What are Symbols?
Scientifically, symbols are described as having a surplus of meanings and therefore cannot be rationally interpreted or translated. This actually means the definition of the word symbol is so many layered and more extensive than words can express. The term symbol may be used in reference to signs, words, pictures and also ideas. Depending on the field of work the exact definition of the word symbol is variable and relies also on the objective knowledge from the viewpoint of the observer.
I use the term symbol in the broadest sense. Anything that represents an idea, an abstraction or a concept can work as a symbol. A cross for example, represents the four points of the compass, four elements (earth, water, air, fire), the earthly presence, the Christian religion and much more. A photo of your grandmother may symbolize for you personally, the idea of security or caring love. The term Roswell may be used as the name of a place, but also as a symbol for an UFO crash area or a conspiracy theory. To a certain extent it is the indirect and additional meanings in which a sign raises it’s status to a symbol.
Usage of Symbols
Symbols generally evolve from a particular religion or cultural circle, they can however be understood by people throughout the whole world. They are to a certain extent universal and timeless. One may be born within a European cultural circle but at the same time feel moved and influenced by a Maori symbol or a Hindu sign, particularly when one finds a personal affinity or has learned something of the meaning behind the symbol. On the other hand, it may also be that although one is a practicing Catholic, that a deep understanding of Christian iconography is incomprehensible because the necessary knowledge is missing.
Symbols are always effectual, but they are more so when we know about their meaning, consciously or unconsciously. This knowledge rings through every time in our consciousness when we see or notice a symbol. The more that we become aware of this, the stronger the effect becomes on our being. This process runs mainly unconsciously, just like the many traffic signs which, while driving become automatically cognitive and one follows them. Traffic signs are an obvious example of the effect of symbols, however it should be noted that symbols take effect also at a more subtle energy level, which works with us without conscious effort. Some symbols are achetypal and have been joined by the collective consciousness of the earth since thousands of years. These can possess an immense charge of energy – how this actually works is still not scientifically proven.
How it works
I can explain the mode of action that symbols may have with the following world view: We are connected to the interconnectedness of all life by mutual interaction. These associations are not restricted to material things but work equally with thought, subtle energies collaborative groups, energy centers or single cells. Together we are all „one“ or however may one like to call this. The monotheistic religions speak from a god and we as children of this god. This sounds rather simple, but it is actually through it’s multi-layered interpretation, far more complex. Every thought, word, act and symbol is uniquely composed of an energy and therefore a vibration which draws attention. This is the creation of energetic connections between subject and object. The energy becomes more concentrated and perceptible, the more frequent and stronger the vibrational field is used. The most dense form of energy is matter. We are imminently at the creation of our own reality participating with everything that we do, think and speak.
If we do not want to live and experience ourselves as a game ball in a separated hostile environment, I think it would make sense to be aware of our thoughts and the shaping of our surroundings.
In the next article Origin and Effect, you will find a detailed description of the process of working with symbols.