Symbols and Metaphors: The Universal Language

We’ve all seen the signs: the ones on the bathroom doors you can’t mistake. This one for Heifers and that one for Bulls or the ever-present stick figure with or without a skirt.

They’re symbols anyone can look at and understand, no matter the nationality or age. Without words, we can still communicate effectively with pictures but we can also convey ideas through comparison. I believe the Universe or God talks to us through these means (and math). It makes perfect sense when you think about it. They’re the ultimate bathroom door sign.

In writing we’re told to show not tell. You’re God and have billions of people evolving on the planet Earth and you gotta get a point across. Unfortunately, fires or melting ice may be your show-and-tell. We get it – most of us, that is.

It’s my uneducated understanding that Jesus’ teachings were recorded largely in metaphor. Another unfortunate fact is that leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation. Yin and Yang are signs of opposites which my marginally educated mind sees as a representation of order and chaos in the field of physics. The most fundamental truths occur repeatedly and consistently in philosophy and the ancient religions through symbolism. It works; especially if you don’t understand the hows or whys behind them.

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” (Arthur Brisbane, 1915).

Our surroundings are replete with symbolism but nature speaks the most honestly. Unaltered by ego, God tells it like it is through the plants, rock, and animals. To that effect, I wrote this poem:

Organic cathedral constructed under God’s direction
Architect of perfection
Wild shapes and patterns conceal sublime mathematical formulae
Arches bow in natural geometry
Divine order underlies seeming chaos
Tale is etched in rock, microbe, DNA, atoms
Poetry scripted in God’s hand
Story without beginning or end
Unedited by malice or choice
Unmarred by Ego
Every moment now
Every place one
Seen from the unseen
Known from the unknown
Matter from nothing
Imagined by the Creator

Poetry seems to me to be the abstract art of written language. Using metaphors allows you to get away with coloring outside the lines and still have it look good.

Kind of like when God created us.

Published by ldinlove

I am an eccentric blogger and artist. I currently live off-grid which makes for some great stories. :)

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