Wednesday, 2 August 2006

Roarger, the Lion

I have an invisible friend who is always with me. In my mind's eye I see him as a lion with bright red mane. I call him Roarger. On the one hand he has such a powerful and terrifying roar; on the other hand, he is as gentle as a lamb. I believe Roarger's roar transmutes all fearful thoughts, beliefs and realities into love.

While Roarger can shapeshift into any form or reality he mostly appears as a lion.

Roarger is really me as my essence, the Love that transmute all into love. I've been noticing lots of references lately to lions which to me is a sign that Roarger is alive in me. During my walk recently, I noticed this guy resting on the grass. I waved and smiled as I walked by and he waved back. His posture reminded me of Roarger.

Now I know that I don't need to call Roarger's name to feel his presence, I simply need to know that I am Roarger.

Here are a few lion symbols:

"The Lion is one of Buddhism's most potent symbols. Traditionally, the lion is associated with regality, strength and power. It is therefore an appropriate symbol for the Buddha who tradition has it was a royal prince. The Buddha's teachings are sometimes referred to as the 'Lion's Roar', again indicative of their strength and power." Brief History of Symbolism in Buddhism


The Lion

"The lion has been used to symbolize the Christ, as in the “Lion of Judah” (Rev. 5:5). This symbolizes the strength and spiritual power wielded by the Christic Force over dominions of lesser light. In this case the gentle being known as Yeshua held the lion power within Himself as a testament to the true spiritual power that is inherent in the force of Love. Also, the lion symbolizes solar consciousness. Yeshua received his solar initiation at Heliopolis in Egypt, assuming then the mantle of "Solar Lord."
Symbols of the Christ


"With the coming of Christianity, the lion like most sun symbols became an emblem of Christ, the "light of the world." One of Christ's biblical titles is "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev 5:5). As such the lion may be pictured with a cross-shaped nimbus. The Christ-lion may also be seen carrying a book or scroll representing His role as humanity's judge and teacher. Those who believe Revelation's angel of the seven thunders is Christ see the book-carrying lion in this prophetic role (Rev 10:1-4) The words of Christ are considered as powerful as a lion's roar.

Early Christian symbolists managed to make the lion a symbol of God incarnate by using the lion's front half to represent Christ's divine nature and its back half to stand for His human nature. The lion was believed to swish its tail back and forth in order to hide his footsteps. Therefore the lion's tail was considered representative of the way Christ hid His divinity in human clay."
ChristStory Bestiary

I am Roarger.