similarity per se to exclude trivial self-similarity and include the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself.*


I view the universe as a form of (an imperfect) fractal . . . the physical and spiritual reality within which we live. Layers of energy and reality, stretching eternally inward and outward.  We contain myriad patterns and rhythms, even as we are contained by and comprise others.


I refer to it some in "The Eternal Dance" post.  Each of us is part of many rhythms . . . we play many different roles . . . 
touch many  lives . . . dance many dances.


Within us; wow, think of all the movement and action going on inside our bodies,  minds and souls!  How many dances are keeping our mortal bodies alive?  How many different thoughts and feelings are swirling around in there, continually changing and rearranging, to somehow be us?


All around us . . . nature . . . the universe . . . all the unseen exchanges between souls . .  .  between us and God, whatever that might look like or feel like to you . . . or, if you don't believe in God, whatever you put in that place within, which reaches out and beyond . . .


Infinite!  Alive!  Always, always changing, reforming, dying, living, 
coming, going . . .


Breathe.


One can always go more deeply inward; physically or spiritually.
One can always go further outward; physically or spiritually.


Vastness on the microscopic scale . . . vastness on the universal scale.


And here we are in the middle.


Each of us dancing to different beats; different patterns . . . often unknowingly feeling the rhythm of life around us and moving with it.  Sensing the rhythms of those around us and joining them for a time.
Sensing the rhythms and guidance within . . . listening and moving with them, or ignoring and moving in dissonance, causing disruption . . . pain . . . confusion.


Sometimes we know, feel and rejoice in the beauty around and within.  
As we grow in love, we grow in the ability to hear and feel the dance of Love, for this is our Source: Love.


I believe that the core; the center of everything is Love.    I believe the heart and foundation of this existence is goodness, harmony, connection, bodies/energies attracted to each other . . . all sorts of attractions to be found in this universe . . . forces . . . energies . . . it all works together.  
It ALL works together!


Love brings harmony.  Compassion matches my steps with yours.  Kindness brings my eyes smiling into yours.  Yes! The dance of love.  All that is good.  All that is beautiful, is part of this dance.
Many things we think not beautiful; not wonderful, are also part of this dance.
Many things! (Oh, how I wish it were not so.  But, the dance would be lacking without these "ugly" bits)


Remember.  Love always.  Embrace and move in rhythm with the dance you've been given.
Listen!  It is beautiful, the music we make, though our ears don't always fancy the sound.
See!  So gorgeous the tapestry we weave with our interlacing dance steps.


I rejoice in the miracle of movement and life within me.  I rejoice in the miracle of movement and life around me.  Indescribable, mind blowing . . . no words!!!


Each blade of grass.  The grace of a doe with her young fawns.  Deep blue sky of my beloved Arizona desert.  The rattle of my friend, the rattlesnake.  The stately beauty of the towering saguaros.
The brilliant night sky.  Could I not go on forever,  describing the beauty of nature?
Don't even get me started on the beauty and intricacies of people!


Rich and full.  All is rich and full.  The deeper you go.  The further out you go.


So, there you have it.  We're part of one huge fractal in which no two pieces are identical.
Even cooler than a fractal, and fractals are very cool.

*  
Gouyet, J-F (1996). Physics and fractal structures. Paris New York: Masson Springer. 
Mandelbrot,BenoĆ®t B. (1983). The fractal geometry of nature. Macmillan. 
Gouyet, J-F (1996). Physics and fractal structures. Paris New York: Masson Springer. 
Briggs, John (1992). Fractals:The Patterns of Chaos. London : Thames and Hudson, 1992.
Vicsek, T. (1992). Fractal growth phenomena. Singapore New Jersey: World Scientific. pp. 31; 139–146.