Symbols, say Europeans, are Signs while Symbolism is the representation of a Thought (generally an idea, emotion, or value) by means of a Sign. However, a Sign points to something while a Symbol stands for or takes the place of another thing. In other words, Sign and Symbol may be differentiated according to whether the point is placed on what is pointed out (Sign) or what functions as a substitute (Symbol). Thus, some kind of relationship or similarity between the Symbol and the Thing symbolized invariably exists. Newer Symbols are typically related to older Symbols from which they evolved, just as these older Symbols are related to even older Symbols. For example, throughout history many different things have been used to denote water (e.g. waves, ice, mist), although the root meaning of 'wet,' with the significance of an essential nutritional substance, has remained unchanged, regardless of the particular culture or time period under consideration. Today, there are many forms of water and many symbols for it as well. Secular Symbols are always an object, suggesting something higher than appears to the eye--over and above the impression it makes on the senses. The reason is that it causes something else to come into ones mind as a consequence of itself.
The story of Symbols started in the earliest of African times where their Rock Art pictures were used as Symbols or Signs to give messages. Since problems arose if Receivers misunderstood it, apparently they agreed the pictures of certain parts of the body, or plants or animals, would always be used as Symbols to mean certain things. That is how writing, also symbolic, began in 77,000 BC Africa. In Ancient Africa and elsewhere, Symbolism, the language of Heraldry, has it widest scope in connection with Religion--playing a great part in the Old Testament and the structure of the Jewish Temple. Early Christians used Symbolic designs (e.g. on rings, seals, the palm branch, the cross, fish, doves, the anchor) that enabled them to know each other without betraying themselves to their persecutors. From the 3rd to the 8th century the carvings and frescoes of the catecombs supplied abundant examples of early Christian imagery. Nearly every detail in Christian architecture, every article of church furniture, and each ecclesiastical vestment are symbolically significant. The Holy Spirit was sometimes depicted in human form (idolatry) from the 10th to 17th century. Meanwhile, since Very Ancient African times, Symbols have pervaded Chemistry and Mathematics.
Symbols serve as building blocks adding to the "structure" called the Mind. Like a Crystal, a Symbol's first particles come together to produce a unit cell, as bricks are the unit making up a brick wall. Other unit cells form on all sides of the first to start the process of growth, like families coming together to create a unified village. Its core, the essence of what the Symbol represents, is converted into a higher order of energy expression to form a customized "Phantom"--serving as the "Payload," motivating agent, and aura source. A flawed Symbol in one of the mind's building blocks dilutes and pollutes adjacent building blocks, like an ink drop in a glass of milk. Also, just as liquids and gases are arranged in irregular patterns, moving constantly and forming other irregular and non-repeating patterns, so do flawed Symbols simulate that. Flawed Symbols that overwhelm the Mind act like sham Crystal gazers generating magical images and thoughts or causing one to view things as if they are unpleasant dreams. The most destructive flawed Symbols put one on anti-Spiritual Elements Tracks where convincing bad persuasions are made by illusions/delusions, mis-conceptions, and misinterpretations derived from things not seen or heard realistically; having been over-generalized or insufficiently generalized; from failing to see the patterns of the Spiritual Elements; from trying to put reasonable information or emotions where they do not belong; or joining incompatible Thought patterns. One then builds a lifestyle around the flawed "Seed" Image which, in turn, reproduces itself to become itself in how one Thinks, Feels, Expresses, and Acts. Self-improvent can start by electrical vibrations altering the Image containing the flawed Phantom. Changing a flawed Image shape is done with: (1) substituting Truth modifies the frequency of alternating charges; (2) staying inside the Spiritual Elements causes a new electrical vibration rate, power, and sound; and (3) a positive attitude (which refines the shape and upgrades vibration rates). These give the "Phantom" a Spiritual effect that "touches the Soul."
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