A symbol of redemption… or a symbol of repression? A sign under which one is “saved,” or a standard under which one is judged and “found wanting?”
That, my friends, depends on who you ask.
It’s important to note that even before Christianity the Cross was used as a symbol to represent the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) or the four “cardinal points” on the map (north, south, east and west). It was also used to symbolize the union of “heaven” and “earth.”
In a way, you can think of the Cross as symbolizing the “metaphysical” crossroads on your life’s “inward” journey. The meeting, if you will, between your actual self and the person you’ve secretly always hoped to become.
Which means, then, that the Cross doesn’t necessarily represent an “outside” authority at all. Rather, it stands as a symbol for those ideals or standards which lie much closer to home… the constant self-judging that seems to be the hallmark of our lived, human experience.
The Cross comes to you today to remind you that our “inner voice” can either inspire us to new heights, or it can undermine the very ground upon which we stand. Have your own inner standards laid a “heavy burden” or cast a shadow across your life? Or has it gently inspired you to reach beyond your comfort zone to achieve more than you thought possible?
Remember, the symbols which we encounter are merely mirrors in which we see some aspect of our self. And it’s important to be mindful that we are not incarnated into this world to become perfect beings… but rather ones that are “perfectly human.”
Some questions to guide your meditation:
- What ideals do you strive to live up to?
- Lately have your standards felt more like a burden than a guide?
- What “things” are you ready to sacrifice, and for what “higher good?”
- How compassionate are you with self (and/or others) when they fall short of your expectations?
- What can you do to incarnate more “light” into your world?
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