World Ascension

Written by Theresa Chaze

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Souls have a tendency to choose regions, cultures, and parents who will allowrepparttar maximum amount of spiritual and personal lessons. The freer and more openrepparttar 122117 society,repparttar 122118 more likely it will attractrepparttar 122119 advancing souls. In exchange,repparttar 122120 society will benefit fromrepparttar 122121 advancing souls increased energy levels and its access torepparttar 122122 universal wisdom, which brings about new medical, technological, and scientific discoveries. This self-sustaining process enable bothrepparttar 122123 soul andrepparttar 122124 society, in which it’s a member, to quickly grow towards ascension. The society, which embraces new ideas and wisdom, becomes free of fear. It exploresrepparttar 122125 unknown, finds its secrets, and understands its mysteries therefore it becomes part ofrepparttar 122126 known;repparttar 122127 fear factor is removed. However, in a closed society,repparttar 122128 unknown remains hidden;repparttar 122129 fear factor remains intact. New ideas are afraid to be shared, thereby cutting offrepparttar 122130 any potential gains either onrepparttar 122131 physical or spiritual level. Tradition and history becomerepparttar 122132 ruling force. Change is considered dangerous. Anyone who proposes change is feared and hated. In this type of closed society, ideas quickly become inbred and fixed. Withoutrepparttar 122133 challenges to keep it active,repparttar 122134 bioelectrical systems ofrepparttar 122135 individuals lose their ability to carryrepparttar 122136 higher levels of energy. Parts ofrepparttar 122137 bioelectrical systems start to slow or even shut down. Just as muscles need movement to remain healthy, sorepparttar 122138 brain needs intellectual stimulus to remain active. The slowing ofrepparttar 122139 bioelectrical system effectsrepparttar 122140 entire individual--emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually. This is also a self-perpetuating system. Asrepparttar 122141 souls interact, they reinforcerepparttar 122142 traditional behaviors as good; anyone who thinks or acts outsiderepparttar 122143 norm is punished as evil or banished. The imbalance betweenrepparttar 122144 two societies creates distrust, fear, and hatred. Whenrepparttar 122145 open society tries to enlightenrepparttar 122146 closed, it is seen as an attacking force. The fear factor inrepparttar 122147 closed society increases. Its posture becomes defensive. It ralliesrepparttar 122148 natives to defend its way of life. The more aggressiverepparttar 122149 open society becomes,repparttar 122150 more their actions haverepparttar 122151 opposite affect. The open society is seen as paternalistic and condescending. Whereas their motives may have started out pure,repparttar 122152 potential for back sliding inrepparttar 122153 open society is possible asrepparttar 122154 closed society it judges as backward and ungrateful pulls it back to an earlier thought processes. Communication breaks down onrepparttar 122155 physical level, leading to bigotry, violence and open hostilities. However, with patience and respect,repparttar 122156 spiritual communication can be maintained. In some cases, it isrepparttar 122157 only route still open for communication. Only by openingrepparttar 122158 door, turning on a guiding light, and allowing each soul to startrepparttar 122159 ascension process on its own canrepparttar 122160 stalemate end. Enlightened souls can be guides throughrepparttar 122161 process, but only after they have been invited. Ascended souls have and continue to voluntarily incarnate inrepparttar 122162 closed societies, using their love, courage and wisdom to open it fromrepparttar 122163 inside out. The is no one solution, no one path to ascension. Each soul must findrepparttar 122164 courage andrepparttar 122165 wisdom to fightrepparttar 122166 fear ofrepparttar 122167 unknown. As each individual finds its own path and reachesrepparttar 122168 higher stage of development,repparttar 122169 society she/he lives in is blesses withrepparttar 122170 same growth potential

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Universal Meaning of Celtic Knotwork

Written by Marc Choyt

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A square knot motif concerns structure and stability, which is why buildings userepparttar shape of a square foundation. Numerology has always played a part in ancient cultures and there are many books onrepparttar 122116 subject. The number five, for example, representsrepparttar 122117 four directions andrepparttar 122118 center point, orrepparttar 122119 five senses.

We also often see knot work shaped like an oval, which isrepparttar 122120 shape of an egg. The oval has something to do with generative creativity and birth. Planets circlerepparttar 122121 sun in an oval. And if you squeeze an oval together you getrepparttar 122122 lemniscates,repparttar 122123 symbol for infinity which is very prevalent in knot work motifs.

Many knot work motifs also deal with vectors that travel in a certain direction. If you look atrepparttar 122124 shape of an arrow, it’s easy to understand why a triangle might connote movement.

Another common motif isrepparttar 122125 knot work depicting a trinity. Inrepparttar 122126 Celtic tradition, many deities had three forms. The Mother Goddess was understood torepparttar 122127 maiden, mother and crone. The universe was viewed as heaven, earth and otherworld. We are born, we live and we die. Certainlyrepparttar 122128 trinity knot also illustratesrepparttar 122129 One being dividing off intorepparttar 122130 masculine and feminine, orrepparttar 122131 mother and son-- a mystical truth contemplated in many sacred traditions.

The cross is also a symbol rich in meaning. From a simple point of view, two lines crossing symbolizing a connection or meeting which can be a point of creativity. Some mystics speak ofrepparttar 122132 horizontal axis representingrepparttar 122133 earthly plain, whilerepparttar 122134 vertical axis points towardrepparttar 122135 heavens.

Whilerepparttar 122136 above guide for understanding knot work is not necessarily based on any scholarly or anthropological text onrepparttar 122137 meaning of knots, it does provide a starting point that is based on a universal perspective. Most knot work designs are going to have some variation of these shapes. Spending time contemplatingrepparttar 122138 motif may yield some insight.

Lastly, there’s an essential reason whyrepparttar 122139 knot work is so prevalent, and that is beauty. I will never forget Jaisalmer, an ancient town inrepparttar 122140 desert of Rajasthan. This ancient city, where caravans used to stop and trade, is made from sandstone. Many ofrepparttar 122141 buildings are carved with intricate knot work patterns. Strangers walked up to me and said, “How do you like our beautiful city?” I could see clearly how art is life-giving andrepparttar 122142 need for beauty is something fundamental. Inrepparttar 122143 middle ofrepparttar 122144 desert,repparttar 122145 beautiful knot work in golden stone brings joy torepparttar 122146 heart.

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Marc Choyt graduated from Brown University in 1984 with a degree in English. In 1995, he received an MA degree in Humanities from St. John's College. In 1996, he and his wife, Helen Chantler, founded Reflective Images, a designer jewelry company specializing in contemporary Celtic jewelry. Please send email requests to

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