Symbols of the soul

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9 Quotes from the chapters 10 to 18 of the book ‘Mysteries and Symbols of the Soul'

Symbols of the Soul 1: The soul as a centre

It is possible to imagine the spiritual Sun as a sphere, with an omnipresent centre of which is everywhere and a nonexistent circumference. Obviously, this is hard to comprehend with your conventional mind. The spiritual Sun is everywhere, also in you, and its focal point can be spatially defined. It is in your heart, the centre of the human system that you live in, the microcosm, which reflects the macrocosm.

 

Symbols of the Soul 2: The soul as a tree

The tree of life is a blueprint for the divine creation plan and demonstrates how the divine light manifests itself step by step at all levels, as a bolt of lightning or a flaming sword. Whoever understands that blueprint, experiences it and consciously forms a part of it, will be recreated into a new man.

 

Symbols of the Soul 3: The soul as a flame

The tree of life is a blueprint for the divine creation plan and demonstrates how the divine light manifests itself step by step at all levels, as a bolt of lightning or a flaming sword. Whoever understands that blueprint, experiences it and consciously forms a part of it, will be recreated into a new man.

 

Symbols of the Soul 4: The soul as a  traveller

There may arrive a moment for a person when there is no great desire anymore for external traveling, but that his or her interest is mainly focused on the inner journey - on discovering and experiencing new regions in the domain of the soul. Great thinkers wrote and spoke about such an inner journey.

 

Symbols of the Soul 5: The soul as a castle

Consider the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in heaven there are many mansions. What, do you imagine, must that dwelling be in which a King so mighty, so wise, and so pure, containing in Himself all good, can delight to rest? Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellect may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as they are unable to comprehend God.

 

Symbols of the Soul 6: The soul as a creator

It is written about man that he was created in God’s image. God is the creator. Thus, it follows that man is a creator too. He is called to cooperate in the implementation of the divine creation plan. Such a true way of creating is, however, only possible if the personality-soul, the soul and the spirit-soul form a dynamic trinity.

 

Symbols of the Soul 7: The soul as a sevenfold being

Now humanity is ripe to call the soul into being and – on the basis of this soul’s development – vivify the spirit-soul out of the spirit-spark. J. van Rijckenborgh (1896-1968), one of the founders of the School of the Rosycross foresaw this and unfolded his vision on the subject in his book ‘The Christian Initiation Mystery – Dei Gloria Intacta’. In this book he describes the three seven-circles that man must pass through to be reborn as to the personality-soul, the soul and the spirit-soul.

 

Symbols of the Soul 8: The soul as mirror

Man is called a microcosm, that is: a small world, because the universe reflects itself within him. Reflection phenomena take place in all dimensions and at all levels of the universe. The moon reflects the light of the sun. The eyes of man reflect his mental and physical condition. The way in which we experience the world reflects our inner state. We do not see the world as it is, but as we are.

 

Symbols of the Soul 9: The soul as a world-worker

In autumn wild geese jointly travel to warmer areas, to spend the winter there. In the same way a spiritual group travels in the direction of the world of the soul. They are working on themselves, while maintaining their inspiration by exchanges within the group. Geese fly in a V-formation because every goose that flaps its wings thus creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a V-formation, the group only uses 72% of the energy that would be needed if the geese would fly on their own. Analogously, people who jointly go in a certain direction in group unity, will reach their goal earlier and easier, as they can use each other’s driving force.