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Sunflowers and Spirituality
Sunflowers and spiritualism
have long been linked together. Spiritualism is a belief that
centers on a continuous life, a life that lives on even after
death, even with the absence of a physical body. The core of
Spiritualism is the essence of a person, or our consciousness,
which does not die. Death, for people who believe in this
philosophy, is simply moving into a higher phase of existence;
it is not the end but a beginning of a better being.
Spiritualism also believes in the possibility of communicating
with those who have gone over to that new form of existence,
since it does not believe that the life ends with death.
According to this philosophy, every one of us has in us what is
called a Mediumship, through which we can reach those who have
went on ahead of us. Finally, the belief believes in the light
brought by a Heavenly Father.
The sunflower is used as an
emblem of the philosophy of Spiritualism. The sunflower is
likened to the life that surrounds a person. The figures that
surround a sunflower are coincide with what surrounds a person.
Sunflowers have seven branches that stand for the seven days in
a week and twelve leaves for the twelve months in a year. Each
of the branches also usually gives life to three sunflowers,
which are believed to stand for the Holy Trinity. And each of
the sunflowers has 52 yellow petals, which stands for the 52
weeks in a year. And at the center of each flower, there are 365
seeds, just as there are 365 days in a year.
The sunflower’s very nature
also reflects something that Spiritualist believers should do,
which is to turn to the light. Every sunflower faces towards the
east when the sun rises, which symbolizes how people should turn
to the light of God. The flower sends across the message that
God can meet our very needs, just as the sunflowers survive by
looking towards the east, if we just face His light.