Recently my family was plagued by a winter virus, which lasted for many weeks and manifested in a variety of symptoms.
For me the virus seemed to endure through three distinct phases. Each phase ending in a crescendo of sorts, which made me wonder whether there was some sort of divine message I should be heeding.
First of all I lost a good deal of my hearing. For more than two weeks it felt like having my head half submerged in a bath. I was shouting a lot and everyone else had to shout back. It can lead to lots of misplaced feelings of anger all that shouting.
Next came the laryngitis. More debilitating, as I had no voice – to speak of- but this affliction only lasted a few days, thankfully, as this was also stressful for my son, who was beginning to lash out at me. He had no sympathy for me and I suspect he thought I was playing a particularly nasty and protracted joke on him by refusing to join him in ten rounds of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’
Then, of course, you guessed it, came the plague on my eyes. I caught a dose of conjunctivitis which got infected. I gladly didn’t lose my eyesight but did look rather pathetic and toxic for a few days.
So what does one do when cut off from the world in such an cruel manner? I rushed off to my books to look up the Eastern symbol of The Three Wise Monkeys, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.
According to my book The Secret Language of Symbols, these three monkeys represent our ability to control and discipline our minds, and to rise above our tendency to spread gossip and gloat over the misfortunes of others.
I did find other explanations and meanings for this symbol, but I liked the simplicity of this explanation.
I really don’t know if I had partaken in gossip about anyone during this period of time, I don’t think so, it never makes me feel good.
I do think that this symbol is a very good reminder for us all that it is an unpleasant facet of human nature to get caught up in this kind of behaviour.
So if I did gossip or gloat about your misfortune recently, (my higher self must have caught me out!) I’m truly sorry- and I’ll write it one hundred times on the blackboard.
I See Nothing! I Hear Nothing! I Say Nothing!