The symbol cards serve as visuals for the descriptions given in the books "Cutting the Ties That Bind" and "Cutting More Ties That Bind". These books explain the Cutting the Ties That Bind (CTTTB) is a visualization method involving the use of symbols. When we visualize and learn to manifest these symbolic techniques in our everyday life, we can experience personal freedom. Thus we can become free from control of inner negative conditioning and outer controlling influences.
These 15 symbol cards are designed to accompany the books Phyllis Krystal wrote to describe the CTTTB method.
All of the symbols can help us to surrender, trust and accept the curriculum we are given in the University of Life. Visualizing them promotes awakening out of suffering and dependence on the outer as we become more and more dependent on the inner truth, consciousness and contentment.
These symbol cards can be used as a tool box by anyone, at any age, to help with the many varied situations that arise in life.
Carl Jung taught us that visualization of archetypal symbols creates a dialogue with the unconscious mind, often in response to dreams which are the language of the unconscious mind. Visualization allows us to obtain help from within to make changes in our life. The symbols connect us to the Universal Life Force or Hi C. The practice of visualization also helps to quiet the monkey mind so that attention can transfer to the empty, universal, primordial space between, behind and around thought which is always peaceful and content and is our natural state. This practice can reduce agitation, suffering and attachment by the ego to any outer forms of security.
The Monkey Mind
The mind and its myriad thoughts and judgements is often likened to a monkey because it is constantly busy attaching to concepts and desires of the ego. In Asia, particularly India, farmers would put narrow-necked bottles full of ripe fruit on the ground in the orchards at harvest time. The hungry monkeys would reach into the bottles to grab hold of the fruit. But they became stuck or attached as they desired the fruit so much that they were unwilling to let go of their prize in order to remove their arm from the bottle. Thus, they remained trapped and could do no harm to the fruited trees. In a similar way, our minds attach to our desires preventing us from becoming free.