Crystal gridding is becoming an increasingly popular form of artful meditation. Some people seem to inherently have the “magic touch” and a massive collection to create with. It doesn’t take much scrolling on Instagram to stumble upon some meticulously arranged and artfully photographed masterpieces. To some, these pictures are inspiring and get the creative juices flowing, but to others they are an intimidating still frame of a rather mysterious practice. Whether gridding is a daily ritual, or an artform still undiscovered, I’m certain this post can shed some light on the discipline across the board.
The origins of sacred geometry can be traced all the way back to Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures around 2000 BCE. Their mysterious architecture still stands today and little more is known about how they assembled these ancient geometric marvels. In the simplest of terms, sacred geometry is made up of perfect mathematical ratios represented repeatedly in nature from the tiniest of partials all the way up to the unfathomable cosmos. Sacred geometry was not invented, but rather discovered. It has played an enormous role throughout history in art, architecture, philosophy, and spirituality. In the metaphysical community it is the pinnacle of oneness. The literal common denominator that runs throughout everything in the universe that connects all the parts to the whole.
Those beautiful designs painted or engraved on grid boards are not just for show. They are the first step towards clearing the mind for enlightenment. Incorporating sacred geometry into meditation/healing can help redirect our thoughts away from stresses of daily life, back to the blueprint of all consciousness. Perhaps a part of us (some may say the part that is associated with the pineal gland) will become awakened at the sight of this stripped-down universal code and it will serve as a catalyst for spiritual awakening.
Now that we have established a basic understanding of the symbolism used on grid boards, let’s talk crystals. It is not necessary to know the metaphysical meaning behind every stone. Furthermore, needing a large collection to create a meaningful grid is an illusion. First let’s choose a center for our grid to build from.
Two of the most common centers are a sphere, or a point. The sphere is a symbol of unity and completeness. There is no point on the surface of a sphere that is more important than any other point on the structure. Consider one’s own body, or to search deeper, focus on the entire web of consciousness when meditating on the sphere. Strive to equally appreciate all the integral parts that make up the whole.
If a sphere doesn’t resonate with this gridding session (of if there isn’t one available), choose a tower, pyramid or point. Most literally, this can represent the question, “what is the point”? It serves as a visual reminder to raise the vibration and think beyond the ego. Historically it is a shape that represents connecting heaven to earth. Egyptians, Native Americans, Mayans, Incans, even today's United States currency contains a picture of the powerful pyramid. If a point or pyramid has been chosen as the center, sit with this image before continuing to create. This is the point of connection. Feel its power.
For my readers who have made it this far and feel disappointed because sacred imagery, spheres, and points aren’t accessible items at this time. Find an open space, a small bowl of rocks, and collect pieces of nature such as wildflowers, seeds, pine cones, acorns, etc. The best part about sacred geometry is it is all around us. It doesn’t have to cost a single dollar to incorporate sacred symbols into a grid. Now let’s get back to building.
Creating balance is a key component to a visually pleasing grid. Most articles on the topic of gridding will heavily suggest setting an intention as well. This is a personal aspect of the ritual, and not a necessary part. If gridding is being used as a form person growth or to manifest change, apply those concepts when creating an intention grid. For our purposes today, gridding is a ritual artform honoring and connecting us to higher consciousness. I like to think of it as opening a channel of connectedness with spirit.
It works best for me to balance my stones out in sets of either 2 or 3 of a kind throughout the grid. When working with a small collection 2 of a kind would work best. Begin close to the center and place stones on alternating sides of the center point. Balance is everything. I mean that not just in terms of grids but in the grand portrait of nature. I prefer to build from the center out, but there is certainly no hard and fast rule. For me, it represents the expansion of the Universe. I like to think of all the little stones as their own planets, solar systems, or galaxies. Part of the fun is challenging the mind through this practice to comprehend the infinite connectedness of consciousness.
I hope this introduction has inspired some skeptics to give gridding a try. My perspective on gridding is a bit different than most, but it is a creative and positive way to celebrate consciousness. I look forward to expanding on this topic in upcoming posts. There is so much discuss about the shapes, colors, composition, and symbolism of the stones! Please leave me a comment if you enjoyed this topic and have any questions that you would like answered in the next Crystal Grid blog. Until then, happy gridding!