Symbols Blogpost

The Power of Symbols

15 January 2019

Symbols are the core of Ramaya. What are symbols actually? And why do they help to live from our hearts? Why do we call them power symbols?

The symbol itself has no power. But you, the bearer of the symbol do. The power to start something, or to cope with challenges. The symbol reminds you of that power.

Make Peace, Not War

The peace symbol reminds me direclty of ‘hippies’ with round sunglasses in VW vans, who make a ‘peace sign’ with the index and middle finger in the air.

So what is the power of this symbol? The symbol itself does not provide peace. It is just a circle with three straight lines. The power of the symbol is not its form, but the fact that it evokes something in you.

“The peace symbol was designed in 1958 by the British pacifist and designer Gerald Holtom, as an emblem for a demonstration against nuclear weapons.”

Limitless

The beautiful thing is that you do not have to be able to read in order to understand a symbol. That makes a symbol for an illiterate just as valuable. In addition, a symbol is not tied to a language and can therefore make communication between different peoples easier.

Yin-Yang

Take for instance the Chinese ‘yin-yang’ sign. Many of us will not speak, read or write Chinese, but we do understand the meaning behind the ‘yin-yang’ sign.

The symbol shows that things are not black or white, but that there is always a piece of one in the other. For example, men are not purely male, but also have female characteristics.

“The yin-yang symbol is the ancient Chinese representation of cosmic duality, where yin symbolizes femininity and yang masculinity.”

Perspectief

A symbol can be interpreted differently by one group of people in one time than by another group of people in another era. A good example of this is the ‘swastika’ sign.

This sign symbolizes peace and continuity in India. But here in the Netherlands we associate the symbol with hatred and war. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were to study the history of the swastika symbol so that we could come into contact with the wisdom behind it?

“When translated literally from Sanskrit, “swastika” is made up of “su” meaning “good” and “asti” meaning “being”. In other words, well-being.”

Live From Your Heart

The ‘Flower of Life’ and the ‘Seed of Life’ are fairly new symbols. Not because they were invented only a few years ago, they are often used for thousands of years, but mainly because we do not yet link them to a particular culture or movement.

You see the ‘Seed of Life’ and the ‘Flower of Life’ popping up in more and more places; from Instagram to album covers of popular bands. They are associated with a growing group of conscious people who want to live more and more in line with who they really are. People who want to live from their hearts.

When you are at the beginning of a new journey you could carry a Seed of Life symbol with you. Maybe you are still in your old life, but you have already planted the seed for your new life. Regularly seeing the ‘Seed of Life’ can remind you of this seed and encourage you to take action.

Or you hang the Flower of Life on your wall. When you come home after a tiring day at work and you are lost in negative feelings, looking at this symbol can remind you that everything is actually perfectly balanced. That there is no ‘we’ and ‘she’. That this is only part of the human illusion. You can laugh and relax, so that you can allow positive feelings again.

In this way, symbols can help you live from your heart. By occasionally reminding you of the beautiful things you had forgotten for a while. By triggering positive emotions that encourage you to take action. To do that in your life that you really want deep inside.