Sabian Symbols: White dove over troubled waters
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
22nd degree of Taurus (21°- 22°)
GUIDANCE IN NATURE
Nature will always produce some symbolic expression of the currently important message for those who can read the signs
By contrast to books, there are sometimes signs. These arise out of larger life rhythms and are more indicative of the greater picture, the cultural vibration as contrasted to the individual; so we are better advised to seek guidance from the signs all around us than simply consulting our own wisdom.
WHITE DOVE FLYING OVER TROUBLED WATERS
White dove flying over troubled waters
White dove over troubled waters
The mind is shaped and strengthened through guidance
In Sufism, the white dove is symbolic of Holy Spirit. There is a part of us, deep and abiding, that resonates with this image. It is this part of us that can be identified as the Guide. If we find an external version of this feeling, then we are directed towards a person for instruction, otherwise we are drawn to stimulate this sense of perfection on a deeper more personal inner level through situations, people and ideas.
Two contradictory core beliefs exist within the minds of people. Some see danger and scarcity, fear predators, and expect trouble. Others trust that there is always a way out, a choice to rise above it all and enjoy. On a very practical level, the positive attitude is safer, in fact, safe – and yet some of us need to be guided towards this belief.
The default condition in life, freely given and ever available, is the understanding of this wisdom. We would actually have to do work, and creatively insist on pessimism, in order to attract bad luck. In other words, relaxing is a very positive life strategy.
An unencumbered mind
An unencumbered mind is creative, effective and optimistic – but it can produce some very unpleasant circumstances if it is allowed to gather dirt and dust around itself, by habitual thinking, woolly or detrimental thoughts.
Mind is by nature flighty and easily seduced; it needs to be shaped and strengthened through guidance. When we have clear reasons, well-defined purposes, and meaningful thinking processes, then we become skilful in reconciling our difficulties in life.
We are born of spirit. As a direct result of this, we have an indwelling orientation towards the re-enactment of divine heritage. The heart knows how to pull us towards the essential pole of our sacred centre.
The beauty is that this all happens whether we want it to or not – automatically. As long as we do not actively steer away from it, we will always be somehow guided towards the true and deep centre of our sacred self.