peaks, gushing torrents of crystal clear water, white clouds whipped across
intense blue skies, the clean fresh shades of new leaves, golden daffodils
quivering and dancing, new born lambs close by their mothers. All these images
bring back to me the beauty and joy of the Lake District in springtime which
itself is surely a reflection of heaven here on earth.
Look up to the mountains and we can see them as
symbols or images inspiring in us feelings of the might and majesty of God. Look
at the streams tumbling down the mountainsides and see the power of water strong
enough to provide electricity, power machinery, and scour out the earth. Water,
so vital for our bodies, is symbolic of truth that is vital for our minds
Lambs too may be felt as symbols of innocence.
Tall straight trees in their spring greenery symbolise the upright person whose
mind is reaching towards the wisdom and goodness of heaven.
It is amazing how the world of nature reflects
so many of the emotions and activities of our minds.
Emanuel Swedenborg points out that
there is a correspondence or relationship between everything in the spiritual world and the natural world. Swedenborg writes
nothing in the natural world which does not represent something in the spiritual
world or which has not something there to which it corresponds,’ and also
‘Correspondences teach their qualities.’ (quotations from
Different things in the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms have their
spiritual counterparts and symbols. For example all animals correspond to different feelings
or affections in the mind of a person; gentle useful animals such as
sheep and horses symbolise good affections, fierce animals such as tigers or
wolves generally picture evil qualities. The whole Bible is written in correspondential language that gives it a deeper or spiritual sense.
For an extended presentation on animal symbols click here:
For a presentation on the subject of lambs as symbols of innocence click here:
Symbols of a Lamb
For an audio-visual presentation on symbols in
Creation click here: Creation AV
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