Monday, August 22, 2016
Lightning - As A Symbol
(Symbolism and Mythology)
The zigzag drawing, or carving, of the Lightning Bolt is a very
ancient Symbol which is found in all cultures.
Symbolically, Lightning, or Fire from the Heavens, is that Spiritual
Flash which appears to come out of nowhere in order to instantly
awaken new Thoughts and ideas within us. Therefore the Symbol
of Lightning represents that Flash from Above which suddenly
sheds Light upon those new vistas of Awareness, Illumination,
Insight and Enlightenment which had been previously concealed
Lightning often precedes rain, therefore it is also associated with
Water. When viewed in this manner, Lightning is the supernatural
force from above which destroys, cleans out, and purges whatever
is old so that the Creative Water contained within the rain can
moisten that which has been cleansed in order for new life,
and new growth, to begin. In this way, Lightning Symbolizes the
Divine Principle of Creative Destruction.
As a "bolt out of the blue" Lightning appears suddenly and without
warning. It is an awesome statement from above. And, against the
dark night sky, it is a giant and emphatic spark of Illumination which
seems to come from an unseen Source.
Mythologically and Symbolically Lightning is a weapon, or
instrument, of the gods. For example, Zeus is portrayed as holding
a handful of Lightning bolts which he is prepared to hurl toward
whatever person, place or thing that requires the attention-getting
Spark of Illumination from unseeable, yet ever-present, Divinity.
With these thoughts in mind, it becomes easy for us to recognize
and understand the Spiritual and Esoteric concepts Symbolized by
the bolt of Lightning.
As an instantaneous and forceful instrument of Divinity, Lightning
represents a powerful and unforgettable statement from a higher
source; the blinding light of mental and spiritual Illumination from
above; and a flash of inspiration or enlightenment which seems to
come to us from heaven itself.
It is the heavenly fire of instant inspiration, enlightenment and
revelation. In other words, Lightning is the Symbol of an Epiphany.
It represents the Spiritual Moment when Divinity connects, and
shares Enlightenment, with a worthy and well-qualified Seeker or
Initiate which thereby elevates the mind, Spirit and Wisdom of this
special individual to a higher Eternal and Spiritual plane.
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