Symbolic Meaning of Problems

Symbolic Meaning of Problems

Meaning of Problems

Problems. We all have them. What if problems are symbolic? If they are, what possible symbolic meaning could come from our problems? To be sure, experiencing challenges is a sure-fire guarantee in life. This article is an encouragement to explore the deeper meaning behind our problems with a goal to clarify their purpose in our lives.

Have you ever had the same snafu crop up in your life over and over again? I have. After seeing the same difficulty occur repeatedly in my life, it finally dawned on me these recurring problems might be symbolic of a long-standing issue I needed to address.

Specifically, recurring difficulties were a sign I had to learn a lesson. In exploring and (eventually) learning the lesson of the problem that kept resurfacing, the problem miraculously abated in time, never to return again.

I'm not necessarily talking major trauma here. Some of the most seemingly inconsequential snags in the fabrics of our lives can provide profound symbolism. For example, there was a time in my life when I consistently experienced car problems. Shot radiator, faulty electrical system, fuel pump on the fritz. Maddening! Admittedly, these glitches were infuriating (especially when I couldn't afford repairs at the time). But once I removed myself from the immediate anxiety of the difficulty, I began to see these vehicular malfunctions in a different light - I started viewing my car as a symbol. I began to reason if my car is a symbol, then it would logically represent things like:

  • Power
  • Control
  • Freedom
  • Mobility
  • Navigation
  • Destination

Logically, if my car symbolized things like freedom, I had to take a hard look at what was posing a threat to my freedom, mobility, and my ability to navigate through life.

Consequently, my car problems took on a whole different feel...I began to see the car was a smaller version of some larger issues. I began to look at my life, and see what kind of inner conflict or emotional tug-of-wars were going on to cause a threat to my freedom.

With this new perspective, I was able to root out the emotional source of some major blockages in my life. It turned out, once those inner (emotional) barriers were cleaned up, the external symptoms such as engine failure started to improve too.

I invite you to consider external/environmental problems as a symbolic symptom of inner issues. Once these inner issues are identified and cleaned up a little bit, I suspect you'll find your external challenges easing up in your life too.

Just some thoughts I've had in dealing with my own problems that I thought I'd pass along to you. I hope these ideas on the symbolic meaning of problems have helped you in some way in your approach to problem solving.

Thanks for reading. And remember, life is symbolic. Keep interpreting!

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An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings

Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.

This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."

Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)

As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!


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