Sabian Symbols: A student of Nature lecturing
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Capricorn 12 (11° - 12°)
LEARNING TO MANAGE PHYSICALITY
We gain knowledge of the meaning of life as much by overcoming physical limitation as through inner reflection on spiritual matters
"Passing on the life-lessons that you have learnt"
Scientific Materialism has been the driving force of modernity and its push to gain knowledge and dominance of all life has been both wonderful and terrible. We have created the Big Bang theory and walked on the Moon; yet also we have built nuclear and biological weapons. The collective Mind of humanity is the consciousness of the planet, and its purpose is to become more and more conscious of what is the structure and dynamic of life on Earth. This is achieved as we come up against new challenges and find a way to exploit natural resources to meet the challenge.
AN ILLUSTRATED LECTURE ON NATURAL SCIENCE REVEALS LITTLE-KNOWN ASPECTS OF LIFE
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An illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life
True knowledge is imparted through explanation not persuasion
The way to impart lasting knowledge is through explanation rather than persuasion; this reduces the risk of psychological smugness – an unreasonable pride of intellect that is often found to be present whenever a student becomes a teacher.
There are wide ramifications when we move from being a student to the point where we demonstrate our awareness at the level of teacher – we find ourselves having entirely new experiences, for which we find ourselves ill-equipped. We are often thrown back upon gut-level responses to cope with whatever comes up.
Some try to share meaning through the mind’s eye alone, attempting to offer others the vicarious understanding which is brought through on the intellectual side of life. These are lecturers.
Others try to deliver information and exercises by which the student will experience the teaching as a direct fulfilment in consciousness. These are teachers.
The achievement of greater life opportunities, which we may presume is the end-purpose of any teaching, comes only after the full embodiment of any new lesson. Intellect alone cannot provide this.
Self-confidence grows through expansion of knowledge, into areas beyond our previous experience, for which we may have no guidance or role models. Life becomes limitless when an individual discovers that they can master endless facets of understanding through the expansion of reason alone.
Yet without an effective practical application of all their values, these understandings are hollow and lack the depth of feeling required for full satisfaction.