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Symbols and faith in dialogue and in the light of GOLDSPUR

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives from the church Dominus Flevit

By on 30 March 2020

View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives from the church Dominus Flevit

Symbols and beliefs in the light of GOLDSPUR

Symbols and faith are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, the symbolic approach can deepen faith and broaden one's perspective.

Symbols and Faith in Dialogue 

Symbols as a link between space, time and culture

GOLDSPUR deals with the consideration of the symbols in the traditions and their interpretation. This view can be brought to bear independently of faith or a relationship to God and does not affect them in any way.

On the contrary, the symbolic approach can rather lead to a deepened understanding and a broadened perspective by discovering during the interpretation that, for example, biblical contents can also be found elsewhere and also make sense intellectually. Since the same symbols appear in a wide variety of human traditions, they make it possible to establish connections and thus also become a supporting bridge in the larger context and collective context.

The Bible in dialogue with older sources

For the understanding of the Bible, for example, it is only interesting to establish the connection between the Old Testament (the Jewish tradition) and the New Testament. In a further step the symbols also show a connection of the Jewish tradition to the older Sumerian and Babylonian sources.

The crucified sun god

Universal symbols and messages

Many traditions contain general symbols and archetypes such as: the king and queen (for the conscious and the unconscious), the tree (for life between heaven and the underworld), the snake, the dragon (for the ego), the four elements (fire, water, earth and air for the basic energies of existence), the underworld, the hero, the virgin, the kingdom and gold.

Universal symbols in the Bible

In the biblical tradition, these symbols are also central. It begins with the tree and its fruit and continues with the fall into unconsciousness and darkness, where the serpent plays an important role. Also, the four elements as the four cherubim belong to the wholeness and appearance of God. 

Basically, we can say that if the same idea in the form of a symbol or archetype is brought to bear in the most diverse sources , then its universal significance is thereby emphasized and reinforced.

Crown (dreamstime stock)

The destiny of man

The human path to freedom and self-efficacy

For example, many traditions deal with the way to the king, or the king who will come.
The king symbolizes the loving consciousness in the broadest sense. The person who lives consciously and self-effectively in harmony with higher orders is "king in his own life". For he exercises dominion over his body and its resources. These are his kingdom, which blossoms when he takes responsibility as a good king and rules wisely.

Alchemy and Wholeness (Altar No. 3, Hilma af Klint)

The Hero's Path

Likewise, most traditions describe the hero's path through many trials. This hero's path, which is a path of devotion and purification, always proceeds in five phases and finally leads through the lowlands of the unconscious and the realm of the shadows. Here, then, the final victory over the dark shadow ruler, the ego, is won, so that the hero reaches fullness and gains access to the comprehensive spirit and eternal life.

The Heroic Way of Jesus

The life story of Jesus also follows the hero's path and thus passes through all its five phases with awareness, desert, service, trial by fire (crucifixion). In all of this, Jesus' goal was always to draw people's attention to the love of the Father and to call them to repentance into the Kingdom of God.

The descent into the underworld, the shadow

Continuous topicality of the symbols

Impulses in the here and now

Because so many traditions contain the same symbols and archetypes, it is worth taking a closer look. If these are decoded and thus translated for the mind, then the old stories also gain new relevance in today's life. Because through them the consciousness receives new and constructive impulses for healing changes towards a liberated, fulfilled and meaningful life.

God's plan from the beginning: to gather all things together in Christ

Thus, the Bible also confirms that this overarching understanding is entirely according to God's plan, and through it Christ only appears even more strongly as the center. In addition this quotation from Paul from his letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1, 10 (Bible server):

[For it was the plan of God, transcending the ages,] to gather together all things in the Christ, those things which are in the heavens, and those things which are on the earth - in him.[1]

Healing at the light of consciousness

Thereby Christ is in the broadest sense an archetype for the loving consciousness, and is thus also identical with the light (in contrast to the unconscious, which is symbolized by darkness). It is also considered a biblical principle that healing becomes possible where the deepest shadows and abysses of existence come to light.

Awareness and knowledge of the truth through interpretation of the symbols

In summary it is to be said that just the contemplation and interpretation of the symbols (as translation for the mind) can help to more consciousness. With this it is to be hoped that mankind also actually awakens, mobilizes its consciousness of love and mindfulness and recognizes that it is its task to work for the good - so true God / the wholeness help it with it.

Light Cross Tree


[1] Bible, New Testament, Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, chapter 1, 3 to 10; Good News and Elberfelder Translation:

God's plan from the beginning - to sum up everything in Him, literally:
Blessed be our God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! [...] Even before He created the world, He [...] destined us to become His sons and daughters. [...] He has indeed made known to us the mystery of His will [...], the plan for the fulfillment of the ages; to gather all things together in the Christ, that which is in the heavens, and that which is on earth - in Him.[1]

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