Symbols & their use
As we discuss both dreams and clairvoyance on these pages it is only correct that we should touch on the subject of symbols. They are a phenomena that you will come across if you choose to work with dreams or as clairvoyance (the term is used fairly broadly here) develops. It may also be of interest to those who merely wish to receive information from a Psychic or Medium as it helps to demonstrate some of the information the medium may be having to process as he or she is giving a reading. For the sake of simplicity, we will discuss this in the terms of a developing Medium.
We will increasingly be shown images or made aware of feelings that are unfamiliar or abstract in nature to us, we may also be shown things that are familiar and this situation can be very confusing to say the least. In honesty, we will automatically reject things that are known to us simply because they are familiar and struggle to interpret those that are not.
So what is going on? Essentially, those in Spirit who wish to work through us or be of influence will have to work with the building blocks that they are presented with. YOU! By and large this is the information that is contained within our own heads. That which is learned, that which is witnessed, that which is experienced and that which is familiar. The intelligence or social standing of the medium will make little or no difference to this at all. The medium that has had a 'better' education than the next may be able to describe something more eloquently than one who has not. However, this is unimportant, both should be able to give off the information for the benefit of the sitter in their own way. Free from any overlay of interpretation or bias applied by the mediums own consciousness or ego.
Often, we will reject something purely because it is familiar to us personally, considering the above, this is clearly a mistake. Similarly, the communicator may be battling to get the surname of 'Lamb' across and keeps showing you sheep, which may be meaningless to the subject when given off as an image. Agreed, it is usually far better to give off the information exactly as it comes, but in this instance the communicator has to rely on projecting a visual image because they cannot get through clairaudiently.
"We can only describe that which we are familiar with."
Why is this so? By and large we can only describe and verbalise that which we are familiar with. Verbal language is very poor at transmitting whole ideas and concepts; it is also very easy to create the wrong impression by using inappropriate words. A Spirit communicator sums this up well with a phrase that he often uses, "Words can say everything and yet they can say nothing at all" meaning that words are only empowered by the emotion that you put into them. When he expresses this, you 'know' exactly what he means simply by the intonation that he puts on the words.
Language is a very subtle thing at times, when we are talking we often use gestures to empower our words that add extra meaning or emphasis to what we are saying, even on the phone!
If we do not recognise something or perceive an unfamiliar situation we quickly become disorientated. This is no good if we are trying to get a message across to someone. If the medium is presented with an ethereal realm of existence that contains images and colours beyond our spectral range, or depths of emotions that are more intense than we can experience in the physical world, how can we possibly pass this on with any meaning. Similarly, an early Aboriginal tribesman would not be able to describe the workings of the internal combustion engine to a subject because he has no terms of reference to compare it with because it is beyond his level of understanding at that moment in time. Therefore, we are left with that which is familiar.
"Words can say everything and yet they can say nothing at all."
As time progresses, you may become aware of repeating images such as an image of your own grandmother as a means of drawing your attention to someone else's Grandmother. In this way you will begin to learn that when you see this image or have this feeling, you are to describing a person that is on a grandmother vibration or link. As you can see this is the start of a visual or perceptual code or language.
A great many books have been written about the interpretation of dream images and alike, but symbols used as a tool for the improvement of clairvoyance seem to be overlooked by many. Yet, we should be used to working with symbols as tarot cards, runes etc. all rely on the interpretation of the illustrations (symbols). This will either be intuitively, 'by the book' or perhaps both. 'Reiki' practitioners also use symbols to empower their healing.
How can we improve this situation? It is quite clear that to progress we need some way of sorting this out. Many cultures use symbols in religious practices and daily life. A single image is used to create a complete concept in the mind of the person seeing them. It would be easy to think that we have lost this from our society or think it crude in our western view of the world. However, this is not the case. We recognise Christian (and many other religious) symbols in our culture. If we drive, we must remember and react to road signs. If you see a small gold statue of a man, it is likely that you we think of the 'Oscars'. All large companies use distinct symbols to portray their corporate image and we have been conditioned to recognise this and what it means, in other words we have learned a visual language.
We can use this concept in our quest for improved communication by putting more tools in the box for the communicators to work with. Or to put it another way, if we install more software, on to our computer, the more we will be able to do with it. We must learn another symbolic language that will enable the communicators to work with us in a more meaningful way.
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