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Miscellaneous Symbolism

The Symbolic Meaning of Bells

The sounding of a bell is a signal that informs us of something; the start or end of mass or class, an emergency, a wake-up call or, in the case of the old town crier, to grab attention before making an announcement.

Everybody knows that!

However, there is a deeper, esoteric meaning, that rarely gets mentioned.

From the exoteric interpretations for the symbolic meaning of bells, we can readily deduce they relate to the beginning and the end of a cycle, or to signal danger. In both cases, they provide critical information.

In the case of bell’s ringing in the morning, or the modern bell of the alarm clock, the symbolic meaning of bells bears a relationship to awakening. However, the awakening is to oneself.

Ancient sages created esoteric symbolism to disguise the actual meaning of their writings. They used everyday objects people are familiar with to help them remember, learn and understand complex lessons of consciousness and the mind.

So let’s take this one step forward to examine the esoteric symbolic meaning of bells.

Bell Symbolism

Information is essentially knowledge, and we know that “knowledge is power.”

The hidden secret of this well-known saying is that when we happy knowledge with the appropriate action, we accrue wisdom and have a better understanding of life through interaction and experience.

Moreover, we add information to our subconscious programming, and with more wisdom in our subconscious, we experience a richer quality of life.

Even when I tell you that bells represent the capacity to acquire wisdom, it only scratches the surface of its deeper meaning.

The Symbolic Meaning of Bells in World Religions

The official explanation of symbolic meanings given by religious institutions is misleading. In Christianity, the bell is said to represent the ‘voice of God.’ And they portray “God” as some personified Sky Daddy that is everywhere and in everything. 

Including your head!

How often do you hear the “voice of God” and what does it sound like?

In China, bells are rung to communicate with spirits. Buddhists, Hindus and the Russian Orthodox Church also say the sound of the bell directly addresses the deity. 

So it seems there is a common theme in relation to the symbolic meaning of bells running through the world’s religions. This fact is also true of other symbols. At this point, the inquisitive mind will ask, “why are all the world’s organised religions using the same symbols and applying the same (or similar) meaning?”

I thought that’s what you might ask!

These same religions also link superstitions to bells. You may have heard that ringing a bell protects you by warding off evil spirits – which gives the impression that there are ghouls and goblins out to get you. 

Of course, this is all poppy-cock (a polite English way of saying, bollocks!)

The Dome and Clapper of the Bell

Ancient sages made the connection that the dome of the bell is the ‘vault of heaven’ and the clapper is the ‘voice of the divinity.’ The esoteric meaning of the dome actually represents the female sexual genitalia of women.  The clapper is the male phallus. 

When male and female come into sexual union, there is the potential to create life. And that what all symbolism related to masculine and feminine object means.

The male and female principle of creation also relate to the proton (male) of an atom, and electron (female). Atoms are the building blocks of life and create your experience of the world.

We, therefore, see the ancient idea of duality that consistently occurs throughout ancient wisdom. They often use the male and female analogy to present the idea of balance and union. 

We can apply these same principles to the human mind. The mind needs to be balanced by using masculine and feminine traits, more commonly known as ‘whole-brain thinking’.

And science shows men and women use the brain in different ways

To master whole-brain thinking, you need to know how to think analytically with Reason, and how to be creative and use your imagination. This is also how you create your experience of life.

The Deeper Symbolic Meaning of Bell

A balanced mind has the capacity to analyse a situation and be creative enough to find the ideal solution. Even in modern times, neuroscientists and phycologists describe the left and right hemispheres of the mind as having qualities mostly associated with male or female.  

It is believed the left side of the brain is mostly used for analytical purposes which is associated as a male trait. The left side controls emotions which is a feminine trait (not that the opposing sides do not process emotions or situations, but one dominates over the other.)

The mind processes information. And it is in the control centre that we acquire wisdom in order to make decisions. In Buddhism, the resonance of a bell signifies ‘pure wisdom’ because the sound is one of perfect harmony and clarity. 

The Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, the bringer of knowledge and wisdom, is associated with the bell together with music. This connection related to the vibration of energy.

In ceremonial ritual, the reverberation of the bell is used to help worshippers disengage the mind so that it becomes receptive. In this sense, it is the womb of the female nurturing the sperm of the male – the active principle, or libido, that creates life.

The curved dome is said to represent Ananta, the celestial snake on which Lord Vishnu reclines. The seven-headed serpent is symbolic of limitless consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word Ananta means, ‘endless.’

Ananta Vishnu symbolism

So from all these breadcrumbs, it is possible to deduce that the bell represents the mind’s ability to expand conscious awareness and tap into the wisdom of your higher-conscious which is boundless and readily available – if you know how to listen. 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you ~ Matthew 7:7

The ‘voice of God’ – your higher conscious – is always there with you always. You just have to know how to listen. The “evil spirits” are the “demonic” voices you hear which come from your subconscious – Freud’s id which by all intents and purposes is the little devil that leads you into temptation.

So the next time you hear a bell ringing, remember you can ask your higher conscious anything and get the right answer.


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  1. Hi I have had this awaken in me & today the birds toys on cage kinda looked like bells to me and when I woke up there were moving lol really moving, I think I know what it means after reading ur page but I’d appreciate a little more insight to this,as I’ve been struggling to understand what’s is going on. & this am to many coicedances since I woke enough I know I was guided to your page, I’m starting to learn not to question

    1. Hi Sam

      Thank you for your message. I am pleased you were able to get some benefit from this content. To give you more insight, symbolism and events that appear to be coincidental or synchronicity is consciousness trying to bring your attention to something about yourself that you are not fully aware of. The bell is used to wake people up in a morning so is symbolic of awakening…there is your first calling. Now you need to observe which thoughts arise in your mind, particular memories, and explore why you are having these memories. If you keep thinking about a specific event or person, ask yourself what did you do to cause that event, or what character attributes do you like or dislike about the person. These are reflections of your own emerging unconscious. Or you may have an experience today or later this week that shows you what you need to know. Or you may have already answered your own question – do not question, be open and allow things to happen naturally. I hope this helps.

  2. Namaste, I heard a bell ringing last night during meditation and it came from my right side and traveled to my left side then it was in the distance on my left side. as if it was passing by like it was moving. it was so loud asked my wife if she heard it also . A little back story I found my path on January 26th so all thing happening are amazing but its humbing because it takes focus for me to stay conscious of my thoughts and actions so I can have this be my reality namaste