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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Desert

I personally find deserts beautiful places, peaceful, quiet, often with interesting local flora and fauna.  A place where you can gather your thoughts and rest your mind.  Places of such silence and stillness, you often feel close to the spiritual world without needing to sit and meditate.  It is also clear that they are also ideal places to have spiritual experiences, a form of sensory deprivation chamber with the added inducements of thirst and hunger – or in other words fasting – to help you along.  So if you were in the old days ‘cast into the desert’, the purpose may have been to ensure you had a good prolonged taste of spiritual experience.

If, however, you see a desert in your dreams, visions, or hallucinations, the symbolism can be – rather ironically – the opposite of what one may think.

Sometimes it is clear that a desert is just that – a cell with no software – an empty place devoid of systems, but more often, it is a place of temptation because it is the place of the Intellect – the conscious mind and the scheming self.

Why?  The desert is associated with the Sun and heat as well as animals such as the lion.  All these are actually related to not just the creative force but the Intellect and rather ironically the block to spiritual experience.  Spiritual input is cooling but spiritual output is warming hot energy, as such it implies an output of spiritual energy but not enough input.

To be symbolically cast into the desert is to be denied spiritual input.

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