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Once again I am going to be exceedingly lazy and quote from Wikipedia:
The Flower of Life is the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter.
It is considered by some to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time. In this sense, it is a visual expression of the connections life weaves through all sentient beings, believed to contain a type of Akashic Record of basic information of all living things.
There are many spiritual beliefs associated with the Flower of Life; for example, depictions of the five Platonic Solids are found within the symbol of Metatron's Cube, which may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern. These platonic solids are geometrical forms which are said to act as a template from which all life springs.
References Drunvalo Melchizedek The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life Volume 1, Light Technology Publishing, Clear Light Trust, 1999
 Ibid Volume 2, 2000
 FlowerofLife.org - Meditation workshops
 SanGraal.com - Information regarding the Flower of Life, from the son of a Freemason.
 PaganAndProud.BravePages.com - Sacred Geometry
I first found out about the Flower of Life when one of teh guys I was doinga speech therapy course with mentioned it to me, this was some years ago. He was (perhaps still is) very much into it. I looked it up on the internet but didn't think much of it at the time; seemed like just another New Age trope. Later someone emailed me asking about it, and sending very large graphic files. I looked it up on Wikipedia, but again it didn't resonate much, More recently I encountered it in the work of Drunvalo Melchizedek, who has supplemented (but not replaced) Jose Arguelles as one of the formost mythopoeticists of the New Age.
I really need to write more about this, and maybe transfer some comments here, toa seperate page, under the New Age, which I will hopedully get around to doing. But certainly this seems to be an important New Age symbol.
As well as classic New Ageism, The Flower of Life has also been adopted as the logo for Earth Council 2012, an eco-spiritual group that recognises the unity and sovereignty of all beings.
Flower of Life - Wikipedia - perhaps the best intro
Activating the Hologram of LOVE - A New Spiritual Science? - An Interview with Alton of the Alpha, Omega Order of Melchizedek by Olga Sheean of Shared Vision (Feb/98) (from Qigong Healing Method of Ricardo B. Serrano) - combines Merkaba with Qigong, Mahayana Buddhist and other sources
Infovault - Flower of Life - short article, with graphics and links
World of Mystery - Flower of Life - short basic intro, with some nice images.
Merkaba - Taught through the Spiritual Awakening Program Levels 1- 4 - seems to be an advertising blurb, distinctive for the density of jargon - e.g. "The Melchizedek Method programs with the Flower of Life Orbital/Unity/Zenith Hologram of Love Merkabah processes".
The whole Merkaba thing seems to refer to subtle physical transformation. The inspiration would seem to be mainly astral, but New Age millenialist themes indicate a higher influence, perhaps Supramental watered down through Higher Realisation / Higher Noetic, in turn diffused through etheric / imaginal. But there is no concept of Divinisation of Matter within the Arguelles or Melchizedek traditions, the emphasis being instead on transmuting the subtle body. A very worthy cause, but not yet the final goal. In fact, with their emphasis on ascension, and Drunvalo Melchizedek's statement in one of his books that the physical Earth is dying so we have to move to a higher vibratory level (a cop-out that no eco-spiritual / eco-warrior would ever accept) it would seem that the Melchizedek tradition, despite its apparent value in transmuting the subtle body, is still based on the old defeatest world-negating yogas. There are very very few spiritual teachings indeed who have been able to break with this otherworldly mysticvism; Sri Aurobindo being among those very few.
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