Friday, June 01, 2007

Symbols and Their Power

June 1st, 2007

Graphic: Chinese symbol for love

by Ivor Hughes


The heart also thinks but not in the same way as the mind.. the heart thinks holistically… holographically.. it thinks in pictures.. symbols.. the beam of light between a man and woman’s gaze.. the heart consciousness operates at a greater magnitude of speed than does the mind.. glance at a painting .. ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’. The mind would need considerably more time to process that amount of information than that which is conveyed to the heart in a trice.

It is because symbols communicate with the heart that they are used to sway human minds… That explains nicely why our rulers make such good use of symbols for example the Union Jack … the flag of Britain raises much patriotic feeling amongst Britons.

The national flag in other nations must do the same. Men march to War behind a flag .. so we may understand it is a very powerful symbol.. Just as the Cross is for Christians.. and the Koran is for Muslims.. So having the knowledge of symbols is to know your own heart.. What sways it, and what does not … its an instinctive thing.. a feeling that either attracts us or repels.. for every symbol tells a story. in the context in which it is used.

The venerable I-Ching has this to say about instinct as it relates to innocence and the heart:

Ch’ien, heaven, is above; Chen, movement, is below. The lower trigram Chen is under the influence of the strong line it has received from above, from heaven. When, in accord with this, movement follows the law of heaven, man is innocent and without guile. His mind is natural and true, unshadowed by reflection or ulterior designs. For wherever conscious purpose is to be seen, there the truth and innocence of nature have been lost. Nature that is not directed by the spirit is not true but degenerate nature. Starting out with the idea of the natural, the train of thought in part goes somewhat further and thus the hexagram includes also the idea of the unintentional or unexpected.


INNOCENCE. Supreme success. Perseverance furthers. If someone is not as he should be, He has misfortune, And it does not further him To undertake anything.

Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements. By devotion to this divine spirit within himself, he attains an unsullied innocence that leads him to do right with instinctive sureness and without any ulterior thought of reward and personal advantage. This instinctive certainty brings about supreme success and “furthers through perseverance.” However, not everything instinctive is nature in this higher sense of the word, but only that which is right and in accord with the will of heaven. Without this quality of Rightness, an unreflecting, instinctive •way of acting brings only misfortune. Confucius says about this: “He who departs from innocence, what does he come to? Heaven’s will and blessing do not go with his deeds.”


Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of innocence. Thus the kings of old, Rich in virtue, and in harmony with the time, Fostered and nourished all beings.

In springtime when thunder, life energy, begins to move again under the heavens, everything sprouts and grows, and all beings receive from the creative activity of nature the childlike innocence of their original state. So it is with the good rulers of mankind: drawing on the spiritual wealth at their command, they take care of all forms of life and all forms of culture and do everything to further them, and at the proper time.

Power always makes use of symbols to further its own ends and that of Mammon .. in our written history billions must have died for the Symbols of the powerful … For every area of ones life the power holders have a Symbol to influence us with .. unless one is awake and understands.

I have been speaking of a Negative use of symbols where in general they are used to coerce us against our better natures e.g. War or Conspicuous Greed.. but the most important symbols that the authorities use are the ones that are used to evoke fear.. because it is fear distilled by rulers on a national scale that leads to war.. It is fear that coerces us into unnatural medical procedures and a pill for every ill.

The authorities also manufacture symbols when trying to evoke sufficient hatred to justify war.. for example the word ‘Islamofacist’.. evokes pictures of the Swastika, and all that it implies in popular thought.. Whereas and speaking from the personal experience of living in an Islamic Country for more than a year.. the symbol evoked is a gross lie.. a most foul slander. but its use furthers the aims of our masters.. We may see the black power behind the symbol word by the images it evokes and the rabid robotic response from certain segments of the community.

But what of those symbols that advance the common cause of humanity.. and here let us leave religious symbols to one side.. because the intolerance or continual proselytizing by one religion to another is divisive, insensitive and not in common cause.. All religions believe in God or a Chief God. One would have thought that was enough to quell the bickering.

The good symbols awakens the goodness in ones heart.. the good symbols convey a library of philosophy at the speed of light.. the good symbols emanate hope … the good symbols show our connectedness to the whole. The good symbols show that as a specie in all of our Rainbow diversity that we are one under the skin.

Where would we be without our good symbols?

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