Sabian Symbols: A comedian entertaining a group
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 2 (1°- 2°)
ADJUSTMENT TO FEEDBACK
Becoming able to see ourselves objectively from another’s viewpoint
"Adjustment to feedback"
Objectivity arises when we come to see that we exist within an extended sphere of reality, and when we can laugh at how insignificant we actually are within that inestimable, cosmic world. We see how silly is our prideful self-love and, within the context of the greater picture, how irrelevant are our personal thoughts and feelings. It is a great leap forward on the path to realisation when we release self-importance.
A COMEDIAN REVEALS HUMAN NATURE
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A comedian reveals human nature
A comedian entertaining the group
Life is the mirror that shows us who and what we are
Intuitively, the feeling of having our own distinctive mind-set of beliefs, needs, dreams and attitudes is subjective proof of our uniqueness of identity. Philosophers suggest this is an illusion from a relationship with our environment – although most assuredly, it has meaning to us. Yet there is the tendency to repress much of our uniqueness out of shame, fear or other inhibitions that have arisen from external pressure.
To the soul, it actually matters very little what role we choose to play out but, probably because we seek self-reassurance, we repeatedly rehearse certain aspects of personality. These are naive attempts to experience life on our own terms. The comedian’s task is to reveal other aspects, those which lurk beneath the gloss of what is socially acceptable, so that these denied parts can find release.
There is no limit to the variations of expression of our uniqueness, and no requirement to favour this over that – indeed it is important to experiment, and not judge one aspect of personality better than another – all aspects of self need to be promoted to discover the fullest range of potentialities. By laughing at humanity’s funny ways, an entertainer softens resistance within us to acknowledge certain of our own unlovely qualities.
Although this process facilitates self-awareness, it does not guarantee it. Really we need to reach out and attempt to understand the significance and wisdom of whatever comes up and is being shown to us. We can laugh with the comedian in order to release trivial tensions, or we can delve deeper to reach for hidden understandings, and then the release can be experienced on a much deeper level.
We come across the same type of light-hearted revelation in so many different connections with people, and it is according to our preference whether we see them as idle diversions or find a glimpse of the truth of transcendence within each seemingly insignificant event that we encounter. The clowning can be considered as either a frivolous entertainment or profound and widespread spiritual teaching; the choice is ours.
Self-expression develops personal power; the power of personality evolves in the confident expression of the authentic self. Individuality arises out the polarity between affirmation and surrender of self as our worldview comes up against another’s and, whether in anger, or laughing gently, we are made to pause.
The emergence of who we really are occurs as Life, which perpetually holds up a mirror to itself through us and to us. This is the essence-secret. Wrapped up in clouded mystery, with its own conflicts and distortions that have yet to be released, what we see is nothing more than a reflection of our own inner nature.