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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Tapestry

Imagine for a moment an endless  line of creatures, - people, dogs, rabbits, fish, bees, butterflies, trees, -  all doing things and thinking.  Spiritually they are creating perceptions – the log of what they are doing and thinking.  Now imagine these perceptions as threads streaming upwards and where the creatures interacted or thought about each other interlinking threads were produced the weft added to the warp.

A Flemish verdure tapestry

Now imagine that depending on the type of thoughts they had, colour was added to the warp and the weft, perhaps blue for sadness, pink for love, red for anger, yellow for sunny happy thoughts, green for sickness and maybe even a dull green for envy.  Dark dark thoughts would be black.  Pure and spiritual thoughts would be white.

Now stand back and explore these perceptions.  What do you see?  You see a tapestry and the symbol of the tapestry means the accumulation of the perceptions of everyone; one can explore a tapestry for its meaning and what one is actually doing is exploring group perception.

Burne-Jones

 

The symbolism ties in very closely with that of the net, but is perhaps more graphic.  The net is used in symbolism when fishes are used as well – ideas caught in nets or weaving their way through a net – ideas spreading.  Tapestries tend to be used more in symbolic literature, poetry and art to convey the sheer emotional richness of life and the strange patterns it takes on.  There are thus links to the idea of weaving and the symbolic loom.

But the tapestry also has an extra dimension to it which conveys some quite powerful symbolism.  Tapestries are made to a pattern, they are not in fact, a wonderful jumble of colours and arbitrary patterns; step back and you see the big picture.

The Great Work is the plan for the evolution of the universe and we are part of that.  The Great Work is thus the pattern for the tapestry of our lives.  We are but one thread in the tapestry, but though we may not know it we may well be working to the pattern – being woven by our spirit helpers.  Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity is simply a facet of this pattern.  All the colours of the pattern come together to create a moment which seems impossible, because of the impossibility of the coincidences that have taken place.  But if there is a pattern, then everything is a synchronous event.  The Tapestry of the Universe is forever in the making.

 last-judgment-tapestry-worcester-art-museum

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