6 Relationship Lessons From Spiritual Masters

Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual masters are not always thought to have much to say about relationships- but their advice is there if you look for it.
Theses quotes will help improve any relationship, friendship or otherwise!

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha

To truly love another, you must first love yourself.
Without that love, you can’t necessarily give to another person in a complete way.

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.” – Dalai Lama

When you give love without an expectation to receive anything in return, you’re truly embracing a deeper sense of freedom.
This is because you’re not attached to outcomes- just to uplifting and helping.
All kinds of people are attracted to that…especially loved ones.

“Love is the song of the soul singing to God.  It is the balanced rhythmic dance of planets – sun and moon lit.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

Love is a natural state of our being.

No matter down-and-out you may feel, or disappointed in someone’s actions you may be, do your best to come back to love over and over again.
This way, you’ll always be happy.

“Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love” – Tagore

When we feel love in our inner most being, we see a deeper level beauty all around us.
Everything is better, especially our connection with others.

“Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.” – Ramakrishna

True love- selfless love- isn’t blind.
In fact, it’s intelligent.
It helps lend new perspective to people, places, and things. It helps you see situations in a new and better light.

“When love overflows and is expressed through every word & deed, we call it compassion. That is the goal of religion.” – Amma

There isn’t a way to love that doesn’t uplift others and yourself.
Saturating every act with love brings a renewed sense of self to everything we do, and causes us to automatically command a deeper respect of others.
Any partner or friend that feels that can completely change their attitude toward us.
source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

8 Health WARNINGS Your Fingernails May Be Sending

Fingernails and disease don’t go together in most minds… but they should. Your fingernails can give you valuable health warnings and signal the presence of serious disease.
Take a good long look at your nails. Hold a hand level with your nose about a foot out from your face and scrutinize each one.
Look at the curves, dips, ridges, and grooves. Check out how thick or thin they are and if your nails are chipped or broken. Make a note of the color of the nail itself, the skin under it, and the skin around the nail.
Check your memory — have your nails always looked like this? Changes to your fingernails and disease onset are linked, so note any new developments. With this fresh view, compare what you see with this list of eight potential fingernail health warnings.
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 1. Discolored nails

nale2A healthy fingernail should be pink with a touch of pinkish white (moons) near the base. If your nails are a dull color or streaked with other colors, you may have a serious hidden health problem.
  • Green nails are a sign of bacterial infection
  • Red streaks in your nail bed are a warning of a heart valve infection
  • Blueish nails signal low oxygen levels in your blood
  • Dull nails mean a vitamin deficiency
  • White nails may signal liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Dark stripes at the top (Terry’s nails) are associated with aging and congestive heart failure
Scrub those nails clean and really look at your nail color! Given the “rainbow” of potential health challenges, you want to be sure you see what your fingers are saying.

2. Thick nails

Thick nails are not natural. You want your nails to be strong, but if they resemble talons or claws more than traditional nails watch out!
  • Thickened nails that are otherwise normal can signal lung disease
  • Thick and rough-textured nails can signal a fungal infection
  • Thick and separated nails may mean thyroid disease or psoriasis
  • Unusual thickness may also be a symptom of a circulation problem
Thickening nails are a change that should tune you in to other health symptoms you may be ignoring. Also watch out for allergic reactions to new medications which can show up as suddenly thick nails!

3. Split nails

splitSplit nails aren’t just occasionally chipped or shut in doors. Instead, these nails seem to flake away in layers. Don’t blame frequent handwashing or nail polish for everything, especially since:
  • Split nails result from folic acid, Vitamin C, and protein deficiencies
  • Split nails combined with a pitted nail bed (base) can signal psoriasis, which begins in nails 10% of the time according to WebMD
  • Split nails may result from chronic malnutrition
Watch what you eat and check the psoriasis connection to fight back and pay more attention to your health overall.

4.Concave (Spoon) nails

concSpoon fingernails signal a number of internal issues. To be considered full spoons, nails will be soft and curve up, forming a dip that is often big enough to hold water. Spoon nails signal:
  • Iron deficiency (usually from anemia)
  • Hemachromatosis, a liver disorder where your body absorbs too much iron
  • Heart disease
  • Hypothyroidism
Your fingernail and health challenges go hand in hand — for many people, clearing up their health issue results in their spoon nails returning back to normal.

5. Pitted nails

pit1Small dips or holes in your nails can be a result of banging up your hands — or they could be a sign that you need to look more closely at your health. Nail pitting can signal:
  • Psoriasis
  • Connective tissue disorder
  • Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss
  • Zinc deficiency (when the pit seems to form a line across the middle of your nail)
Watch your hand to separate natural dents and dings from real, lasting pits. The first will clear up quickly, but pits linked to disease linger.

6. Ridges

ridge1Nails should have smooth surfaces with almost imperceptible lines. Obvious ridge lines are a signal that something is up with your body. Some of the most common conditions associated with heavy ridge lines are:
  • Iron deficiency
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Lupus (for red lines at the base of your nails)
Don’t just buff away your ridges — hear their warning!

7. Dry, brittle nails

You don’t need lotion or cuticle oil. If your nails are dry and brittle, you should check your hormone levels and bacterial health.
  • Thyroid disease leads to brittle, dry fingernails that crack and split easily
  • Fungus can make nails dry or even crumbly, affecting 12% of all Americans according to the American Academy of Dermatology
Both thyroid and fungal issues take time to treat, so you won’t see a difference in the look of your fingernails for a full growth cycle.

8. Clubbed nails

clubbIf you have plump skin that seems to swell around the nail, or if your nails seem to have puffed around your fingers, they are said to be “clubbed”. Clubbed nails can mean:
  • Lung disease, especially if you already have trouble breathing
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • AIDS
Your fingernails won’t be the only signs of these diseases, but they can provide confirmation or motivation to seek medical care.
Don’t ignore your hands or the health warnings they send. Fingernails and disease are more closely related than you think — check your nails often to protect your health!

References

Trimarchi, M. Top 5 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health. Discovery Health.
Wikipedia. Nail Disease.
source and courtesy: losethebackpain.com

If You Get Leg Cramps Often, This May Be Why…

If you’ve ever experienced a charley horse before, then you know that nothing can quite compare to the sensation. They occur mostly during sleep, and scientists believe this happens due to lying in one position for a long period of time, which can result in muscle cramps and contractions. During the day, you move around a lot, which keeps the blood flowing and the muscles engaged.
This uncomfortable sensation wakes many people up during the night, but luckily, a charley horse doesn’t tend to last more than 10 minutes or so. However, it can leave you feeling sore the next day.
Many people simply walk off the pain, but it can become a recurring problem if you don’t go to the source to fix it. Today, we will go over the reasons for these muscle spasms, as well as solutions for getting rid of them.
If you experience leg cramps that wake you in the middle of the night often, then read on to find out the causes and solutions so that you can get a restful sleep, pain-free.

IF YOU GET LEG CRAMPS OFTEN, THIS MAY BE WHY…

A “charley horse,” or leg cramp, is a painful muscle spasm in your calf, thigh, or foot, according to WebMD.
If you’ve ever wondered why people call it a “charley horse,” try to think of how you’d feel if a horse kicked you in the calf or thigh. It would probably hurt pretty badly, which explains why people refer to the muscle spasm as a charley horse.
Somewhere between going to sleep and waking up, many people experience these muscle spasms, but don’t know why. We’ve listed the most common reasons for muscle spasms below.

CAUSES OF LEG CRAMPS

1. DEHYDRATION

When you sweat a lot or simply don’t drink adequate water, your body will lose electrolytes, which help to maintain proper function of your muscles. Consequently, not hydrating your body will likely result in frequent muscle spasms.
Electrolytes help to control your muscle contractions, so when your body doesn’t have enough electrolytes, it could cause painful muscle tension in the late hours of the night.

2. YOU’RE COLD

Although many people sleep better in a cold room, a cooler temperature can cause muscles to spasm. If you insist on keeping the room cold, make sure you cover up with enough blankets, and don’t forget to cover your legs.
Being exposed to cold temperatures can cause the muscles to stiffen and become inflexible, which could cause painful muscle contractions.

3. BEING IN THE SAME POSITION FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME

Whether you work all day sitting down or standing up, simply being in the same position for that long could trigger muscle spasms later on, especially if you don’t stretch. Women who wear heels are especially vulnerable to muscle cramps, as this puts enormous strain on the feet, spine, and legs.

4. EXERCISING WITHOUT STRETCHING

One of the biggest mistakes people make all too often is exercising without stretching before and after. While exercise will increase your physical fitness and strength, not giving the muscles a good stretch can cause painful repercussions later on. Your muscles need time to recover after an intense workout, so make sure to stretch them out to avoid injury and muscle spasms.

HOW TO PREVENT LEG CRAMPS

1. TAKE A WARM SHOWER

Before a workout, you do a warm up to get your muscles ready for exercise and prevent injury, right? Well, the same concept applies to preventing a charley horse. If your muscles feel sore or stiff, just hop in the shower to ease your pain and relax your muscles.
The warmth of the water will help to soothe your body, and can go a long way in preventing muscle spasms during the night.

2. DRINK PICKLE JUICE

You might’ve heard this age-old remedy before, and many people have tried it with success. Studies have shown the effectiveness of using pickle juice to ward off sore muscles, and one study proved that pickle juice works better than even water at alleviating muscle cramps.
Pickle juice contains a lot of salt, which we need in order to maintain proper control of our muscles. This explains why this remedy works so well, and best of all, you probably already have a jar of pickles in your house.

3. EAT A BANANA

Muscle spasms can also occur due to low levels of potassium. Bananas contain one of the highest concentrations of potassium among any food in nature, so the next time you have a charley horse, try eating a banana or two to replenish your potassium levels and alleviate muscle cramps.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

Asking Yourself These Questions Every Morning Can Change Your Brain

The average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, or around the time the mobile revolution began, to eight seconds – a 33 percent drop. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds.
– The Telegraph (UK)
Think about this question: Do you have control of your brain?
Really give it some thought. Please don’t move forward until you’ve thought this through for a minute.
Now, our inclination is to answer something like: “Yeah! Of course. It’s my brain that’s in mybody!” or “Who’s brain would it be?!”
Your brain assuredly belongs to you…but do you have control of it? Many of the world’s brightest neuroscientists say “No” to some degree or another. In fact, statistics show that most of the time our brain is sort of on “autopilot.”
Here are a couple examples:
  1. You’re on a diet and exercise routine, but for some reason – despite your better judgement and best intentions – you can’t wean yourself off of the glazed donuts at the local grocery store.
  2. You’ve promised yourself to stop with the negative, self-critical thoughts. But for some reason, they’ve seemed to proliferate even further.
These are just two off-the-cuff examples that you may or may not relate to. The underlying premise is this: we’ve all had thoughts that we wish we hadn’t. At times, we’ve even acted on these thoughts despite our better judgement or knowledge.
The simple answer to the question Do we have control of your brain is “Yes and no.” It’d be foolish to think that we have no control – after all, we do some of the things that we intend to. But we’re on autopilot an awful lot of the time. Perhaps eating on autopilot, driving on autopilot, thinking mindlessly on autopilot, listening on autopilot, talking on autopilot, etcetera.
Why is this?
Quite simply, it’s because the brain is “lazy” by default. The brain is incredibly complex and has evolved to find ways to operate more efficiently. The brain is also a pattern-recognizing machine – it’s designed to tie abstract things together in order to make sense of the environment. This is why it’s difficult to break out of habits once they’ve been established.
Without proper “training” the brain remains in autopilot mode a disproportionately large amount of the time. This is where our conscious mind comes in.
“Retraining” the mind doesn’t have to be an elaborately complex process. In fact, by resolving to memorize four basic questions can simplify any challenge, problem or decision we face – big or small.

ASKING YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS EVERY MORNING CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN

Every morning, commit to asking these four questions when facing a challenge/problem/decision.

1. WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?

Ann Hermann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrman International and guest speaker at multiple TED conferences, calls this the “payoff” question because we’re consciously programming why it is we’re doing something in particular.
For example, many of us decide we want to “exercise more.” This is an abstract concept that needs to be more concrete. What is important that makes us want to “exercise more”? Physical appearance? Lower cholesterol? To be a role model?
What is really important to you that makes you want to lose weight? Or get a promotion? Go back to school? Buy a home? Start a business? Etcetera. Don’t allow the mind to lazily put this question off – providing substantive rationale for any challenge/decision/problem makes it much more likely that you’ll see it through to the end.

2. HOW AM I GOING TO DO IT?

We have a tendency to say we’re going to do something without forming any type of plan. To do so is actually very common. It is common because our brain has a devious way of avoiding responsibility.
Here’s another example: we’ve decided to “look for a different job.” Granted, this sounds simple enough – but how many people stay in the same job despite their misplaced intentions? Often times, the reason people do such is because they never had a plan.
So, how is this hypothetical person going to “look for a different job?” Carve out an hour or two each Saturday morning? Research companies that are hiring in the area? Network with people on LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter? Freshen up the resume? Post to multiple job boards? Seek the knowledge of a recruiter/headhunter?

3. WHO IS GOING TO BE INVOLVED?

It’s possible that the decision to take some kind of action won’t involve anyone else but you. If this is the case, so be it. But it’s advisable to at least contemplate the question of who is – or could be – involved in any decision and/or consequences of such a decision.
One mistake that people make when facing a challenge/problem/decision is overlooking those who are affected by said decision(s). Again, this is the brain’s way of shirking any necessary but unwanted effort. To understand who is potentially involved in either the decision or consequence of a decision is to bypass possible complications that arise from someone else’s perspective.

4. WHAT IF _____HAPPENED?

In some instances, it is good to have a contingency plan in the event of the unfortunate. As an illustration, let us use the examples from earlier.
“I want to “I want to exercise more.”
What if I got injured?
“First, I’d examine if some type of exercise would be possible. Second, in the event that I couldn’t exercise, I’d cut back on some food types…”
“I want to look for a different job.”
What if my spouse fights it?
“My spouse deserves a rational explanation for why I want a different job. I’ll lay out my case and address any concerns.”
Usually, we can anticipate what or who may be potential “obstacles” for potential decisions. If we anticipate a potential obstacle, depending upon the situation, it may be worthwhile to come up with an appropriate response.
source and courtesy: powerofpositivity.com

Life’s 5 Most Important (And Most Difficult) Lessons

When it comes to life, there are always more lessons to be learned. These lessons are often hard to swallow at first, but the more we experience, the easier it is to understand. The thing about life lessons is that everyone wants to be told what they are, but you can’t really learn them until you have the experience yourself. Once you’ve experienced a harsh truth, you can grow as an individual and learn. These lessons, although difficult at first, make life easier.


In order to help remind you of the most important lessons life has to teach, here are a few that have helped me. Although you may have to have your own experiences to truly understand their meanings, it can be useful to keep them in mind as you move forward.

1. Your Personality is Not Set in Stone

Remember that you’re in control of your own life, and you have the power to change it if you want. If you don’t like something about your personality, the way you’ve been acting, or how you’ve been treating others, change. It really is that simple.
You don’t have to do or be the same thing each day, you can change if you want. Just remember that this only applies to you, not to anyone else in your life.

2. Don’t Forsake Your Parents

No matter how unsatisfied you are with your childhood, your parents are the only reasons why you’re here at all. Forgiveness can be a life lesson all its own, but it’s especially important when it comes to your parents. Letting go of the things you dealt with in the past doesn’t mean forgetting all about them, it means forgiving the people that had a negative impact.
Children can go through some pretty terrible experiences that last a lifetime, but the more you can forgive, the better off you’ll be. Don’t leave your parents behind you.

3. A Positive Mind Produces Positive Results

Try to stay as positive as you can throughout your day. It may sound farfetched, but a positive outlook on a situation can produce positive results. It all has to do with expectations; if you expect something to go wrong, chances are that it will.
Conversely, if you expect something to go positively, you’ll probably get the result you’re hoping for. Never underestimate the power of your mind and the impact it can have on your life in general.

4. Love and Friendship Are Equally Important

When it comes to our relationships, we often get confused between love and friendship.
Don’t worry so much about the distinction, they are both equally important in your life. Not only that, but they aren’t mutually exclusive either. You can love your best friend, and your best friend can turn into a romantic interest. If you find yourself in a position where you have to choose between loving someone and just being friends, enjoy it, you won’t get many tough decisions that result in two amazing outcomes.

5. Enjoy the Time You Have

Everyone knows the phrase time heals all wounds, but it also does a whole lot more. Enjoy the time you have in this life because no one knows what comes after. If you’re hurt, take some time and watch the change that occurs in your life. Time really does heal almost every wound, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the process.
Take the pain, take the pleasure, and everything in between.
source and courtesy: dailyvibes.org

5 Ways Meditation Heals The Body And Mind

People say it all the time: meditate to relieve yourself from stress, improve your productivity, and rejuvenate your energy. But how exactly is meditation helping us? Does it really work, and is it worth spending time on? To understand meditation and how it affects your mind and body, you really have to know yourself and your potential first. Here are a few things you should know about meditation before you decide whether or not it is something you can do.



1) Mind and body connection

Meditation is a process which occurs once you start focusing on your inner thoughts and energy. Learning how to control those thoughts and energy can help you relax, focus and concentrate, renew your energy and relieve stress and exhaustion. By meditating, you can do anything you want to. You connect your body with your mind and soul, and experience new sensations which can’t be explained and shown otherwise. Your mind learns about your body and vice versa. It’s the ultimate connection which cannot be achieved otherwise.

2) Reduce stress and your blood pressure

Many people in the world have issues with their health in general. A stressful life can often cause rise in blood pressure, which leads to cardiac arrests and often death. In order to prevent your heart from exploding, besides living a healthier life, you need to meditate often. By meditating, your body will calm down and enter the state of peace and quietness. Tensions will disappear, stress will go away and your blood pressure will drop to normal. It is all about finding your inner chakra and breathing normally, with deep inhales and slow exhales.


3) Boost your immune system

Did you know that you can also improve your immune system by simply meditating? Scientists have proved that through meditation, you can fight off viruses and other symptoms of illness. All you have to do is focus hard enough and let your body speak with your mind. On a subconscious level, you will send positive energy to your body and tell it that everything is alright. Meditation lets you focus hard enough for this to happen. Avoid heart disease and other potentially deadly problems by taking care of yourself, your body and your soul.

4) Relieve chronic pain

Are you suffering on a daily basis from a pain that occurred many years ago? Does your lower back still hurt when carrying heavy bags or bending to reach for something? Through meditation, you can find those inner sensors and activate them. Relieve that chronic pain through a 90-minute meditation, and spend the rest of the day enjoying things you love, without being disrupted by severe pain. If you need help focusing, try using smudge sticks while meditating to improve your concentration.

5) Slow down the aging process

If you commit yourself to a full 90-minute meditation process every day, you will feel the difference in no time. In the first week only, you will learn to understand meditation and explore its limitless possibilities. After that, you will realize that you can improve your general health and well-being as well as strengthen your immune system. Stress and other problems speed up your aging process, so taking care of those should be your number one priority. Learn to master meditation and nothing will be in your way.


Meditation is a healthy and natural way of boosting your immune system, reducing stress and regulating blood pressure. It can help you with many other things such as boosting creativity, improving focus and regulating your stored energy. Meditation should be taken seriously for it is indeed the most natural way of discovering your full potential.

source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com

How to Recognize Early Signs of Circulation Problems (Which Are Common Even in Young People)

The symptoms of blood circulation problems may have several different causes.

Most often causes are the thickening and hardening of the arteries and the peripheral arterial disease.
Nowadays, poor blood circulation appears to thrive. Especially among the young people. This comes as a surprise because it was believed that poor blood circulation is a condition typical for older people. Young people often develop the unhealthy eating habits and the lack of any physical activity. This plays a key role in the appearance of the blood circulation problems.
Here are 10 signs that you may suffer from poor blood circulation.

1. Leg Pain

A common symptom of poor circulation is a pain in the legs. It appears as muscle cramps or pain in the hip when you are walking, climbing stairs or running. This is a condition called intermittent claudication and it’s a sign of peripheral arterial disease.

2. Numbness and Weakness

If you feel numbness or weakness in hands or in your feet while you’re active or at rest, then you may have poor blood circulation. If these symptoms come suddenly and if they are accompanied by a difficulty to speak or weakness in the muscles of the face, you may have poor blood circulation in the brain. Poor circulation in the arteries which are supplying the brain with blood can cause a stroke.

3. Coldness and Swelling

If you feel your hands or your legs cold all the time without any apparent reason, this may be also a poor blood circulation sign. Circulation problems can produce coldness in the hands or feet. You may also notice that your limbs are swelled due to poor circulation, especially your legs.

4. Wounds cannot heal

Another poor circulation sign, especially in the legs, is the presence of wounds on the feet that do not seem to heal. You may also notice infections on your feet which seem to last forever.

5. Change of skin color

Poor circulation can cause changes in skin color in the hands and feet. If you notice that your skin looks blue this is because the blood does not carry oxygen properly in your limbs.

6. Weak pulse in your legs

Poor blood circulation can be caused by atherosclerosis. This condition makes your pulse weak in your feet. When the pulse is absent or weak, it means that there is not or there is little blood flow to these areas of your body. The most common method used by physicians to control the problem of blood flow is to check the pulse in your leg or groyne.

7. Chest Pain

If you feel chest pain or angina, as well as other heart attack symptoms, you may have poor blood circulation in the arteries around your heart. In this case, you should see your doctor immediately to prevent a potentially life-threatening problem.

8. Ulcers of the lower limbs

Ulcers are certain points of the skin which are causing inflammation and where a rash is generated. Somebody with blood circulation problems can notice these inflammations to start growing on their feet. Look for dry, red spots of different sizes on the skin.

9. Phlebitis

The valves of the heart are pumping blood. If they are not working properly, then the blood accumulates in the legs and increases the pressure on small blood vessels. This causes the veins just below the skin surface to twist and bulge. You may notice pain after long periods of seating or standing or random itching during the day. Varicose veins occur more often in the lower parts of legs and ankles.

10. Hair loss and weak nails

One of the clearest signs that your body is not getting the right amount of nutrients is the effect on hair and nails. The hair can become dry, begin to thin and create spots on the scalp. Your skin can become much drier and starts itching. The nails tend to be much weaker and can break easily.

How to treat or prevent blood circulation problems

Problems with poor blood circulation are usually treated with medication. However, it is always better to take a more natural approach if the condition is allowing it. Official medicine approach can be effective but it has numerous side effects and in most cases, these methods don’t treat the real cause.
The change of lifestyle will greatly help in most of the cases. There are four great herbs which have been proven to have a positive effect on poor blood circulation: These herbs are cayenne, garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, and ginger.
It’s necessary to eat more fruits and vegetables and include more fibre-rich foods to your diet. Keeping yourself hydrated is a must, so increase the intake of fresh water to 8 glasses per day. Try to avoid coffee and tea which contain caffeine and theine. Alcohol is a big enemy to this condition. Try to avoid it. Other treatments and holistic approach include the acupuncture and acupressure. There are also hydrotherapies which have great results. Some people find yoga and stretching exercises very helpful.
References:
source and courtesy: lifeadvancer.com

10 Spiritual Symbols You MUST Know

Spiritual Symbols

Spiritual symbols are everywhere in our world!
In fact they’re so pervasive, it’s almost hard to distinguish- and know- about them all.
Luckily, we’ve done the work for you.


Hamsa

Hamsa is the Hebrew word meaning “five”, and is represented with a palm-shaped amulet and an eye in the middle of the palm.
Used by many societies throughout history, it’s purpose is to ward off negative energy and the “evil eye”, a malicious stare that’s said to cause unluckiness, illness, or even death.
Many religions have used this symbol for their own purposes, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Popular indeed!

The Flower of Life

This symbol could be considered king in sacred geometry!
Said to contain all the patterns of creation in it, the Flower of Life is possibly the most ancient symbol on this list, used since the time of the Sumerians (the first civilization in the world).
Composed of seven overlapping, evenly spaced circles, the figure forms a flower-like pattern that’s structured like a hexagon.
The Egyptians, Romans, Celtic Christians, and even Leonardo da Vinci all believed there was something very special about this symbol.

Yin Yang

Used extensively in Chinese teachings, this symbol represents the harmony of the universe.
All duality- no matter how dark or light, masculine or feminine- provides needed balance.
It’s said that balance between these two opposing forces brings the most harmony to an individual’s life.

Pentagram

Often misunderstood and sometimes labelled as “satanic”, the pentagram symbolizes the qualities of man.
The top point represents spirit, while the other points represent the four elements.
Wiccans heavily use this symbol in sacred ceremonies to remind themselves of the nature of humankind.

Dharma Wheel

The Wheel of Dharma, or the “Wheel of Law”, is the Buddhist symbol for teachings of the path of Nirvana.
Each spoke represents a step in Buddha’s Eightfold Path.
Interestingly, it’s older than Buddhism itself, dating back to 2500 B.C.

Star of David

It’s almost impossible to be alive today and not have seen The Star of David!
Most people believe it symbolizes the shield King David used in battle.
However, there is another theory about this popular hexagon: the representation of 6 directions in space.
Up, down, east, west, north, south, and most importantly, center (as in mankind’s spiritual center).
There are many other interpretations of the symbol, with some claiming it represents sacred geometry.

Om

Om is the mother of all mantras, and the primordial sound by which the universe was created.
Used in Hinduism since its inception, Om could be considered the primary symbol of that great religion.
It’s said that deep meditation naturally brings this sound to the forefront, enveloping the practitioner in a universal glow.

Christian Fish

The fish of Christianity was used in the early days of the religion as a secret way to tell others they followed the teachings of Christ.
So why the fish?
Several prominent stories of the apostles were of fishing, with Jesus telling them “I will make you fishers of men”.
Interestingly, it originally came from the Pagan religion, and represented fertility, birth, and the natural force of women.


Eye of Horus

Used in ancient Egypt, the Eye of Horus was often used as an amulet to give safety, health, and wisdom to the wearer.
The story goes that the god Horus (the god of the sun and the moon) lost his eye during battle, at which point it was restored by the god Thoth.
This eye was the moon, which seemingly disappears during its cycle.

Lotus Flower

Used in various eastern religions, the lotus is widely regarded as a representation of enlightenment.
This beautiful flower rises from the sludge of muddy waters, which reinforces the concept of resurrection.
This is the ultimate trajectory of humanity, and shows that any trial can be overcome through perseverance.
source and courtesy: sivanaspirit.com