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Journal of Symbols & Sandplay Therapy 2023;14(2): 107-122.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.23007
Bell: A Symbol of Wholeness
Eunjin Cho
Ph.D. Candidate of child counseling and psychotherapy, Department of Child Welfare Studies, Namseaoul University
전체성의 상징: 종(鐘)
조은진
남서울대학교대학원 아동복지학과(아동상담․심리치료전공) 박사수료
Correspondence :  Eunjin Cho ,Email: eunjin1805@naver.com
Received: May 31, 2023  Revised: July 13, 2023   Accepted: July 20, 2023
Abstract
This study explores the bell’s attributes as a representation of wholeness, analyzed through the lens of analytical psychology. Encompassing its production, religious significance, and literary references, our aim is to uncover the profound meaning behind the bell. The bell’s transformative journey parallels the internal struggles of individuals grappling with emerging energies while bringing unconscious thoughts into awareness. As a potent symbol, the bell possesses the unique power to bridge and harmonize opposing elements. It plays a dual role as both a religious emblem and a literary motif, embodying spirituality as a conduit for divine communication, while also safeguarding against malevolent spirits and natural perils. Additionally, it symbolizes the intricate balance between feminine and masculine forces. The resonating sound of the bell serves to awaken consciousness, initiating a cyclical process alternating between awareness and the unconscious, facilitating the experience of death and rebirth. Operating as an alarm, it illuminates existence, stirring the psyche toward an altered state of awareness and eventual conscious realization. Therefore, the bell acts as a catalyst, facilitating creative transformation that integrates disparate aspects into unity, embodying the essence of wholeness within an individual’s psyche. Through this exploration, we shed light on the bell’s pivotal role in profound psychological transformation.
KeyWords: bell, symbolism, wholeness, transformative journey, rebirth
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