INSIGHT 23. SYMPTOMS AND SYMBOLS
These insights, that were begun by Richard Dell right back in the early 1990s, touch on all the most meaningful and indeed important religious and spiritual issues of our times. They are the same now as they were then. These Insights see religion just as firmly grounded in the Earth and in the stars as it is in the spirit and in the heavens. Richard sees no distinction between the material and spiritual realms. ALL is ONE. This comes through so clearly in these Insights, and that is why the environmental movement – our awakening at last to the needs of Gaia, of our planet – is as important as any spiritual quest, as important as all our need for healing, and is and must be an integral part of that holistic oneness that we must achieve in all that we do. It is also why issues such as Black Lives Matter are deeply spiritual. Richard sees inclusivity as being at the core of all our spiritual and religious endeavours. ALL is indeed ONE. And that mantra is the key to humanity’s future evolution: spiritual, social and political.
Symptoms, be they medical, social or political, are symbols of underlying and fundamental truths about ourselves. Symptoms that are symbols are the keys to ourselves. Our task, as always, is to unravel their meaning, to get into the truth that they are displaying for us. This is why symbols are so important. What we read in a good novel may not be true – Darcy and Lizzie Bennet, for example never existed – but that good novel will be deep-set with truths. As we follow the adventures of the made-up Mr Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet we learn something that is universally true about relationships, betrayals, vanities etc. So is it also is with our dreams, or what we might sense in our meditations. A good novel, and a seemingly significant dream will require investigation, will require unravelling. We will always need to go deep, and that process alone will be part of the voyage of discovery that leads ultimately to ourselves, that leads ultimately to truths about ourselves. Likewise, we are called upon to go deep into the meaning of the symptoms – medical, social or political – that can afflict us. What are they hiding? And more interestingly, what are they saying?