Reconstructing Ancient Symbols
Long ago, the Ancients created visual logos reflecting principles comprised of symbols embedded with infinite meaning. When used in meditation its possible to discover noticeable insights, although meditation is not easy. It takes a great deal of practice and discipline to clear the mind of distractions and stress. Hopefully, a repeated focus on an image of choice can, over time, help one detach from daily preoccupations and perhaps create a doorway. What is seen on the other side depends on one’s ability to dismiss all boundaries of what is thought possible.
All anyone knows about the Ancients is that they probably existed a very long time ago perhaps in human form, then as some kind of deities representative of either a law of nature or as some kind of observation about the universe that serves a fundamental premise for existence.
The hardest part of the search for the traveler is to discover the symbol that works best for them.When it is found, it’s possible to unfold the corresponding relationships between what happens here with the more expansive principles that structure the universe.
A symbol could be a picture, an object, a sound, perhaps words on a page. Examples of common symbols include, the cross, the square, the triangle, the six pointed star and many more all of which can be accurately inscribed within the circle using the same central point, although many symbols are not symmetrical.
One of the earliest cinematic adaptations focusing on the discovery and research of symbols is Forbidden Planet (1956), a science fiction interpretation of Shakespeare’s Tempest that surrounds a philologist, Dr. Edward Morbius, portrayed by Walter Pidgeon who uncovers the lost civilization called the Krell. Over the course of twenty years, he reconstructs some of their technology from ancient symbols and unleashes “the monsters from the Id,” Freud’s symbol for the subconscious mind.
The crew of United Planets Cruiser C-57D and its commander, John J Adams, played by Leslie Nielsen in his first starring role arrive to investigate the fate of the lost landing party and encounters resistance from Morbius, a passionate anthropologist who insists that he alone should decide when and how his discoveries are to be shared. Only when forced to accept the power of his own unbridled subconscious emotions enhanced by the Krell technology does he see the symbols that lie below the surface of his mind.
A well crafted classic directed by Fred M. Wilcox and a screenplay by William Hume, its a science fiction epic that attempts to deal with symbols on a variety of levels including a groundbreaking electronic score by Louis and Bebe Baron. One theme of the film that evokes mythological overtones is, “Be careful what you wish for because if it happens before you’re ready, it can increase unanticipated results, many of which have the potential to cause remorse.”