Bells have a deep symbolic meaning that is associated with the mind and the expansion of consciousness. You have to do some digging to reach that conclusion of course. Well, you don’t because I’ve done all the graft for you.
As you know, the sounding of a bell is a signal that informs us of something; the start or end of mass or class, an emergency, a wake-up call or, in the case of the old town crier, to grab attention before making an announcement.
Everybody knows that!
We can therefore deduce the symbolic meaning of a bell probably has something to do with information. You also know that information is a method of accruing wisdom so you have a better understanding of something.
Ancient sages created esoteric symbolism to disguise the actual meaning of their writings. They used everyday objects people are familiar with to help them remember, learn and understand complex lessons of consciousness and the mind.
Even when I tell you that bells represents accruing wisdom, it only scratches the surface of it true deeper meaning.
The symbolic meaning of the bell in religions
The official explanation of symbolic meanings given by religious institutions also scratch the surface. In Christianity, the bell is said to represent the ‘voice of God.’
In China, bells are rung to communicate with spirits. Buddhists, Hindus and the Russian Orthodox Church also say the sound of the bell directly addresses the deity.
These same religions also link superstitions to bells. You may have heard that ringing a bell protects you by warding off evil spirits – negativity is a better way to explain ‘spirits’.
Ancient sages also made the connection that the dome of the bell is the ‘vault of heaven’ and the clapper is the ‘voice of the divinity.’ The dome actually represents the female sexual organs and the clapper represents the male phallus. As do domes and towers of churches and temples.
We therefore see the ancient idea of duality that consistently occurs throughout ancient wisdom. They often use the male and female analogy to present the idea of balance and union.
The union of opposite sexes of cause is said to provide a balance between male and female qualities. And of course, the sexual union is the root of creation.
We can apply these same principles to the human mind. The mind needs to be balanced by using the masculine and feminine traits. And science shows men and women use the brain in different ways.
The deeper symbolic meaning of bells
A balanced mind has the capacity to analyse a situation and be creative enough to find the ideal solution. Even in modern times, neuroscientists and phycologists describe the left and right hemispheres of the mind as having qualities mostly associated with male or female.
It is believed the left side of the brain is mostly used for analytical purposes which is associated as a male trait. The left hemisphere is more intuitive and aware of your surroundings which is a feminine trait (most women will agree that most men walk round with the eyes closed.)
Both hemispheres processes information. And it is in the control centre that we acquire wisdom in order to make decisions. In Buddhism, the resonance of a bell signifies ‘pure wisdom’ because the sound is one of perfect harmony and clarity.
The Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, the bringer of knowledge and wisdom, is associated with the bell. The reverberation of the bell is used to help worshippers disengage the mind so that it becomes receptive.
The curved dome is said to represent Ananta, the celestial snake on which Lord Vishnu reclines. The seven-headed serpent is symbolic of limitless consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word Ananta means, ‘endless.’
So from all these breadcrumbs, we can deduce that the bell represents the mind’s ability to ascend conscious awareness and tap into the wisdom of our higher conscious – which is boundless.
The ‘voice of God’ – your higher conscious – is always there with you always. You just have to choose to listen. So the next time you hear a bell ringing, remember you can ask your higher conscious anything and get the right answer.