Dear Carolina Dean,
I was reading your site where you said that God marked everything he created with a sign that indicates its use in medicine and witchcraft. For example, you say they walnuts will help heal head-wounds because they look like a person's head. If this is truly the case, then what does your doctrine of signatures say about man's purpose in God's design?Signed,Sybok
Thank you for your question. First of all, the Doctrine of Signatures (DOS) is not my own concept but one that has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It can be found in many cultures and has been written about numerous times. Two of the most popular writers on the subject of the DOS are Paracelsus von Hohenheim (1493-1541) and Jakob Bohme (1575-1624). In addition, Nicholas Culpepper’s often reprinted herbal takes the doctrine of signatures as common knowledge and its influence can be detected still in modern herbal lore.
That being said, the Holy Bible states that man was created in the image of God; therefore, I believe that man's purpose in God's design is to be as God himself. What I mean by that is, on a very basic level, we are here to love one another as God loves us. We are to use the power of that love to heal our souls, to nourish our spirits, to learn that we are more than our physical bodies. If you would like to get more specific, then I'll reiterate what I have shared before on this subject. Whenever I have been asked, What do you believe? Who do you worship? This has been my response.
"That which has been called God and will herein be referred to as Spirit is neither male nor female, but rather is both androgynous and asexual, and which exist as pure love. Because we as humans find it difficult to identify with someone or something that is simultaneously male, female, and neuter we attempt to understand Spirit by associating it as one or more of many archetypes, including male, female, and even sometimes animal forms as in Ancient Egyptian and Native American belief systems. For example, a woman who has been abused by men may find strength and comfort in a divine being who is a Warrior-Goddess; or a gay man wishing to draw closer to God may see him as a beautiful man who loves and accepts him.
Many individuals find it extremely difficult to accept forgiveness and unconditional love, as represented by Spirit. Therefore, rather than take responsibility for our own failings, humans have often painted their concept of God as having traits which we find undesirable within our selves resulting in mythologies that portray God as jealous, petty, and cruel, as well as loving, kind, and generous. Those who are in pain, who blame 'god' for their lot in life or who feel disenfranchised or cast out by society may need to see 'god' as the Satan because they have never experienced true love, or friendship.
All living things from humans to animals, and plants, all the way down to the “lowest” forms of life carries within their self the divine spark which is that part of themselves that is Spirit and which is connected to all living things and seeks to reunite with the original source of this light (the cosmic consciousness).Spirit experiences what it means to be alive through the divine spark within all life. Spirit shares the full range of human and non-human experience, such as falling in love, being scared, being lonely, being hungry, being happy, being healthy, etc….Through the divine spark in the plants and animals, Spirit knows what it means to be sacrificed as food in order for other life to continue, what it means to be planted in the Earth as a seed, to grow and sprout and join the natural order.
Therefore, Spirit has the highest compassion for every living thing and the desire for all living things to reach their highest potential and to be in harmony with one another."
This philosophy speaks to my spirit. It has allowed me to heal the emotional wounds of my past and embrace a God that I once turned away from simply because I did not believe that I was worthy of "his" love the love that is there and available to anyone...whey they are ready.