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Living With Purpose: Understanding Soul Symbolism
By Melanie Votaw
Deciphering the symbolic language received in meditation is one of the most frustrating things for my life purpose students. It truly is a skill to get out of headspace and see things metaphorically. We're simply not taught this in school. Our society, our language, our educational system are all geared toward viewing the world in black and white terms. For example, 1+1=2… if a=b and b=c, then a=c.
Not only does this way of thinking inhibit creativity, but it also inhibits our ability to understand the messages received from the soul and from Spirit. The Bible is written in these metaphoric terms, as is much of great literature. Dreams are sent to us in this kind of symbolic language, too. The more you delve into understanding poetry and classical literature, the better you will become at deciphering your dreams and your soul's messages.
Missing the Point
Thinking literally can completely miss the point. I once had a dream where a young woman was drowning. Her name was Melanie, just like me, except she was younger than I. A couple of other women were trying to save her, but they didn't have the strength to bring her up out of the water. They eventually had to give up and let her die. Yet, she died very quietly and peacefully.
Upon awakening, I was as disturbed by the dream as anyone would be. The literal meaning of the dream is that someone with the same name as me is dying! How frightening!
But upon examining the dream in metaphoric terms, I realized that the dream was actually very positive. Just like the Death card in the Tarot signifies transformation (because, after all, death of any sort is transformation since energy can never die but only change form), death in dreams usually has to do with a transforming of energy within. Since the Melanie in my dream was younger than me, it was clearly an old self that was in the process of transforming. Considering what was happening in my life at the time, it made absolute sense. Turns out it wasn't a nightmare after all!
This is only one example of how to interpret symbolic messages. Here is another example. In one of my classes, a student received the image of a stone for her life purpose. She immediately recoiled from this image with all sorts of judgments about it. Her first thoughts about a stone were that it couldn't move on its own power, was heavy and without life. I asked her to think of what other positive meanings the stone might have. She couldn't think of any, so I helped her out a bit. For me, a stone is beautifully smooth and solid. It doesn't waiver in its resolve. It remains quietly steadfast.
There is an old tale that Michelangelo was dragging a huge chunk of marble down the street. When asked why he bothered, the sculptor replied, "Because there's an angel trapped in here waiting to be let out."
My associations of stone (or Michelangelo's for that matter) may not be the same as this student's, but I wanted her to at least allow for the possibility of a positive way of interpreting the image. When these images are received in meditation, they are often a starting off point - a place to begin a journey with the image to see where it leads. Most everyone wants everything to immediately be tied up with a bow, but metaphors tend to be much more amoebic than that. They usually refuse to be labeled as one thing or another.
Developing the skill to interpret symbols and metaphors is beneficial for many reasons. It helps you to communicate more easily with your soul and with Spirit. It helps you to decipher your dreams and meditative symbols. It helps you to express your creativity. And it expands your mind's capacity, helping you to solve problems by thinking outside the box.
Melanie Votaw is the creator and instructor for the www.selfhealingexpressions.com course Discovering Your Life Purpose: Living the Life You Were Born to Live. Learn more about Melanie and this course now.
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