The Dimensions of Paradise: Sacred Geometry, Ancient Science, and the Heavenly Order on Earth
NEW SCIENCE / SACRED GEOMETRY "John Michell's _The Dimensions of Paradise_ is inarguably among the most important Gnostic transmissions of recent generations. With his candid, uncomplicated style, John has made widely available the visions, the laws, and the numbers held within pure geometry and which integrate earth and sky, movement and form, cosmos and mankind." --(Robert Lawlor, author of _Sacred Geometry: Its Philosophy and Practice_ and _Voices of the First Day_) "John Michell has produced one of the primary texts for understanding the number system that encoded the prehistoric world view. He reveals how sacred geometry, myth, gematria, and the structure of numbers created a big picture lost soon after Plato, a knowledge replaced by derivative religious and materialistic ideas. _The Dimensions of Paradise_ is an essential key to comprehending monuments such as the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, but it also provides an initiatory journey into the ancient mind itself." --(Richard Heath, author of _Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization_) The priests of ancient Egypt preserved a geometrical canon, a numerical code of harmonies and proportions, that they applied to music, art, statecraft, and all the institutions of their civilization. Plato, an initiate in the Egyptian Mysteries, said it was the instrument by which the ancients maintained high, principled standards of civilization and culture over thousands of years. In _The Dimensions of Paradise_, John Michell describes the results of a lifetime's research, demonstrating how the same numerical code underlies sacred structures from ancient times to the Christian era. In the measurements of Stonehenge, the foundation plan of Glastonbury, and in Plato's ideal city and the Heavenly City of the New Jerusalem described in the vision of Saint John lie the science and cosmology on which the ancient world order was founded. The central revelation of this book is a structure of geometry and number representing the essential order of the heavens and functioning as a map of paradise. JOHN MICHELL, educated at Eton and Cambridge, is the pioneer researcher and specialist in the field of ancient, traditional science. He is the author of more than twenty-five books that have profoundly influenced modern thinking, including _The New View Over Atlantis_, _Secrets of the Stones_, and _The Temple of Jerusalem: A Revelation_. He lives in London.