from top left ( "Half Wit" 2016 sculpture, top right "Self Contained II" 2016 bottom right, "Freddie" 2016 sculpture "I Want" 2016 )
Dental Art ( My Molar Symbol) and Metaphysical Meanings have been a bit of an obsession for me. It's amazing how our teeth and jaw health impact our appetite for food and life. What we take through our mouths literally becomes us, so any trouble with our teeth limits our ability to grow and become larger than our problems. But it can go the other way as well. What comes from the heart is breathed to life through the language of words. What level of language one chooses to voice, can be a life-giving, breathe of fresh air or an onslaught of hatred and death. Either way, the teeth get hit first with the energy. They can be maintained, healed or destroyed that way.
For instance, tooth decay from irregular brushing or poor diet creates loss of teeth. But what else could it mean? Maybe one finds it hard to stick to routine and refuses to or doesn't know how to take care of one's long-term needs. Maybe one mistrusts authority, including their own. One becomes disconnected from life without teeth.
You can't eat or live, so allowing one's teeth to rot is a sign you give your power away.
It's time to make peace with your pricelessness. Find your purpose in life ad the courage to walk it.
You cannot be replaced and you deserve to be here. Spend more time outdoors and with people who love you no matter what.
How about grinding teeth? Maybe one is angry at not being able or allowed to communicate, be heard, or speak up. SO what happens physically? Weakened teeth, headaches, a stiff neck, limited bite, and lack of appetite.
Teeth signify natural truth, which belongs to exterior understanding and, in the opposite sense, the falsity which destroys this truth, is evident from the following passages in the Word. This makes the life of this all about understanding. They grind like a mill, preparing the food for the body's nourishment or the soul through wisdom. Check out "grinding of the teeth, knashing of the teeth" references in the Old Testament and other ancient texts.
The emptiness of teeth denotes scarcity of truth or "lack of bread." Tooth decay asks, "Are you biting off more than you can chew?"
In ancient Hebrew, the symbol of sin was the molar. It was called "Shin." We miss the mark. Think of archery. There is a target we aim for. We get close but rarely hit the center until we become masters at understanding the game. Everyone misses the mark in the game of life with many things. But are we strong enough to search for the truth, learn the rules of this "game", the humility to accept, and the courage to stand by it and speak it when needed? If only we allowed the LIFE it breathed into ourselves and for others, the healing would show over time. That is my belief. Fear, Doubt, Pain, Death and Decay form over time in the self deception of living out lies. Speaking its language shows in the world one makes for oneself. If that could be exposed and left behind to greater existences for each person. Ready for that? It means changing from the inside out. That's the power behind the symbol of my molar. There it is.
Peace and Love.
|photo credit Mark Hanauer|