Sabian Symbols: A double promise
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Aries 25 (24°- 25°)
EXPECTATION OF GOODNESS
It is crucial to envision what we hope to experience
We can only ever attract life situations in keeping with our expectations in accordance with what we deeply believe. Therefore optimism has to become a constant disciplined practice, the exaltation of which is faith. Living in faith is a revelation, the disclosure of vast and wonderful possibilities. We learn to live differently - head in the clouds, feet on the earth - what Sufis describe as being in the world but not of the world.
THE POSSIBILITY FOR MAN TO GAIN EXPERIENCE AT TWO LEVELS OF BEING
The possibility for man to gain experience at two levels of being
A double promise
We get what we want, or we will come to want what we get
Whenever we fully access the information made available to us through our senses, and feel into the implications, then we experience greater sensibility. As a direct result of this we become more resourceful, and since few people are able to do this, one who does gains an edge.
This ability is a spiritual gift and misusing it would be a compromise of personal integrity – chicanery is always better avoided. If we get stopped in our tracks then we can surely find alternative options, and some of these will have equal – or even greater – value to us than what we thought we wanted. By noticing this unlikely fact, we grow in trust that everything always turns out well in the end.
The double promise is that we get what we want, or we will come to want what we get. There is skill and wisdom in learning when to move from the first to the second.
Looking beneath the surface of this life-affirming idea, we may see how it applies in the process of optimising cooperative endeavours. Cooperation often asks us to moderate or put aside our own track of activity. With the full confidence that the unexpected always eventually leads us true, we have no difficulty bending a little.
We learn to turn negative ideas and feelings around, confident that better things are coming. Everything can be seen as valid – to test us and to train us – to assist our process of learning how to measure our own needs against those of others, and seek equality rather than advantage. That we can gain advantage is a false concept. What suits our long-term wellbeing best is to live in balance; advantage disturbs that balance, and might easily lead to a distorted perception of self as having greater importance than another.
When we are happy with the way we are, we no longer externalise our conflicts; we deal inwardly with the ever-present dualities. Of course it is still helpful to engage with others whose life-view differs radically from our own, and yet we seek cooperation rather than competition. Everything needs to find its balance, and this is more explicitly enacted in cooperative endeavour than elsewhere. So we can learn how to find it within ourselves from finding this balance with others.
The optimist sees set-backs as clear symbols of a better situation approaching, and begins confidently looking out for this newly-expected good fortune. Of course, this anticipation of success speeds up the process and quickly attracts hard evidence of its realisation.