By Barabara Heider-Rauter
What is the infinity sign really about? There was a time when knowledge of the power of symbols was the preserve of initiates only and it was passed on in secret. The infinity sign, or lemniscate, is one such fascinating symbol and produces its power regardless of whether we believe in it or not. In this article you will discover how it has been used in many different cultures and how we can make use of this powerful symbol today. Let us immerse ourselves in the magical world of ancient symbols. I wonder, will we feel its force straight away?
We all know what the infinity symbol – the sign that represents the immeasurable and the boundless – looks like, but very few of us know what power it holds. It has been highly prized for centuries, used for protection and the bringing of harmony and balance to opposing entities in many cultures. The band across the forehead of Egyptian pharaohs bore the image of a snake in the shape of a figure eight. It was also the number of Thoth, the Egyptian god of the Laws and of wisdom and magic. In Indian cultures, we see the infinity symbol in depictions of Kundalini energy and in the staffs carried by Hermes and Asclepius.
From a spiritual perspective, eight is the number of the initiate – those who have transcended the seven stages of awakening and passed through the seven heavens. Eight is the number linked with the power of resurrection and regeneration, symbolizing happiness and paradise regained. In Chinese tradition, it represents wealth and prosperity and is used in Feng Shui to arrange living spaces harmoniously. The infinity sign is also within us, in our very cells and the basic structure of our genes. It is in the double helix of the strands of our DNA, a continuous chain of figures-of-eight.
How can we make conscious use of the infinity symbol? How can this powerful and dynamic symbol help us in our daily lives? I suggest that when we feel the need for something, for example greater richness and serenity in our lives, we can draw an infinity symbol and inscribe these two words in each of the loops. A single loop can contain more than one concept. The lemniscate will bring dynamism and balance to whatever is important or of interest to us. It will help us to find harmony and equilibrium in every way, bringing balance to opposing forces.
The infinity sign can also provide help with healing. By visualizing or drawing the lemniscate as a symbol, we can use it on any part of the body where balance and harmony are needed. If we feel under the weather, we can write the world “health” on an infinity symbol and carry it with us.
The figure eight can also be of help in the run-up to an exam. Write the words “knowledge” or “wisdom” on an infinity sign and put it in your pocket. If you don’t want to draw or paint the symbol on something, use it in jewellery instead and wear a piece decorated with the lemniscate. Its effect is felt via the energetic field of our skin and throughout our innermost being.
The infinity sign is often engraved on wedding rings, where it symbolises the everlasting nature of the relationship between two people. It can also be extremely effective when used to restore harmony in problematic relationships, whether conflict lies within yourself or with others; in this respect it teaches us a way of understanding how seemingly irreconcilable opposites can be reunited. It helps us to find a new perspective on apparently insoluble problems.
I also use the infinity symbol to make decisions when I am unsure or doubtful. Draw a figure-of-eight on a piece of paper and write one option in one loop and the other option in the second loop. Then take a pen and trace along the infinity symbol until you feel better. Repeat this tracing exercise for a few days until a way of approaching a solution emerges. The infinity symbol, a closed loop with no beginning and no end, can provide you with unlimited energy if you find yourself in a debilitating situation. It is also considered a powerful tool in kinesiology and is used to integrate the left and right halves of the brain, bringing harmony to a person as a whole, in mind, body and spirit.
The power of the infinity symbol can also be used to restore the connection between people in a harmonious way and to promote loving and peaceful relationships. Picture yourself in one of the two loops and the other person in the other loop. In your mind, keep tracing around the infinity sign that now links you together until you feel that everything has reached an equilibrium and any negative emotions or thoughts have been laid to rest again. If you are arguing with your partner, for example (or even if you just wish to boost the harmony between you), mentally place yourself in one loop and your partner in the other. Keep tracing around the line of the symbol in your thoughts until you feel a harmonious connection. The energy of the lemniscate is not intrusive so you can perform the same exercise on behalf of others.
As simple and practical as many of these exercises may sound, together they constitute the great personal development that the infinity symbol can generate: it is all about our spiritual growth. As a symbol of the infinite and eternity, the lemniscate opens up a further level of consciousness, helping us to restore our lost unity with Creation and to once again feel at one with the world and all living things. The number of ways in which we can use this powerful symbol is impressive – you can paint or draw the symbol, or even just picture it in your mind, and then you will feel so much.
About the author:
Barbara Heider-Rauter is the author of The Power of the Infinity Symbol: Working with the Lemniscate for Ultimate Harmony and Balance. She is an Aura-Soma therapist and educator, the owner of a specialist spiritual shop in Salzburg, Austria, and a leader of seminars conducting ‘heart journeys’ to England and Ireland. For more information, please visit www.barbara-heider-rauter.com
© article and interview by Barbara Vödisch, first published in the magazine Herzstück Nr. 5/17