Symbols - What does heaven look like
A room is symbolic of a function. When found in the body it is a bodily function. Where it is found in the mind it is indicative of learnt function. Learnt functions are basically of two sorts – executable functions and predictive functions.
An executable function is something we can do and have learnt. So, for example, cook, ride a bike, drive a car, mend punctures, use a computer, bake bread, dance the tango.
Executable functions can also include learnt behavioural responses to an emotion. Thus if we really want to rampage round the house in a rage at something that has happened, then the behavioural response might be to temper this action and merely say ‘dear dear, how annoying’.
A predictive function is a model of cause and effect. If this happens then something else will happen – so for example, if I pat my little dog, then there is a high likelihood that he will wag his tail. If I gently kiss his nose, he will then run round and round in circles wagging his tail. If he doesn’t, then I really panic – because my predictive model has been threatened and I go round the house driving my husband demented wondering what is wrong with my little dog, rather than wondering [as I should do] what is wrong with my predictive model.
Every room has a tendency to provide you with both details of your ‘practical’ learnt functions but also details of the behavioural and predictive learnt functions. It may also give you a hint about autonomic functions. Thus there may be rooms for the learnt functions reactions to the emotions and feelings of hunger, thirst, desire, love, joy, anger, disappointment, pain and so on. So the Conscious reaction to the subconscious.
On the whole we are only ever likely to see the rooms that are causing us problems, occasionally we may get a simple lesson in understanding rooms, but the composer doesn’t normally waste its precious time with us on such unimportant trivia – no it homes in on the important. The basic symbolism employed is fairly simple to work out, but there may be all sorts of subtle complexity that you have to make sure you do not miss.
- Dining room - If you are shown a dining room, then the learnt function being shown is probably our response to hunger – gluttony or abstemiousness or neither. It may also be a learnt skill, such as entertaining and our reaction to it. BUT it may simply the composer letting us know we are hungry!
- Toilet - If you are shown a toilet, then the learnt function being shown is our response to defecation or urination – this may sound odd but the wrong toilet training for a child can dog them for the rest of their lives. A mother only has to get annoyed when changing the nappy of a sensitive child and mention ‘dirty poo’ or worse ‘filthy poo’ [the tone of voice is enough] and we have a pattern set for life. When mummies washed nappies by hand, this was more of a problem. Potty ‘training’ can also have the same result. BUT it may simply the composer letting us know we need a wee
- Bathroom - If you are shown a bathroom, then the learnt function being shown is our response to cleanliness, a learnt habit – over cleanliness [obsession] or the reverse or some other subtle pattern of behaviour. BUT it may simply the composer letting us know we need a bath!
- Library/study - If you are shown a library or study , then the learnt function being shown is our response to learning – over bookish or not bookish enough or , again, some other subtle pattern – for example a dislike of books and learning possibly created by a crappy school. BUT it may simply the composer letting us know what we have learnt
- Living room - If you are shown a living room, then the learnt function being shown is our response to everyday life – open, jolly, colourful, simple, stark or bare. This is quite a useful area to explore as if the room is cluttered and untidy – this is our life – too full of ‘stuff’ at a mental level.
- Kitchen – some of the symbolism of the dining room can be found here too – our response to hunger – but it can also indicate other sorts of learnt function. On the positive side it may simply show that we have learnt how to cook and be a good ‘homemaker’. Kitchens which are warm and cosy and homely probably indicate a good homer maker, a person who is good at cooking and making a home for others. But you need to also look out for other symbolism here, boiling pots, unpleasant smells – knives in particular.
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- Bedroom – our learnt function response to sex and love. We might see passion symbolised, or lust, or frigidity the cold bare room and the empty bed. This is very very key here as it could show any number of learnt responses to suppressed perceptions. It can indicate abuse. It may show the learnt response to the dogmatic and repressive Victorian morals of our parents, or the learnt behaviour occasioned by perhaps one failed love affair. Fear of rejection carried through in a pattern of behaviour which merely repeats itself, in that if rejection is expected, so rejection is forthcoming. BUT it may simply the composer letting us know that our body longs for a bonk!
- If you see this lot in flames, it has to go, it is a destructive learnt behaviour.
Bedrooms in flames, for example, may indicate the need to destroy desires or learnt behaviour that is preventing spiritual progress or they could indicate lust [or both!] – it depends on the person.
A whole host of other symbolism can emerge related, for example, to the emotion that a behavioural response is combating. Colour symbolism might be employed – red for rage, blue for a cold response or sadness, pink for happiness and so on. But the symbolism employed here can be very culturally based or even person specific.
A blue room in India may indicate a spiritually aware personality, whereas in the UK it may symbolise coldness, aloofness and so on.
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