***This is a re-post article by Jacob Olesen
The rainbow is a beautiful natural phenomenon; knowing the significance of each of the colors of the rainbow makes it even more beautiful. While Nature or God has created this glorious natural phenomenon; philosophers have given a meaning to its colors. Every rainbow has seven colors beginning with red and ending with violet or purple. To remember the order of these colors, people use the acronym ROY G. BIV or VIBGYOR which stands for Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo and Violet.
The Bible and the colors of the rainbow
We cannot talk about the significance of colors of the rainbow without mentioning the Bible. It is believed that “rainbow is a sign from the Almighty that we are not forgotten”. It is mentioned in the story of Noah’s Ark; after God appeared before Noah following the flood, there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky signifying his Glory and Power as well as His Covenant.
In the Bible, Rainbow is mentioned in The Genesis, The Revelation and also Book of Ezekiel.
Angel Colors and colors of the rainbow
Another important term related to the colors of the rainbow is Angel Colors. Devout Christians use these to focus on their Prayers to the Lord. Like the seven rainbow colors, there are seven Angel colors. Some gifted people with ‘sight’ do not just see the refracted light in the rainbow colors but another metaphysical system which they believe to be Angels sent to Earth to guide us. These are actually similar to the concept of Chakra and Aura colors, which we have discussed before.
The Seven Angel colors include:
Significance of colors of the rainbow in modern philosophy
Today, a great deal of research has been done on colors. Colors play an important role in our lives. Different colors symbolize different personalities, and also affect our moods differently. The seven colors of rainbow are also linked to seven chakra colors, seven day of the week, the colors of the Auras and so on. People use crystals, gems and other items in seven colors of the rainbow for attaining spirituality, good health, and wisdom.
Let us revisit the seven colors of the rainbow and what each one represents:
What do colors mean to you? Tell about your experiences with color below.
***Source of article: color-meanings.com
Jungian Dream Interpretation
Since dreams are a way of communicating with the unconscious, Jung believed that dream images reveal something about yourself, your relationships with others, and situations in your waking life. Dreams guide your personal growth and help in achieving your full potential. Jung also believes that the dream's manifest content is just as significant and revealing as the latent content. By simply discussing what is currently going on in your life, it can help you interpret and unlock the cryptic images of your dreams. Jung's method of dream interpretation is placed more confidently on the dreamer. He believes that you all possess the necessary tools to interpret your own dreams. There is no one correct way to interpret a dream. The meaning of your dreams is a personal judgment and is up to you on how to interpret them. Whatever interpretation feels right to you is most significant and more important than what someone else thinks or believes.
Why should you remember your dreams?
1. Your dreaming mind has access to vital information that is not readily available to you when you are awake. Your dreams serve as a window to your subconscious and reveal your secret desires and feelings.
2. In remembering your dreams, you gain increased knowledge, self-awareness and self-healing. Dreams are an extension of how you perceive yourself. They may be a source of inspiration, wisdom, joy, imagination and overall improved psychological health.
3. Learning to recall your dreams help you become a more assertive, confident and stronger person. By remembering your dreams, you are expressing and confronting your feelings.
4. Dreams help guide you through difficult decisions, relationship issues, health concerns, career questions or any life struggle you may be experiencing.
5. Remembering your dreams help you come to terms with stressful aspects of your lives.
6. You will learn more about yourself, your aspirations, and your desires through your dreams.
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Theodicy is the branch of theology which defends God's goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil. In the course of time, many have questioned the apparent inconsistency of God. Why would a just and loving God create a system in which evil is so pervasive?
Questions generated from theodicy have been keeping philosophers and theologians busy for countless years.
Theodicy : definitions & logical core
Theodicy (from Greek theos, "god"; dike, "justice") is the reasonable justification of the nature, structure & goal of evil in an order of things considered to be created by God, considered as the transcendent author of righteousness and all good things (an eternal, absolute object or "Being" before all things).
Instead of considering evil as a mystery, theodicy tries to explain the reasons for its presence and seeks to unveil its principles. In this way, the civilizations of good will are in possession of the tools to make (if possible) constructive use of evil, or to avoid it altogether. All handlings with evil have to be from the side of understanding, and true justice always gives the last word to compassion.
Written by Michael Vlach.
Some have argued that the presence of evil in the world is evidence that God does not exist. After all, some assert, how could an all-good and all-powerful God allow evil to exist?
Not everyone, though, believes that the presence of evil in the world means that there is no God. Some have attempted to defend God in regard to the issue of evil in the world. This leads us to the issue of “theodicy.”
The term “theodicy” literally means “the justification of God.” Theodicy, therefore, is “the attempt to reconcile or justify God’s positive attributes with the problem of evil.”
There are several theodicies or approaches to defending God in light of the problem of evil:
1. Free will defense
The free will defense argues that God made humans with free will and thus they have the ability to choose evil. Although God is all-powerful, he decided to create humans with the ability to choose between good and evil. The evil in the world today, then, is not the result of God directly, it is the result of humans who have chosen to do evil and thus brought negative and tragic consequences into the world. This perspective is consistent with the traditional view that evil entered the world through the sin and fall of Adam and Eve. This view was promoted by the fifth-century theologian, Augustine, and is held by many Christians today.
2. Irenaean theodicy
This approach is named after the second century church father, Irenaeus. Irenaeus argued that God purposely made this world a “vale of tears” in order to prepare us for the better next world to follow. For Irenaeus, this present world is not the best world, but it is the best way to the coming best world. With this world we grow in character and strength as we face various trials. We thus become better people and become better prepared for the glorious world to come.
3. Christian Science approach
A much less accepted approach to the problem of evil is that proposed by Christian Scientists and their founder, Mary Baker Eddy. This approach denies that evil actually exists. Evil is just an illusion.
4. Moral goodness approach
Some argue that God allows evil because it makes known the truly good works. In other words, goodness shines brightest in the midst of evil. If there were no evil, good actions would not be as readily evident.
The butterfly is a potent symbol for those considering, or in the throes of, a big change. Butterfly is also one of the most inspiring symbols of the animal world, knowing precisely the time to leave the comfort and limitation of its cocoon, flying freely into the world. Quite frequently, we are not so certain. The cocoon of our thoughts and fears may be limiting, they are also safe and familiar. We can become afraid of what may be outside of our limiting thoughts and belief systems, trapping us and holding us back from ourselves, from our dreams and desires, from our unlimited potential.
We can learn how to move on, how to grow from and improve a situation by finding out which stage we are at. This may be the egg stage, the beginning – where an idea is born and not yet reality. The larvae stage is when you physically get your idea going, usually involving preparation such as planning. The cocoon stage entails developing your ideas, project or talent. The ultimate stage of transformation is coming out of the chrysalis, the birth of the butterfly. This last stage is about sharing the colors and ecstasy of your creation with the rest of the world. Remember that we are always evolving, growing and that we are always at one of these stages. Figure out which stage you are at, whether you need more time to complete one stage before being ready going on to the next. Be careful not to rush, nor get stuck either.
Not all change feels deliberate, it can be very subtle. Such as losing a job and then circumstances pushing you in to a new direction. There may have been things going on within you, getting you ready for a change subconsciously, that you didn’t even recognize. If you are feeling insecure and unsure of what is going on in your life right now, then look back over what has been going on in your life recently or even long ago. Have you ever wished that you had a different job? Of changing career? Are you able to see that on some level your wishes are coming true? I’m sure you will remember the good old saying ‘be careful what you wish for..’ What you focus on, is sure to manifest.
Butterfly can help you see that exiting the cocoon suddenly opens a new door, that there is power in trust and vulnerability. No more than you does a butterfly know whether it can fly, but it opens its wings in perfect confidence, and discovers that their delicacy allow its graceful flight, its dance in the air. When we understand that transformation can be as natural as breathing, when we take ourselves lightly, when we trust in our own untried wings to support us, we learn the message of Butterfly, life itself is a joyous dance. Dance brings us the sweetness of life.
The four stages of the butterflies growth are parallel to the development of our first forming a thought to manifesting it in the outer world. Understanding that change can be as natural as breathing. We mustn’t be so hard on ourselves, trusting that our own untried wings will bear our weight. This is when we receive the Butterflies gift: life itself is extraordinary and amazing. If Butterfly has found you, take note of the most important issues in your life and see what needs to be changed.
If an eco system becomes damaged, butterfly is usually first to leave, as they are highly sensitive to the harmony of the earth.
Source: Dance Like the Butterfly (Trish Phillips), pure-spirit.com/more-animal-symbolism
Ina Woolcott, Butterfly Power Animal Symbol Of Change The Soul Creativity Freedom Joy And Colour,