Psychology of Inner Symbols in Spiritual Philosophy (1) – The Sun Nigeria
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I would appeal to my readers not to be in a hurry to crucify me when reading my articles, especially this one, as the point to be made here may not go down well with those living in religious homes are. cum-worldly ignorance. Those whose nature of spiritual consciousness is confused and webbed by faith alone, knowing nothing but what is told to them by their earthly priests.
This is an article that aims to provide beneficiaries with a deeper insight into the symbolism’s behavior pattern. The language of symbolism is encoded and can be understood through deeper insight into higher realities. The symbolism buried in self-description and cloaked in allegory is illuminated by secret reflection on its meaning.
I once informed my readers that symbolism is the primary tool used by the Divine to communicate with humanity. Literally, symbolism simply means that what you see is not what it is. It is a practical representation of something that has a deeper meaning, or a representation of things that have profound cosmically hidden meanings.
This is the age of science and advanced technology, as a result of which knowledge will increase in various dimensions, but it is obvious that science and technology cannot explain everything and may not be able to create a well-ordered society, hence the need to seek further. In further searching, one should remain open-minded and ready to accept new facts as they unfold in order to steer human consciousness on the right path.
Deeper spiritual studies in symbolism show how it affects people’s psychology and emotions. An intact society can be achieved if symbols and Christian-spiritual ritual symbolism are treated with reverence. So when we refer to the psychology of spiritual symbolism, we consider the use of certain particular figures or identifiers to denote a religious message or divine being, such as the cross for the Christ and the Christian faith.
In the Christian setting, existentialism is an accepted principle and for this to be possible at all there must be tangible things for the eyes to see and appreciate, whether at worship, sacrifice or even ceremonies, hence the phenomenological perspective of the Christian religion. Having established the value and inevitability of existentialism and phenomenology in the Christian religion, a crucial question seems imperative here.
If one wonders whether symbolism is really part of the Christian religion, as in other religions, if so, what is the meaning of such symbols and what must one experience? What do they convey to the Christian who wants to worship God in spirit and in truth?
As we have in traditional African religion, one might wish to know whether the use of such symbols in a traditional religious setting could lead to idolatry. This is a serious question that calls for an answer. Before the advent of Christianity in this part of the world, our ancestors were engulfed in the use of various types of Traditional Spiritual Symbols (TSS). They used them to decorate their communities, achieving a healthy, safe, and better traditional society.
However, it is obvious that most of these symbols are related to shrines and spirits, but do they represent and convey the same meanings in the pantheon? Or are they just a collection of images of real or imaginary objects that evoke feelings or are evoked by feelings? With the onslaught of modernity and Christianity on the symbols, particularly the traditional religious types, does the Christian today still believe and uphold these symbols in their traditional sacredness?
Different people would answer these questions differently. People in the Southeast would certainly have a different answer, while people in the South and Southwest would definitely have a different view according to their cultural values, orientation and tradition, regardless of Christian beliefs.
The point here is that one has to understand the reality in these symbols. Further research to find out whether such symbols are still worshiped by modern Christians is very much needed and will further help us to examine the psychology behind such a belief.