Sabian Symbols: Crowds coming down a mountain
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Scorpio 24 (23° - 24°)
GROUNDING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES INTO LIFE
We cannot sustain peak experiences, we must find a way to bring their teachings into normal everyday life
"Practical application of spiritual principles"
Whatever we decide, and perhaps manage to achieve in the moment, any root-level shift in our way of being must be grounded into our day to day experiences and behaviours or they will not stand. There are always challenges and examinations and it is all too easy to backslide. We have to find a way to bring higher consciousness into everyday life – and this is the greatest task for a devotee.
AFTER HAVING HEARD AN INSPIRED INDIVIDUAL DELIVER HIS "SERMON ON THE MOUNT," CROWDS ARE RETURNING HOME
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Having heard an inspired individual deliver his "sermon on the mount," crowds are returning home
To influence the many, words of inspiration must sparkle with magnetism
This is all about how higher realisations are brought into everyday reality. Typically a person somehow gets into a receptive state – and one example might be meditating on a mountaintop – and then has the task of making an appeal to have their message heard.
There is a dimensional difference between the first personal feeling of an idea, and the specific clear articulation of it. Until spoken, the message in fact does not even exist. However, the functionality of grounding an ideal or spiritual wisdom has as much to do with its initial confirmation as its arising in the mind of the visionary.
And going one step further, a single witness is not enough. Any aspiration within the message is meaningless until it achieves practical focus in those realms and events with which people in general are familiar. A bridge must be built between the realm of ideas and the realm of behaviour, and this must include the establishing of rapport with the audience through empathy with their specific reality.
A prophet or teacher receives recognition for their intellectual or spiritual attainment as much by responding to material concerns as heavenly. Many a brilliant concept or teaching has been wastefully cast on deaf ears – as seeds on stony ground.
Certainly we see that spiritual wisdom generates the supremacy of authority over people – yet only when applied in tangible form. In this case it can enlist spectacular support and awaken the higher potentialities of its adherents.
Even ideas are subject to entropy, so the purity of the initial inspiration is always somewhat corrupted as it interfaces with practicality. Principle and expediency dance the dance of heaven and earth – each nothing without the other, yet both engaged in an attempt to dominate.
The balance is in responding with innocent wisdom to the practical needs of the moment, yet never gullibly believing that fairies and angels will ever replace human competence.