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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Thread and cord

We have both inputs and outputs coming from and going to the spiritual world. In effect we are symbolically connected to the external spiritual world, firstly via our composers, and Higher spirit but also symbolically by a sort of ‘conduit’ to us. 

 

Although ladders, ropes and wings all appear to be similar as means of ascent, there is a very distinct difference symbolically. 

  • Wings - The ones with wings are those who are capable of having spiritual experiences with little difficulty.  In a sense they are the ‘mystics’, but they are also naturally able to ‘fly’. 
  • Ladders, chains and stairs - Those with ladders have a rather slow upward climb that involves stages and steps towards the goal of enlightenment.  These are people on the spiritual path. As a consequence those on ladders have spiritual awareness and are climbing up to the spiritual world via wisdom and inspiration, for example,  as opposed to visionary experiences 
  • Ropes, threads, thread etc - The ones using perceptions have to have assistance from above and occasionally below and are always having to pull themselves up by sheer hard work against the ‘gravity’ of the pull to the earth – the physical.  It means the person is much more attuned to the world of physical perceptions and the physical, and is not naturally a spiritual traveller.  If they make it, it will only be through sheer force of will and perseverance. 

It appears that the type of ascent is not always of our choosing, it is decided by destiny.The symbolism of the rope or vine or similar  is worldwide.  In the 1940s, for example,  Alfred Metraux discovered that the South American Caribs experience visions induced by tobacco juice and hot pepper. They ‘see’ a twisted rope, climb it in the vision with the aid of ‘the Grandfather vulture’ and so reach the first level of the cosmos. 

If we go ‘out of body’ this string is occasionally seen as the link between our perception function and the composer – traveling off into the rest of the spiritual realm for us.

This aspect is an important feature of the out of body experience
It is our composer that does the travelling, but via our perceptions – this long cord that links us to the composer -  our Conscious self gets to see  beyond our own mind and body.  The thread or cord is thus symbolic of our perceptions not any form of spiritual input.

Different tribes and indigenous people have various traditions about the thread that links the soul to the body.  Australian Aborigines say that it issues from the mouth [or the penis].

Some see the thread coming from the centre of the forehead [the third eye], some from the back of the neck.  The Selk'nam Indians of Patagonia, for example, say that in an out of body experience, the soul flies and trails a fine thread

If cut, the person dies as their soul/higher spirit has been severed from their body

Thus it is from these actual experiences from shamans that we get the generally held story of the 'Grim Reaper' who cuts the thread of life.  In out-of-body experiences, which are acknowledged to be dangerous visionary experiences, this can happen.  There are shamans who never found their way back.

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