Sabian Symbols: A woman entering a convent
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
24th degree of Capricorn (23° - 24°)
SOCIETY'S APPROVAL OF SPIRITUAL SEEKERS
Those who choose to pursue a life of devotion to God are
supported by the community
Not only does society offer support and reward for the noble participant; it also provides for the person who chooses not to participate in the mainstream. In some cultures, notably India with its sannyasins, the culmination of a life well lived was the absolute freedom from family responsibility and social duties. This insight points to the fact that the community acknowledges and approves of a higher transcendent level of personal attainment.
A WOMAN ENTERING A CONVENT
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A woman entering a convent
True life-satisfaction is beyond us until we find something to make sacred
When a person enters any secluded environment it is in order to place firmer limits upon their exposure to sensory stimuli. A convent is designed for such a purpose because the mind often becomes less troubled when in prison cells or prayer cells.
The mind is a complex thing and is so easily distracted that it rarely knows peace. Those who learn meditation and prayer are first and foremost learning to control the restless mind. This enables a different kind of dialogue wherein the self is seen as a third party. We become able to review who we are and what we are doing and thinking.
We find on retreat that life-satisfaction is beyond our reach unless and until we find allegiance with something of greater consequence than our selfish concerns.
We need to be challenged on a fundamental level before we can ever find a cause, a being or a set of values to stir us at the necessary depth. It first seems as though we are so challenged by people and circumstances, yet this is not a deep enough perception. It is we who challenge ourselves; no other assessment has any lasting relevance.
Until we consecrate our lives, we do not have access to sacredness. Passing through the gate of sacredness is how we sanctify all and everything. Before this passage, no matter what we do, we are always somewhat empty. After, we always default to the condition of completeness.
The self is only ever a shadowy echo of All-Self; we are insignificant before God.
Yet what eventually gives us significance – supreme, eternally valid and enduring – is to come to know the transcendental state of being not-separate. When we lose self we find Self. The false self is the mask that covers the Truth that being nothing is being everything.
A woman entering a convent
Commentary from Mandy McKinley
Sacrifice of the lower self for a greater service. Renouncing attachment to material and worldly possessions. To enter sanctuary for communion with God and self-realisation. A new commitment of devotion to the evolution of one's soul. Inner alchemy. Beginning process of the actualisation of the Divine Feminine. The doorway to heaven. Crossing a threshold.
Commentary from Richard Grey
N - the truth of who we are
T - blended, interdependent relationship | the allegiances we form
G - dealing with immediate, but transient, needs and pleasures | our decisions
P - the creative sources of our situations | our purpose
Y - harmonious accord | sustainable, balanced joy
Goodbye: It seems to me this is all about our approach and ability to make decisions rather than overwhelm (N), harmony (T) or acceptance (Y).