There’s a lesson to be learned from the Italians. Create from the place of what you perceive as possible. Leave room for the absolute certainty of what can show up. The Italians had a vision, laid the groundwork, put forward their intention, and then waited for it to show up. And show up it did and it is one of the most beloved and visited sites, not only in Florence, but in all of Italy.
The word duomo means god and the octagonal shape represents infinity. The most memorable thing that my boys and I remember from our trip to Italy in 2007 was climbing the Duomo and how it made us feel. I knew when I returned to Florence, climbing the Duomo again would be at the top of my list of things to do here. It is a sacred space that you can feel in your body. This god-like energy just permeates the body’s energy centers, the chakras, and increases in intensity the higher one climbs. Take some time to just stop and feel the energy when you are still inside the dome and approximately half way to the top. Looking down you can see the octagonal shape and get a sense of the energy of infinity. Looking up you can marvel at the biblical depictions gracing the top of the dome from heaven to hell. Notice the myriad of angels as well.
When ready, keep climbing until you are rewarded with the most spectacular views imaginable and feel on top of the world! I am grateful for this opportunity and I am grateful to be able to share it with you. I am grateful to be following my dharma.
Here is a panorama shot taken with my new iPhone 6!
If you vibrate the cosmos, the cosmos will clear a path! I am a big believer in setting intentions, getting to the feeling of what it will feel like when those intentions are manifested, and visiting this everyday! It is powerful and it works! Try it. What do you perceive as possible?
History lesson insert: (Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo, is the cathedral of Florence known for its distinctive Renaissance dome. Although construction was begun in 1296, the cathedral did not get the structure that gives it its name until 1436. The east end of the church was open to the elements or covered with flat, unstable roofing for more than a century. Only the Italians would start construction on the rest of the church, knowing that someone someday would find a way to solve the architectural problem of an octagonal dome. The huge octagonal shape proved daunting to engineers and architects. Italian architects were familiar with circular domed shapes, such as the Pantheon in Rome. Medieval gothic cathedrals, such as Notre Dame de Paris in France, relied on flying buttresses to support their massive stone weight. Architects and engineers of the budding Renaissance were determined not to use flamboyant Gothic style or flying buttresses—they wanted to look back to the simple, clean lines of their Roman past.
The architect Filippo Brunelleschi came up with a solution. The Duomo is actually twodomes. The inner dome is made of sandstone and marble. The outer dome is made of brick-and-mortar—each brick carefully designed, shaped, and fired to support the dome. The dome was constructed without any supports beneath it. The Duomo was an immediate success, and Brunelleschi became the chief architect associated with the Renaissance. )