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.
Even before Christianity the Cross had symbolic meaning. It was used to represent the four elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) or the four “cardinal points” on the map (north, south, east and west). It also symbolized the union of “heaven” and “earth.”
In a way, you can think of the Cross as representing the “metaphysical” crossroads of your life’s “inward” journey. The meeting place, 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 stand for 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 stands before you today to remind you that your “inner voice” can either inspire you to new heights, or it can undermine the very ground upon which you stand. Have your own inner standards laid a “heavy burden” or cast a shadow across your life? Or have they gently inspired you to reach beyond your comfort zone to achieve more than you thought possible?
Keep in mind that the symbols you encounter in daily are merely mirrors in which you can see some aspect of your self. And though you may not always like what you “see,” please believe that you were incarnated into this world not to become perfect, but rather to be “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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