Pyramid Shapes for Meditation
I have heard people refer to tetrahedrons as pyramids. The "pyramid" shaped tea bag is in fact a tetrahedron, not a pyramid shape. The tetrahedron is the first in a series of five shapes referred to as the platonic solids (after Plato). They are (in order) Tetrahedron, Cube (Hexahedron), Octahedron, Dodecahedron, and Icosahedron. The tetrahedron is a form made of four connected equilateral triangles. These shapes (as well as the cone and sphere) are all beautiful and great for meditation.
The pyramid, by contrast to the tetrahedron, combines a single square and four triangles of equal size and shape. A pyramid has a flat perfect square as a base and the four sides linking to this base rise from this base to a point. The pyramid shape can be elongated or flattened and remains a pyramid. Its height is not fixed.
Below are some examples of pyramid shapes. The first photo is one of the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. This might be considered the classic pyramid shape as it is the one we automatically identify with. It is beautiful and compelling. The power in these mid-range angles for sides is stunning resonates with the heart center.
This next photo is of a Nubian Pyramid. These pyramids are located in present day Sudan, and were at the time of their construction part of Ancient Egypt. Although these pyramids are taller (with a smaller base proportionately) they are still pyramids. They are also quite compelling. This shape resonates with an area on the human body higher than the heart, perhaps the third eye.
The last photo is of a step pyramid. This one is in Bosnia. It is still considered a pyramid though the shape is irregular due to the steps. It is hard to say how this effects the energy of the pyramid. It cumulatively rises at the proper angle, and yet the zig-zag either distorts or grounds the pyramid energy. The steps on this pyramid are significant. Most pyramids, because constructed with stone, have some degree of steps present yet they are usually small and unnoticeable.
All pyramids have in common that the shapes of the sides are equal, the angles of all corners pointing inward are equal, and the fact that the base is an exact square. Though the square remains, the shape of the sides can change dramatically from practically non-existent (rising just above the ground) to something similar in shape to the Washington Monument (shown below).
I have noticed that some crystals have pyramids occurring on their points. Are there other pyramid shapes that occur organically in nature? If you know of any and would like to share them, please feel free in the comment section below. There is an exercise that can be done with rubber bands that reveals the diversity of pyramid shapes that can be created. It can also be a great experiment in recognizing what centers of the body correspond to different pyramids.