Beyond Symbolism

God the Creator

Empryean The Divine Comedy's Empyrean, illustrated by Gustave Doré

The circle with a dot in the center is one of the oldest and fundamental symbols in existence. The Egyptians used it as the symbol for the sun. It was linked to the open eye, as the sun allows us to see, hence why they worshipped the sun God, Ra. But since God is timeless, space-less and consequently beyond human comprehension, how could anything symbolize God?

This is the problem the ancients encountered in their philosophical schools of thought. Instead of talking about God, they talked about God's aspects. They assigned names and personalities to them, thus they were labeled the Gods such as Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon, Athena, Mars, Venus, so on and so forth. Stories of their adventures with each other were symbolic descriptions of the relationships between different natural and metaphysical laws.

From Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the Empyrean (EHM-PEER-EE-YAN), the true and ultimate heavenly paradise otherwise known as the firmament, is depicted as a circumpunct.

In regards to symbolization, we must first realize geometry is not simply lines drawn on paper. Geometry is a description of the movement of power, force and energy. As Plato said, God geometrizes continually.

If you ever saw a magnifying glass used to start a fire or seen a parabolic satellite dish, you'd know a circle with a dot in the center is more than symbolic. It is the power of concentration and action. Our minds work the same way. When we focus our attention on an idea the process of creation begins. Thus, the circle with a dot in the center is not a symbol for god as such, but rather it is a symbol for God in its creative aspect, God the Creator.

Power of Symbols

Symbols have power because they are patterns of creation. They show up everywhere, from the most sublime to the most mundane. The circle for instance, is a universal form. We find it at every scale in the world from atom, to cell, to eye, to planet, to solar system; the circle is there. But we must realize this form is not drawn, it's created. Anytime material is struck with energy, frequencies are radially dispersed outwards, such as a rhythm from clapping your hands or a pond rippling from the skip of a pebble.

In Sanskrit the word anahata means unstruck or not hit. It refers to the sound not made, or the sound of spirit: The Om. Logos. The Word of God. The universal form of the circle is reflected in physical substance; it does not originate in matter. My kingdom is not of this world said Jesus. The symbol of the circle is of the higher order of reality. It is spiritual, not material. We're all familiar with physical sound: when two things strike each other, but what does the abstraction mean? If speaking sends a sound wave out in all directions, then perhaps thinking does something similar but on a larger scale.

Symbols have the power to activate creative forces within our subconscious. In Orthodoxy, they use icons to communicate with the spirit. For example, icons are purposely not drawn realistically to keep our idolizations outside the material world. So in this sacred framing, if we see the virgin Mary, everything in us is going to respond to the divine feminine. If we see a painting of a knight in shining armor we subconsciously change our posture and train of thought. The circumpunct digs deeper than just human symbolism as it could be the cell, the eye, the blood vessels, the cross section of the spine or even the birth canal. The dot is a focus which activates a physical response within us to reach the ever distant outer ring of truth using the gifts prescribed to us.

Consciousness of Self

In order to be creative one must continually be aware of themselves. To create means to bring into existence out of nothing. The infinitesimal dot expanding out into the ring of creation is the very essence of creativity. The circumpunct describes its own meaning. Cyclically, truth is like food. Only when you swallow it, will it become apart of you.

In that respect, consuming slivers of truth (food for thought) grant us the ability to be creative which is to rebirth or recreate ourselves. When we refuse to digest the truth right in front of us, we deny our purpose and begin the process of death. Gluttonizing information as a replacement to faith will make one's ego (a word I rarely like to bring up) the focus of their consciousness.

Just as Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge, we crave constant information from the glass tablets with a bitten apple on the back. If you really believe you have all there is to know at your fingertips, you are no longer conscious of your self.

Webring

I've created a webring to let people share their God given gifts and discover the beauty in other's endeavors. Why a circumpunct? It perfectly encapsulates what a webring means. There is one central hub i.e. the dot, and the outer ring is all the websites which link to each other in a cyclical fashion. Even if the theme is not for everyone, people will be inspired to build their own webrings, making the web a better place.