Everything within our life can be represented in one way or another by a symbol, and understanding these symbols can give you a very deep awareness over your life. As discussed in the previous parts of this series; Conscious Thinking will eventually develop to a point where you will become acutely aware of the symbolism occurring within the world, your life and within your own mind. In this part, we take a look at how to identify your very own personal symbolism.
Learning to identify this personal symbolism is a form of reality “communicating” with you. Once we understand what we are being shown – we can take a much more fluent and dynamic approach to living.
Symbols speak on a very personal level – so what has meaning for you might not have meaning for someone else. In some cases the most mundane of things can be major personal symbolism, yet for another person it would be less than insignificant. So the trick is to identify the type and manner of symbolism that occurs within your own life.
These symbols can manifest in many ways, so it may take a degree of personal awareness and a fair amount of time before you begin spotting them.
A good start for discovering your symbolism is to look out for repeating patterns. In some cases this may manifest as similar situations repeating themselves. A personal symbolism of mine often occurs whenever I get too deeply involved in something. This has happened in the past – where I have become so engrossed in something – a hobby, writing or reading for example, that I begin to ignore the things around me. Not spending enough time with the family for example.
I then find I start getting interruptions from the most unusual of things, the phone ringing call after call, equipment breaking or even power failures. Of course I get a bit frustrated, but then I step back and look at why I am getting frustrated. These events are symbols indicating that I am over-investing my time into a particular issue at the expense of other things.
So repeating events are something to look out for. It is much the same with relationships; do the same “problems” keep coming up? If so what is this trying to tell you?
Cyclic time patterns are another major thing to look out for. Do certain things keep happening at the same specific time? Or perhaps you find yourself looking at the clock and always finding the same numbers! Do these numbers repeat elsewhere in your life? Some very uncanny things can happen in this regard. For example special dates matching the time you keep seeing on your clock, or perhaps matching your house number or your parking space number etc.
Work out the emotions, thoughts and situations that surround these number sightings. They are often very personal, and deeply meaningful. If needs be, keep a log of how, when and where you spotted these numbers. Also note down how you were feeling at the time, what you were doing and thinking – record anything that you feel maybe relevant no matter how seemingly insignificant. Over the course of time as this journal grows, you will be able to see a “big picture” emerge which links everything together – and perhaps even gives you an insight into yourself and / or your life.
Another side of personal symbolism is that it also extends to seeing things in the world around you. You could be asking yourself a particular question and then see an advert on a passing truck that appears to answer your unspoken question. And it is true, that this sort of symbolism can begin to edge into the territory of synchronicity.
It’s important to realize all symbolism can be viewed as a form of communication. The trick is keeping an open mind, and being aware that certain things or events can be deeply meaningful. Of course balance is very important here, you don’t want to start scrutinizing everything for meaning – or else you will end up creating meaning in random or generalized occurrences. Remember personal symbolism is just that; personalized! So the key is to look for personal meaning, rather than mere random messages.
Understanding symbolism is a technique that can greatly increase our awareness of our self and reality, and is worth learning for that alone. It is all the better then, that it also gives you a far greater direction over your life, as you discover many of the finer subtle elements to your personality and beliefs.
Once you have got the hang of identifying your own symbolism, you will begin to learn how to discover the meaning buried within it. But understanding symbolism doesn’t stop there. In a future part to this series, I will take a look at the many other methods which can give us an even greater understanding of our symbolism and their meanings.