The Spiral is an ancient sacred symbol representing the changing of life.
The Archetypal Symbol of Cosmic Force
“The spiral is an archetypal symbol that represents cosmic force.” ―Carl Jung
Many ancient traditions use this symbol to represent a variety of spiritual concepts. It’s a moving labyrinth-like form that leads to or from Source. Even as a solid form in rock, it appears to be moving.
This symbol represents the consciousness of nature beginning cascading from its center expanding outwardly. Its found in nature from flowers to the Nautilus Shell. You can spot it in the swirling energy vortex of storms and tornados. Makes you think nature wants us to take note of the symbol. Could it be because we, are on this tiny planet whirling around one of 100 billion suns in a spinning spiral galaxy?
The Fibonacci Sequence & Golden Ratio
This form often follows the perfectly expanding proportions known in mathematics as the Fibonacci numbers, the Golden Ratio, and the recursion method widely used in computer science. This form is also referred to as the equiangular and geometrical spiral because the angle at which a radius increases in geometrical progression as its polar angle increases in arithmetical progression.
The Spiral as a Spiritual Symbol
This marvelous corkscrew form has found its way into the art of almost all cultures, from ancient primitive rock carvings on all continents to today’s corporate logos. They show up in Celtic art, Native American petroglyphs, Nazca earthworks, Arabic architecture, Japanese rock gardens, Hindu spiritual texts, Australian aboriginal paintings, and African art. Surprisingly, no religious or political group has been able to claims exclusive rights to the form. It is prolific in many ancient Shamanic practices and symbols. When you close your eyes, many see a swirling spiral-like pattern. Hypnotists use this form as a means of initiating a trance-like state.
It remains non-sectarian, or maybe pan-sectarian. Or, just maybe it belongs to everyone and excludes no one. The spiral stands for coming into being. It has been associated with the cycles of time, the seasons, the cycle of birth, growth, death, and then rebirth. The cycles of time and nature are the cycles of life.
Some consider the spiral a symbol of the ultimate spiritual journey. It is also considered to represent the evolutionary process of learning and growing. It seems that life doesn’t proceed in a straight line, but rather a spiral. To walk and then stand in the center of a spiral or labyrinth has been a psycho-spiritual exercise for centering the consciousness. Behold the power and mystery of the sacred spiral. Have a Reiki healing session and find out what a spiral can do for you.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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