Great floods can signify tragedy, loss, helplessness, and grief. People and animals die, and property is destroyed, often leaving individuals without any previous connections, thus great floods can also represent isolation and disconnection from one’s attachments. People can feel they have been ‘washed or carried away’ by a tragedy of some kind.
However, great floods can also symbolize triumph in the face of adversity. To survive such an epic event is a miraculous feat. It can put a person in the position of never worrying about daily tribulations while they focus entirely on survival. In the case of the Bible it remind people to not disobey this God’s commands, but also gave them hope that the God would one day fix things. Thus great floods can symbolize rebirth, transformation, spiritual rebalancing and cleansing at great cost.
The meaning of great floods can be helpful for dealing with difficult times in one’s life. A great flood can help put things into perspective; it reminds us that we cannot predict what life will do to us but that we can learn from our experiences and grow through them.
Oneness is often known as the state of being one and the same with the universe. Oneness erases the boundaries between you and the universe. It is the merging of all concepts, in which there is no past or future, only the moment of now and also in which there is past and future; in which space and time both exist and do not exist; chaos and order. It can be said to be the ultimate “Is-ness”.
The art of precious scars.
With the Japanese art of kintsugi, a broken object is repaired with precious metal like gold, liquid silver, platinum, or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bind the broken pieces, enhance its value, and preserve its imperfect history. Each use of kintsugi is unique because of the random nature of fractures. The practice is related to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi (the acceptance and appreciation of imperfection).
Kintsugi (金継ぎ), or kintsukuroi (金繕い); golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”).
Kintsugi shows us that imperfection can be artful and beautiful. Thus we can better appreciate the weakness, misfortune, and human drama that unfold in our lives. It is worth noting however, that kintsugi implies an amount of work, artistry, and improvement. This would indicate that we must apply ourselves to our misfortunes in an effort to gain something of value from them.