Signs & Symbols
There is no doubt that we are inundated every single day with all kinds of information that comes to us in a variety of ways via signs and symbols. Archetypes have been deeply embedded in our psyche (our soul) since the beginning of time. Before formal language, signs and symbols was the way early civilizations communicated. Just about everything in our world has a label that is associated with some sort of meaning. Almost every discipline has its own set of symbols that must be learned. The caduceus for medicine, the scales of justice for the law, and the cross for religion are just a few examples. We have been conditioned throughout the eons to react in certain ways when we see any given sign or symbol. Some are a universal language easily understood that know no boundaries between race, religion or culture. Dark clouds brewing in the sky symbolizing rainstorms had the early civilizations heading for cover – just as this sign today usually has us dressing appropriately and carrying an umbrella. In addition to this universal information, there is also more subtle information that many times go unnoticed.
Growth is the name of the game in life – we either go through it or grow through it. Our challenge is to see all that we go through as positive opportunities to learn and grow. If we believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience then we know the universe constantly sends messages via signs and symbols that are much like telephone calls. Learning to pay attention and recognize the information that comes to help us make better choices is key to our well being. We just have to shut off the constant clamor coming from the logical left brain in order to listen and actually hear that softer voice coming from our intuitive right brain.
"We teach best what we need to learn” are words that many have heard me say throughout the years, especially those that tend to think I am more evolved than I actually am. I just recently came through another little mind trip. All my right brain spirit practice work was simmering on the back burner. I was not exercising any discipline over my intellectualizing left brain, which was running my life like a wild horse. I was driving home one day thinking about how to handle a particular challenge that I had been wrestling with for at least a week when my eyes caught a sign in front of a church that read:
I miss you! Come visit me soon!
I got the message and had every intention of resuming my spirit work and taking my problem to God that very night. However, my left brain came up with a good reason to postpone this meeting. The next day I found myself still thinking about my particular challenge along with exercising the same exact mental process that was not providing me with any new explanations or answers. I was like a hamster on a spinning wheel going nowhere. That night I took my problem to God and like magic that problem that had me going around in circles cleared the following morning. I was finally prepared to confront and address the situation but the circumstances surrounding it had suddenly changed – what I had wanted to be done was done and without one word from me. After this magical clearing, I told myself that I would get back to my daily practice work – HA! That logical left brain was not finished with me just yet. There were more reasons to postpone time with the spiritual realms, which went on for another week or so before the universe delivered yet another sign.
The thought to do some spirit work flashed through my thoughts one night before sleep and my left brain wasted no time providing reasons to keep me keeping on with the procrastination games. It quickly reminded me that I was tired and it would take too long and I had to be up early, which had me opting to do a quick fix. I went to my books and reached for one not read in years that had always provided me with insight and a little card flew out and landed on the floor by my feet. The insight was written on this card:
“Everything you are seeking is waiting for you in God.”
This message could not be any clearer than that. The book went back on the shelf and I went to commune with spirit (God) before going to sleep.
From my perspective, the spiritual world is as real as the material world in which we live. The logical mind thrives in the material world. It is threatened by the spiritual world because it is not based on reason alone. Synchronicity or seeming coincidences will come thick and fast once we make the decision to see clearly – to live with awareness – to live in balance with our male and female mind (the linear and non-linear worlds.) We just have to open our mind - pay attention - learn to listen and hear in another way. There are no accidents. Everything that crosses our path has meaning and there is a story behind everything, which may be relevant to particular circumstances surrounding our lives.