Sabian Symbols: A prism
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Pisces 29 (28°- 29°)
SEEING GOD IN EVERYTHING
There are two directions that concern us deeply, whether we are looking for God or looking as if through God's eyes
"Simultaneously looking for God and looking through God's eyes"
The white light is divided into a diversity of rainbow colours by a raindrop or a prism and shows clearly the allegory of the relationship between the One and the many. Isn’t this what we’ve been seeking for – the understanding of our relationship with God? God chose to express itself as diversity, the Creator created a multiplicity of facets of itself. We cannot therefore ever expect to end our evolutionary journey – since God itself is not static, The Creator is creative and so always changing its expression like a kaleidoscope. Life itself therefore requires differentiation. We do not know God only by surrendering the self, we need also to express the self creatively.
LIGHT BREAKING INTO MANY COLOURS THROUGH A PRISM
Light breaking into many colours through a prism
We need reliable values to navigate the stormy waters of life
The prism is a device created to validate the hypothesis that white light is irrefutably made up of component colours having different wavelengths. This is not something that occasionally changes, according to moods or dates, or even variations in pressure and temperature, but is a fixed point of reference for us all.
The world is essentially stable; we can rely upon normal processes to have normal, appropriate outcomes. It is upon this fact that we have collectively created our understandings about the nature of reality, and how to navigate the stormy waters of physical life.
What we call common knowledge has its foundation in this stability, and normal intelligence then validates our personal experience, by making connection between what we feel, and what we know must be true.
Nature does not amend its working principles willy-nilly, and neither does a mature individual. What is is, and it has a strong inclination to remain so. Existence itself arises out of a set of basic values, which do not change unnecessarily. Through these principles, we are able to maintain a sufficient degree of control over our environment to ensure survival and the accomplishment of our purposes in life.
As years go by, the values by which we live become the qualities that enable us to expand our experience, and develop knowledge, faith and wisdom. The promise of exceptional achievement is made good through the application of remarkably fine judgement, which shows in the finesse we bring to the realisation of our core vision.
Perhaps now we see that the prism image is a metaphor that speaks to us of how Unity is one with diversity, despite appearances. We may also come to see that in fact, whatever we may find close at hand gives evidence to the same cosmic relationship – all is one, and ever has it been so.
Of course when we understand how things work, and are successful at demonstrating this, there exists the danger of pride – the emotion that pushes us to find validation externally in the eyes of others. We need to monitor the effect of our beliefs upon others so that we avoid any presumption and intrusion when we do this.
Commentary from James Burgess
We can see within the metaphor of the ability of a prism to diversify light, the operation of a mindset within ourselves. In this state of mind, we are able to focus a stream of light, descending, into a spreading, radiant atmosphere of rainbow light, a richness, spreading out into the world around us.
Breathe slowly and deeply. On the inhalation, see a stream of white light above the crown and descending into the body. On the exhalation see light radiating out from the heart centre in all directions, as rainbow colours.