It is the role of symbols to give a
meaning to the life of man.
The wise metaphysician resolves into ideas
each mental picture, each form and shape seen in visions, dreams,
and the like.
We must learn to see symbols all around us,
and then penetrate behind the symbol to the idea which it should
An illness is a self-representation of a human being
at a stage at which something is demanded of him for the sake
Remember that all diseases . . .
not only are psychosomatic in their form
but also are symbolic of that process clinging
to that which is obsolete for the nature and for the self.
Within the symbolic experience of disease lies
a path of change and self-healing and a healthy body-mind.
Symptoms are potentially meaningful and purposeful conditions.
They could be the beginning of a fantastic phase of life,
or they could bring one amazingly close to the center of existence.
Your capacity to read a "meaning" into a symbol,
will be dependent also upon the richness of the meaning
you ascribe to the events of your daily life, and your ability
to really meditate. . . .
The penetration into the meaning of a symbol can provide a means
whereby the intuitional faculty can be brought into functioning