Beauty. What is life without beauty?
For me, life would become mere existence if there was no beauty. In that may lie the clue about the role of beauty in our lives and the practice of creating beauty on a daily basis, like daily rituals, prayer, and meditation.
Beauty is our expression of Divinity. Creating beauty changes our personal frequency and the frequency of our environment. Beauty brings about holiness and sacredness.
In Kabbalah, the sphere Tipareth (Beauty), is in the middle of the Tree of Life. Gareth Knight states that Beauty implies health and healing and that Archangel Raphael who guards the East, is an integral part of Tipareth. The East has always been regarded as the source of holiness.
Considering that Tipareth binds all the other spheres together, there is an indication of the importance and place of beauty in our lives.
Beauty is expressed in so many ways, in all aspects of life.
The beauty of nature, the colours of red and orange and pink as the sun rises in the East. The first light that appears after the darkness of the night, with that a reminder of the Divine grace and blessings that come with each day.
Beauty was very important in ancient Egyptian times. The makeup worn by the ancient Egyptians is evident in the statues of the Egyptian Gods which may be an indication of the holiness associated with beauty. And thus, when we as modern humans beautify ourselves and our physical environment we reconnect with holiness.
Our experience of beauty lies both in the creation and observation of beauty. The artist creating a beautiful painting and the spectator admiring the beautiful work of art, the Creator God creating and expressing Divinity to be observed and appreciated by other Creator Gods.
Kahlil Gibran writes about beauty:
“Beauty is life when
life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror
But you are eternity, and you are the mirror”