Sabian Symbols: A carrier pigeon
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Leo 22 (21° - 22°)
Having a specific goal trains spiritual knowledge towards a given purpose and makes it safer and more constructive
Perhaps the best way to integrate spiritual wisdom into personality is through service. It is not an entirely necessary function of the seeker and yet it is rare indeed to find a highly evolved person who does not gladly serve without expectation of full compensation. Often this service is through healing, teaching and guidance.
A CARRIER PIGEON FULFILLING ITS MISSION
A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission
Enlightenment is a normal process – the marrying of intuition with rationality
A carrier pigeon symbolises the giving and receiving of messages. Here it alludes to the ability of an enlightened mind to apply itself to any question and come to know that which needs to be learned.
When we have properly developed our normal processes of mind to perfect rational and intuitive thought, then we can command knowledge and gain greater mastery over all situations. One who has knowledge has power, but knowledge does not present itself to us gift-wrapped, it arises in response to a clear, direct enquiry sustained over time.
The softer side of knowledge is intuition and develops in line with incisive rationality. In balance, these two facilities of mind enable us to receive and understand messages of immediate pertinence, which have to be currently relevant in order for us to grasp the deepest implications and subtleties.
We recognise that such an ability is likelier to be expressed when we face unfamiliar or critical issues; it is there for when we need it. Yet we must ‘turn it on’ by directing our attention to the existence of this understanding within us.
Implicit within this is the extraordinary extent to which we can count on life to provide whatever we need, in response to our clear focus of enquiry. Each of us has special requirements for which intelligence is essential to know how to respond to events, and those who realize how to uncover this have a special advantage.
Many on the path to enlightenment seem to be willing to let go of simple good sense. This is not at all helpful. To make mystical what is in fact normal pushes it away from our grasp. Enlightenment is a normal progression of every mind as it aspires towards self-perfection. It is not a state, it is a process. It is a distortion of purpose to direct the mind towards pessimism, anxiety and ignorance; clear enquiry is optimistic and expectant. Unhappy, unknowing people attract the negative aspects of life whereas happy, enlightened people know that what works best in any situation is faith.
Much of what we want in life is easily available and immediate – there is literally nothing between us and the fulfilment of our desire – whether for knowledge or for satisfaction. Yet we have to release want; we must allow it to be replaced with the end of want. Enlightenment is the end of wanting knowledge. The enlightened mind affirms answers not questions – and with the same certainty that a carrier pigeon has in returning home.