Do you fear symbols and names?
But symbols have no inherent power nor does names do they?
They have power only when people believe in them. In which case it’s the belief that is the power.
Just as important, symbols have no inherent meaning. They only have the meaning given to them by someone or a group.
So, for example, the famous eye and pyramid mean zero. Zilch. They only have meaning because Masons and other groups have assigned it.
The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet (also written as Wedjat, or “Udjat”, Uadjet, Wedjoyet, Edjo or Uto). It is also known as ”The Eye of Ra”.
oooh it must be bad it means the Eye of Ra. Oh me everybody run hide your kids its the eye of Ra the evil King.
People really do this. They have a really hard time with this.
There is no closed secret world of symbols that has magic in it.
There are no universally good symbols or bad symbols. A symbol is a word, term, sign, shape. It’s injected with meaning by a group. The group adopts a consensus about the symbol.
To a surprising degree, people think in terms of symbols. They operate as if they understand what they’re doing, but they don’t. They fear the power of certain symbols and attach themselves to the power of other “good” symbols. They’re hooked.
You could make a picture of a oak tree, and invent a whole mythology around it. You could claim it comes from Atlantis or Heaven, or from a secret city in ancient Babylonian .
And then some people would react when they saw it. They would feel fear or anger or excitement.
But what if your a painter and like to paint trees, does this make the image of a tree bad. No! of coarse not. But if one has a bad experience with the symbol or name he/she might avoid using it and cringe if they see it in the public.
It’s a con.
You don’t really think symbols and names become phobias do you?
If you took this even further and created a whole set of symbols, dozens of them, and made up meanings for them, and worked with this game, you would eventually experience an interesting kind of liberation. You would see, to a greater extent, how arbitrary symbols are, how people trap themselves in “internal symbolic spaces.”
The whole point of frozen symbols is to enclose consciousness.
Let’s say you devised a picture of an eyeball hovering in a forest. A tear is dropping from the eye. The literal mind is looking for specific meaning. The literal mind wants an answer. It can’t find one.
The eyeball and the forest and the tear don’t add up. They provoke all sorts of associations, but no particular meaning, and the literal mind is frustrated.
So THEN you come along and assign a meaning. You say, “Well, this symbol was painted on masks in 834BC by the ancient Egyptian founders of a cult of pyramid builders. The eye and the tear stand for the tragedy caused by lack of faith in eternal life…”
And so forth and so on. It makes me sick.
Now you’ve assigned specific meaning to the symbol. Now the literal mind breathes a sigh of relief. It has an answer. It can suck up that meaning and take it in and accept it. And now you can embellish the story and sell it to the literal mind. You can make that symbol into an object of fear and repulsion, if that’s the reaction you want to provoke in your audience, or you can make the symbol into an object of victory that stands for redemption.
You can twist and turn the symbol any way you want to.
The literal mind wants an answer to the mystery, a solution, and you provided it.
We’re talking about a very primitive form of art. When people operate at this level, buying symbols and their assigned meanings, it’s an indication they can’t appreciate or fathom more complex art.
They can’t read and fathom a novel or watch a stage play. That’s too much. There isn’t a clear one-to-one connecting pipeline between symbol and meaning sitting in a movie theater watching a crime drama. The cops arrested the wrong man and framed him for a killing. A guy sitting next to me blew his top. He started telling his girl friend about how the cops were railroading this suspect and how bad the cops were, , and so they’re confused. They’re frustrated.
I remember a guy I knew who had a big issue with symbols and names. He came over one day and I noticed a new pair of shoes he had on. They were Starter brand shoes and Starter uses a symbol of a star. I said look a star on your shoe, he said “What” ? You could tell he never seen it (it was quite small) but was very agitated about it very agitated.
But why? He later told me that certain names and symbols he has a real problem with. I told him its just what you attach to it and the fear you have accumulated from life experiences. He told me when he learned the star of David was used for a secret group of evil people, then he just attached it to many other names and symbols he already hates.
The literal mind at work.
In the same way, people accept the meanings that are assigned to symbols, and they react to those meanings in a reflex fashion.
In truth, symbols are open. They have no intrinsic meaning. People can inject any meaning they want to.
But when they’re trapped in a layer of symbolic thinking, they can’t see that. They’re determined to accept the already-assigned meaning and react to it.
Which is an invitation to propagandists.
Worse yet, it’s a fixation that artificially defines the limits of mind.
Symbols form a matrix-shell inside which minds live. Until they don’t.
In case you hadn’t noticed, lunatic school officials have been punishing students for symbols of guns. Pop tart chewed into the shape of a gun. Screen saver showing a picture of a gun. T-shirt with a message supporting the 2nd Amendment.
A story about someone burning an American flag receives far more coverage and more reaction than a statement that the federal government violates the Constitution in a hundred ways.
Presidents are symbols. That is, the public reacts to the meanings broadly assigned to their images. The last time I looked, Americans in Kansas and Ohio weren’t sitting in the Oval Office having long conversations with Presidents.
Neither, I dare say, are Americans sitting down and talking with Satan. They’re reacting to meanings assigned to images of Satan painted by others.
Artists are in a unique position. They can make and unmake symbols at will. They can imbue symbols with meaning and then change the meanings or destroy the symbols. They don’t have to live under the dome of consensus symbols and their assigned meanings.
There are people who will argue that some symbols have “inherent meaning.” As if “the universe” sits around and writes down descriptions in a book, which is irrefutable.
Even if this were true, why do people have to accept those meanings?
Some symbols point to things that actually exist. Other symbols are fabricated with the intent of referring to fictions as if they were real. In both cases, the symbols are cooked and plumped up with meanings to impart a reaction.
I suppose the name Jesus is the most widespread name used on Earth. But instead of standing back and allowing the individual to decide what, if anything, it means to him, priest classes move in and organize religions to tell their stories, to embellish and codify the meaning of that name. And then to fight and kill to defend it.
Now we know Jesus was a fraud at least the name, a made up name for a religious figure. But go to the store and tell people this and some would want to hurt you. Now I know it is a false name, do I go around avoiding people that use it?
Well, if I did I would not be around many people. This is very childish to act like this and it separates people and cause division.
But its just a name right? Why get so torn up over it? Why separate from your neighbors because they say it?
Here is the symbol-maker’s proposition: “I’ll give you a symbol and tell you what it means and what it refers to. Then I want you to accept it, yes, but also to imbue it with feeling and awe and power. Give that power to the symbol. Make that investment. It’s your duty. Don’t vary or quibble.”
This is how humans are made into ciphers. This is mind control.
Dont let names and symbols rule your life. We would not be human if we had no fear, but fear is a way to stay away from danger and its how the evil one separates us!