Each day I venture out to a beach I delight in the little finds along the way.
There must be something ingrained in us humans that encourages us to go walk on the sand or rocky beaches to look for shells. Have you ever noticed how most people seem to look down while walking a beach. Surprisingly, they are not looking down at their phones! Occasionally they bend down, pick up a colourful pebble, a piece of seasoned sea glass or they flip over a shell… and then they keep walking. Over and over again. Why do people search for such things on on the beach? What are they looking for?
What are people looking for when searching for shells on the beach? Maybe that’s a rhetorical question to ask, but I doubt anyone would be able to answer that question on the spot. It’s like we have all been brainwashed to search for something, but we don’t know what that “something” is. No matter how often I venture to the beach closest to home I search… until I find something I did not know I was looking for. It could be the palest aqua-coloured piece of sea glass, a small naturally polished agate, or the most beautiful and detailed shell I have ever seen, another seashell to add to my collection…
It does not matter that it is broken on the back, or that it has scratch marks across the pale pink section… It reminds me of a complex painting with shading and texture for added depth. Perhaps the primary reason for my fascination with seashells is the defined spiral radiating from the centre. I have explored spirals for its symbolism for many years.
In my research I have found that the spiral is the age-old intuitive symbol of spiritual development and our identity with the universe. It is found in cultures all over the world and is reflected in shamanism, serpent cults, dragon lore, geomancy, magic, mysticism and ritual art and dance throughout history. The spiral vortex, as found in whirlpools in water and in the double helix structure of the DNA molecule is nature’s favoured form for the transmission of its energy, both economically and efficaciously, radiating out and drawing in simultaneously, infinitely and eternally.
Do you walk the beach on holidays or because you live close to one? Do you search for something… not always clear what it may be till you find “it”?
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Thanks for stopping by today! Warm wishes for a wonderful weekend, Anna