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Beheading

Felicien Rops – The Sentimental Initiation

Beheading can occasionally be experienced during the more gruesome rebirth spiritual experiences – see Types of Spiritual experience – however symbolically it has a different meaning.

As we saw in the overview description of  ‘How to get to heaven’,  if we use the approach that requires gradual subjection and suppression of functions in order to subjugate the Will and hence the personality, there is the need to minimise any threats, opportunities, obligations and desires

One of the major sources of all of these is the body itself. Via the nervous system and the autonomic system sensations are constantly being received that simply serve to distract.  They stimulate the Will into action and once it is racing along being fired up by the huge meal we have just eaten or the vague stirrings of a relaxed willy, the urgent callings of a full bladder and the petulant messages from sore feet, not only are we unlikely to get any form of spiritual experience at all, but we are very unlikely to ever be able to replace the personality with the Higher spirit [if that is our goal].

If, however, you have managed to master the art of subduing all the sensations that are coming from the body so that they no longer bother you, you have symbolically been ‘beheaded’ – managed to divorce yourself from your body.

The plate, the story of John the Baptist and numerous other myths that involve beheading are allegories. 

The use of ‘Beheading’ ironically goes with the symbol of the Helmet.  The Sword is often symbolically one of the useful by-products of Beheading and certainly symbolically goes with it.

We have gained the expression  ‘Losing your head’ not from the frequency of executions in medieval England, but from the after effects of a visionary beheading.

So Lewis Carroll’s queen was a helpful soul when she tried to help everybody by giving the order ‘Off with his head’.  But then Lewis Carroll knew a thing or two in this area.

Alice in Wonderland “Off with her head”

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