Symbols, tools, and metaphors
Symbols are something more than just what it presents at the surface. We, humans, are different from lots of others animals, in that way. We can understand symbols, and use it for our own benefit.
Symbols can be used almost like self-hypnosis. For example, there is research showing looking at the “apple” logo, made you more creatively, compared to a group of people who did not look at the apple logo. Look around you and see that almost every commercial deals with symbols or “logos” to the companies. This is because of the mind process this information deeper, using more parts of the brain.
There are universal symbols that people generally understand wherever you go. For example, a white pigeon is representing the abstract concept of “peace”. Symbols use complex and abstract concepts and make them concrete. A person can be represented by a doll (voodoo). An apartment can be drawn on a piece of paper. The most important meaning is the meaning that you give it. The symbol is charged so to speak when you believe it means something. Then it goes through your subconscious mind and can work like self-hypnosis. Symbols don’t show the brain “directly” what you want, it has to process through the “complex” parts of the mind.
It can be explained by stating that “symbols are the language of the subconscious mind”. This is what gives symbols power. The powerful changes come from the unconscious mind.
You can draw a symbol, imagine a symbol, create a symbol physically and a lot of other things. It is, for example, possible to create a symbol using your own body, standing in different postures. You could make a rose with your arms and legs. This has a hypnotic effect, you could look at a rose, imagine a rose, but why not “become a rose” by using your body. Some Rituals uses this language of the subconscious mind. Rituals can function symbolically, and express an intent using more power of your mind.
Why do people use symbols? It’s the same reason why people use hypnosis since it triggers the unconscious part of the mind. People who are into hypnosis know that saying a statement consciously have only a certain power/effect. But saying the same sentence to somebody in trance (alpha, theta or delta state) will have more power/ effect. So understanding that symbols get translated by the unconscious mind, explains why it can have power and effect.
The collective unconscious
According to Carl Gustav Jung, there exist a collective unconscious. If a group of 100 people strongly believed in an entity, described it in the same way, and really believed it to be real. They could create an entity in the astral realm, giving it life. Imagine millions of people believing in something. An example of a symbol from the collective unconscious could be a river. It symbolizes releasing, maybe some of you readers have got that image while releasing or getting healing. Other known collective symbols or archetypes you can dream about might be The sun, snakes, the shadow, and a wizard.
So there are a lot of alternatives: You could create something new from the beginning, or you could hijack something that exists from before (like Hitler did with the swastika symbol) or something/somebody that actually exist can get more power by giving it even more attention. If the symbol gets a similar type of attention, well that is just like having a strongly focused intent, or coherent thought streams. By the way, what Hitler did was combining using an existing symbol, linking it with a physical movement at the same time stating a sentence.
You could give meaning to any objects, but it may be smart to use symbols that already exist and are already fueled up by thousands or millions of people. It is possible to take anything and make it represent anything. Take for example numbers, and give each number a meaning. And then write a number on your house. This number could for you translate to: “Only friendly beings get access to this house”.
You could give a square a certain meaning, and then a triangle a certain meaning, and finally a circle a meaning. And draw them inside each other, and it will have the meaning you give them. Or you could get a sword and give it a meaning, a skull or any other thing. It’s totally up to you, how you want what to be symbolizing. You could take basic stuff, like eggs, paint, wood, and water and give them special meaning. And suddenly you have your own “spell”.
We have a lot of rituals and symbolism in our world. Think of confirmation, marriage, golden rings, funerals, also a lot of buildings like obelisks, pyramids and so on. People may put intention into things, buildings, numbers, colors, etc. The most important part is you deciding what it shall mean for you.
You can program dolls and figure with focused intentions. Let say there exists a totem pole that stands someplace for hundreds of years. It gives meaning to everybody who looks at it. Generation after generation keeps charging/ fueling this with intention, feelings, thoughts, and attention. Then, this object will behave accordingly to the sum of all the intentions. The Power object can for example scare people.
Another example could be a glass of water and focus on this water with the intention of bringing you health. When you drink it, it will have the sum of the intention that you have projected into it. You can program things in all kinds of different ways. You could program pictures on the wall to influence you when you walk past it. If you have a picture of a tree, you may intend that each and every time you pass that picture you get “grounding” by programming the pictures (projecting feeling and thoughts into it). Or you could program your bed to fill you up with energy each night you sleep. Of cause it works best with coherent thought steam (concentration) and when in trance.
Even when you visualize – the inner pictures on your mental screen is an extension of your intentions. You could use intention alone (without the pictures) but the pictures function like a TOOL to express your intention. There are a lot of good metaphors people are using. For example, counting down from 10 to 1 gets you into trance is because the numbers counting down gives meaning to you. They represent a concept. You could also go into trance with pure intentions alone, without the counting metaphor.
What modality works best, kinetics, visual or auditory varies from people to people. Also what symbols and metaphor people use is also different, some symbols people can relate to more than others. Use what works for you, this can be different for different personality types, and also what culture you are from could explain your different choices in symbols. In Buddhism, they operate with the sound of Ohm. Islam uses abstract imagery, often on carpets, to represents god.
Another type of symbolism is role play. This makes it easier for the people to change themselves. Some people think it is scary to change themselves, and their own thoughts and beliefs. But if it is role play, then it is ok. Many people in the self-help industry find that “fake it to you make it” and modeling helps. People also use mask’s sometimes to symbolically get the attributes of the mask. For example, using the mask of a type of person or an animal – to get the attributes of that archetype or animal.
Another popular metaphor is that white light represents healing. But if your intent was to remote heal somebody you could use a black light and people would get health as well. It’s the intention that counts, and the metaphors and the symbols are just tools to help you sort out, point out, show you a direction of what you really want. When reaching for changes, willing and wanting things, it is helpful to use your whole brain (as many parts and functions as possible). Therefore Symbols, physical postures, and inner images are valuable – to express an intention. Share this knowledge and contribute to making the wisdom on symbols even greater in the population.