7 HEALING SYMBOLS FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD
by James Kotroczo
5 minute read
The healing properties of countless symbols that have existed throughout history cannot be understated. They have enhanced our ability to discover our true centered selves in both body and soul. They are essentially the medicine that guides our spiritual selves towards equilibrium. Not only that, but they also represent thousands of years of culture and tradition throughout various corners of the globe that have been passed down from generation to generation. These symbols have withstood the test of time and are still impacting the means by which we understand the concept of “healing.”
Originating from petroglyphs made by the Anasazi, the spiral sun was revered as an important healing symbol. In many shamanic tribes, the sun is considered to be the first shaman, or in this case, the first healer. The symbol itself is meant to represent the eternal motions and rhythms that encompasses the entirety of the universe.
It’s believed to radiate a unique healing power that comes from essentially all facets of the cosmos which aids people in recovery from setbacks by helping their own physical and spiritual rhythms become in sync with the natural universal rhythm.
While most people would associate this phrase with hokey magic tricks, it actually originated as an ancient alchemy symbol which was used to heal people from a variety of illnesses. The phrase was written in the form of an inverted triangle on an amulet which was then worn by the patient; it was believed that this would cause the illness to go away. The incantation “abracadabra” is believed to have originated from the Hebrew initials for father, son, and holy spirit. Although, others would argue that it actually originated from the Aramaic phrase “I create as I speak.”
Anyone who has ever been to a hospital or seen an ambulance should be familiar with this symbol. The Asclepius Wand, often confused with the Caduceus wand of Hermes, is considered to be the true symbol of the medical profession.
It’s meant to symbolize the Greek god Asclepius who was associated with medicine and healing. One prevailing theory of the origin for this symbol was that it represented the traditional treatment for dracunculiasis; the Guinea worm disease.
One of the 5 traditional Reiki symbols that was rediscovered in the mid-1800s in Japan by Buddhist Monk Mikao Usui, the Sei He Ki symbol is used for mental and emotional healing.
This symbol is often used by practitioners to treat addiction or depression in which it targets the heart of the disease which is usually hidden in either the subconscious mind and or the conscious mind. By doing this, the symbol helps restore the body’s spiritual equilibrium.
Although sand painting is not necessarily restricted to just the Navajo people, as it is also practiced by Australian Aborigines and Tibetan Monks, the Navajo version of this ancient art is specifically used for healing purposes. The symbols in the picture will often include representations of the deities to whom an appeal is being made to.
Once it’s finished, the “patient” will destroy it by sitting in the middle of it. By doing this, they absorb the energy of the symbols while simultaneously releasing their illness into the sand. The sand is subsequently disposed of with care since it’s considered toxic after it’s been used in this way. The Navajo do not view these paintings as inanimate objects, but as living spiritual beings that are to be treated with great respect.
6. Sri Yantra – The Ultimate Fractal of Healing
The Sri Yantra is a series of interlocking triangles with a perfect ratio of 3.14 that’s representative of the divine number Pi. It’s believed that this ancient symbol was not intentionally constructed, but rather that it appeared to a yogi in deep meditation about 5,000 years ago as a representation of the primordial sound, Aum. However, the oldest representations of the Yantra have been found in India and are dated as far back as 11,000-10,000 BC. The Sri Yantra, when used in tangent with sounds like Aum, is believed to possess remarkable healing powers which are capable of healing both the mind and the heart.
The Yin-Yang symbol is arguably one of the most recognizable symbols on the planet. Probably the most iconic symbol representing the ancient Chinese religion Taoism, the oldest known representation of the Yin-Yang symbol dates as far back as 1400 BC. It’s often revered at as the ultimate symbol for harmonic equilibrium. Considering that our state of being is simply physical manifestations of vibration, the Yin-Yang symbol is able to reintroduce a dynamic wholeness to our natural harmonic flow. It is able to correct any sort of imbalances brought upon us from things like trauma, disease, etc.
There is a purpose and rhythm to not only these symbols, but all symbols used for healing. There are many within the medical profession, particularly those disciplined in western medicine, who often dismiss the healing properties of these symbols as pseudoscience. But what they fail to understand is that while these symbols may not be able to heal a broken leg or remedy a sinus infection, they offer a type of healing that a simple prescription won’t be able to help with. They offer a pathway towards repairing the broken fragments of one’s sense of self.
Hailing from Armonk, New York, James Kotroczo is currently attending SUNY Purchase majoring in social sciences as well as minoring in journalism.
With ambitions to become an established writer, he has had articles published on other media outlets such as 12up, Blasting News, The Globalist, and Salon. In addition to this, he also aspires to have his poetry and short stories published.