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Bell Symbolism

Let’s talk about a bit briefly first about bell symbolism.

Bells have a deep symbolic meaning that is associated with the mind and the expansion of consciousness.

Bell Symbolism

Bells are also associated with clocks, indicating the hour by ringing. Indeed, the word clock comes from the Latin word cloca, meaning bell. Bells in clock towers or bell towers can be heard over long distances, which was especially important in the time when clocks were too expensive for widespread use.Bell Symbolism

Throughout society and culture around the world, bells have a multitude of meanings and purposes. Bells symbolize beginnings and endings. Bells are rung at weddings, funerals and to kick off boxing rounds on the Jerry Springer show. Church bells gather people by summoning them to church or events. Bells announce that someone’s at the door or on the phone and warn us not to cross railroad tracks. Chimes tinkling in the breeze can relax us and help us guess the speed of the wind. Bells even have the power to tell us what to do! Alarm clocks tell us to wake up and school bells tell us to get to class.

Bell Symbolism

Bells have a deep symbolic meaning that is associated with the mind and the expansion of consciousness.

As you know, the sounding of a bell is a signal that informs us of something; the start or end of mass or class, an emergency, a wake-up call or, in the case of the old town crier, to grab attention before making an announcement.

Everybody knows that!

We can therefore deduce the symbolic meaning of a bell probably has something to do with information. You also know that information is a method of accruing wisdom so you have a better understanding of something.

Ancient sages created esoteric symbolism to disguise the actual meaning of their writings. They used everyday objects people are familiar with to help them remember, learn and understand complex lessons of consciousness and the mind.

Even when I tell you that bells represents accruing wisdom, it only scratches the surface of it true deeper meaning.

The symbolic meaning of the bell in religions

The official explanation of symbolic meanings given by religious institutions also scratch the surface. In Christianity, the bell is said to represent the ‘voice of God.’

In China, bells are rung to communicate with spirits. Buddhists, Hindus and the Russian Orthodox Church also say the sound of the bell directly addresses the deity.

These same religions also link superstitions to bells. You may have heard that ringing a bell protects you by warding off evil spirits – negativity is a better way to explain ‘spirits’.

Ancient sages also made the connection that the dome of the bell is the ‘vault of heaven’ and the clapper is the ‘voice of the divinity.’ The dome actually represents the female sexual organs and the clapper represents the male phallus. As do domes and towers of churches and temples.

The deeper symbolic meaning of bells

A balanced mind has the capacity to analyse a situation and be creative enough to find the ideal solution. Even in modern times, neuroscientists and phycologists describe the left and right hemispheres of the mind as having qualities mostly associated with male or female.

It is believed the left side of the brain is mostly used for analytical purposes which is associated as a male trait. The left hemisphere is more intuitive and aware of your surroundings which is a feminine trait (most women will agree that most men walk round with the eyes closed.)

Both hemispheres processes information. And it is in the control centre that we acquire wisdom in order to make decisions. In Buddhism, the resonance of a bell signifies ‘pure wisdom’ because the sound is one of perfect harmony and clarity.

The Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, the bringer of knowledge and wisdom, is associated with the bell. The reverberation of the bell is used to help worshippers disengage the mind so that it becomes receptive.

The curved dome is said to represent Ananta, the celestial snake on which Lord Vishnu reclines. The seven-headed serpent is symbolic of limitless consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word Ananta means, ‘endless.’

So from all these breadcrumbs, we can deduce that the bell represents the mind’s ability to ascend conscious awareness and tap into the wisdom of our higher conscious – which is boundless.

The ‘voice of God’ – your higher conscious – is always there with you always. You just have to choose to listen. So the next time you hear a bell ringing, remember you can ask your higher conscious anything and get the right answer.

Until next time, Justine xxx

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