Last week we had a brief introduction to some of the issues with words and why symbols are a much more ideally suited vehicle for transmitting ancient knowledge and wisdom. Today, I would like to add a bit more to this discussion and give a new name to its practice – there is a little more we must cover before we can get to some of the symbols themselves. In truth, we are covering the basis of what is known as sacred geometry, but I prefer the new term I have coined when it comes to meditation and symbols: Symbiation. What is Symbiation? (sim-bee-ay-shun)
Symbiation is derived from three words:
Symbol – A vehicle for delivering ancient wisdom and Universal Truth, directly contacting the subconscious mind and awakening race memories and knowledge of all of humanity and indeed the Universe itself. This information is genetically encoded within every cell of our body.
Symbiosis – A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence. If we enter into a relationship with our planet and each other with the understanding that both the Earth and every one of us are not separate from each other or the Divine, we will live in symbiotic harmony with all of life.
Meditation – Continuous and profound contemplation on a subject of a deep and meaningful nature.
Sacred geometrical symbols are based upon universal principles, all of which are bound within the genetic makeup and unconscious mind of the human body. As such, these symbols are capable of bypassing the brain’s left hemisphere and allowing the exchange of information to take place at a cellular level. This gives individuals the opportunity to raise the vibratory levels of their bodies allowing for deeper states of concentration and a feeling of attachment and more importantly oneness with the Universe. In short – direct contact with the Creator.
Symbols reveal certain aspects of true reality – the deepest aspects of reality which defy any other means of obtaining this knowledge. Symbols respond to a need to fulfill the function of bringing light to the deepest, most hidden parts of our being. Our true selves contain the imprinted memory of a richer and more complete existence, almost beatific in nature. In this way, symbols allow us to recover the language and very often the experience of our ‘lost paradise,’ or ‘Garden of Eden.’
Locked deep within our own minds lies a longing to return to something altogether different from modern life – a return to paradise lost. This does not suggest we should be living in the past, indeed the exact opposite is the case; we can use symbols as they were meant to be used; as a vessel containing undistorted truths which awaken us to the present moment.
Speak to the heart
Symbiation allows us to return to inner silence and is our only remaining departure point for the spiritual renewal of modern man. There is no need to try to intellectualize or interpret the profound meanings locked within. The information is there, beyond language, manifesting itself in both distorted and familiar ways within our daily lives and interactions. The ultimate effect of symbols and the practice of Symbiation are to awaken our senses and speak to our heart.
Through symbols and the act of meditating in silence on them we have the keys to unlock the doors to our true selves, not just as spiritual beings, but material reality. Both planes of existence are interwoven; the spiritual gives rise to the physical, and the physical gives rise to the spiritual. Whether we accept it or not, we are truly symbolic beings. We live and die, work and play with and through symbols. We create ourselves and our world through symbols, unaware of their effects on our existence. Symbiation offers the way to return to awareness of our true selves and the spiritual and physical world we inhabit.
Before we begin examining the common symbols and the universal truths they hold within them, we must look at how we became so removed from the Infinite both within and around us and why many traditional methods of returning to this state of oneness with the Infinite fail in Western society…which will form the basis for next week’s article!
Namaste, my friends…
The image at the top of the article is known as a Yantra and is the yogic equivalent of the Buddhist Mandala. The Sri Yantra is called the mother of all yantras because all other yantras are derived from it. The Sri Yantra is a configuration of nine interlacing triangles centred around the Bindu (the central point of the yantra), drawn by the super imposition of five downward pointing triangles, representing Shakti ; the female principle and four upright triangles, representing Shiva ; the male principle.
Man’s spiritual journey from the stage of material existence to ultimate enlightenment is mapped on the Sri Yantra. The spiritual journey is taken as a pilgrimage in which every step is an ascent to the center, a movement beyond one’s limited existence, and every level is nearer to the goal. Each of the circuits of the Sri Yantra, from the outer plane to the Bindu (the center), corresponds with one of the stages of the spiritual journey. The goal of contemplating the Sri Yantra is that the adept can rediscover his or her primordial sources. The circuits symbolically indicate the successive phases in the journey towards enlightenment.