The Spiral and the Soul’s Journey

Everything turns in circles and spirals with the cosmic heart until infinity.

“Everything has a vibration that spirals inward or outward — and everything turns together in the same direction at the same time. This vibration keeps going: it becomes born and expands or closes and destructs — only to repeat the cycle again in opposite current. Like a lotus, it opens or closes, dies and is born again. Such is also the story of the sun and moon, of me and you. Nothing truly dies. All energy simply transforms.”
Suzy Kassem, ‘Rise Up and Salute the Sun’

The spiral, symbolises the journey of the soul and the evolution of consciousness. As depicted by the spiral, it is an open-ended journey of inner exploration. The spiral both emerges from and returns to the Source. In the spiral journey of the soul there is a going forth and a return, an involution and an evolution. In the involutionary process the soul takes material form: it incarnates and becomes involved in experiencing the world of matter, or maya.

In the evolutionary process it returns ‘home’ to the world of spirit. This going forth and return of the soul is epitomised by epic myths and heroic legends, such as the travels of Odysseus, the story of the prodigal son, and the adventures of Percival in the quest for the Holy Grail.

The returning hero – or evolving soul – is not the same as the one who set out, for the journey is transformative: it is an adventure in consciousness. The returning hero / heroine is no longer innocent or ignorant, for, through the experience, the individual has gained in soul-wisdom and developed in consciousness. And so, the evolving soul that returns to the Source from which it came, is not just recycling endlessly, but is moving forward and onward in an evolving spiral of consciousness, as part of an evolving cosmos.

The movement of the spiral, symbolising both involution and evolution, is also regarded as depicting the inhalation and exhalation of the breath of God. As a dynamic whorl or vortex of energy, the spiral represents the great generative forces of the cosmos as well as the spinning and weaving of the web of life.

The spiral form is seen in all that is helical: in shells, the ear, the embryo in the womb, plant forms such as unfolding fern fronds, the coiled serpent, and the serpent energy or kundalini.


Debra Robins

Savvy and insightful, Debra is the publisher and editor of Odyssey Magazine. Author, wordsmith and natural remedy consultant, Debra brings together extensive expertise in both corporate and personal wellbeing and combines this with her passion to uplift personal and planetary wellness through the power of words.

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