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Sides to a Salmon

One may assess salmon sides metaphorically. The salmon serves to suggest inner sides to the human being.

Figurative salmon


  1. SPIRIT. The salmon's tail is the divine side - die Göttlichkeit of some German mystics. In step with that, the high and lofty salmon's tail may inhabit eternity and be greater than anything else -
  2. HEART. The middle section is your interior heart and the seat of art and confluent thinking, largely. Have your heart with you wherever you go -
  3. PSYCHE. The psyche is the salmon's head. Through perceptions you experience the outer world and encounters there.

The danger field is the outer world. And that's it.

The overall shape of the vertically tilted salmon relates to levels of human beings as they are categorised and made use of in a book on radionics. (Tansley 1977, 27). Tansley starts on what is presented as the top level, a monadic egg, which is a spirit form, a pure spirit. It is the microcosmic absolute intelligence and prepares for love and wisdom.

Vehicles of the monad downwards are the following casings, or "balloons", or spheres, the subtler penetrating grosser ones.

  1. Atmic: Spiritual nature. Synthetic principle. Domain of will.
  2. Buddhic: Intuition, pure reason, wisdom level over causal level, and love.
  3. Causal, egoic:
  4. Mental: (a) Abstract mind, higher mind (manas), Pure mind. Higher mind. Intelligence nature, Activity. (b) Concrete mind, lower mind.
  5. Emotional (astral) desire-body
  6. Vitality, prana
  7. Etheric
  8. Dense physical body

Back to the figurative salmon, starting from the top:

  • The inmost side of a salmon is balloon-like, a sphere with subtle boundaries, as suggested by 'soul, spirit, Atman. This refers to what is called the essential unit of a human. The will and wise reasoning of the salmon are subtle sides to it.
  • Some talk of a causal level that appears to veil the soul - the Vedantic concept karana sarira. It includes the sense of ego, and stands for the "innermost subtle body that veils the soul".
  • The mind of the salmon contains what it thinks about, for example "Food! Food!"
  • Its feeling level has to do with what the salmon loves and hates and so on to the degree it does such things.
  • Its vitality aspects are seen in how good it is at flopping and wriggling - such life outlets.
  • The etheric field is what makes it sense the surroundings it is adapted to pretty well.
  • The dense physical body is like the skin of the salmon mouth.

Refinements of salmonist thinking are exposed by text and a Buddhist map of inner states presented by Daniel Goleman in a comparative book, The Varieties of the Meditative Experience (1975).

A poetic salmon story

The 'Salmon of Knowledge' in some Celtic stories (Irish: bradán feasa) is a creature that the small, mischievous sprite-like druid and poet Finn Eces spent seven years to catch before he got it (It was not wise enough to stay uncaught). Finn gave the salmon to his servant Fionn mac Cumhaill, and told him to cook it but not eat any of it.

Fionn cooked the salmon, turning it over and over, but he happened to touch the fish with his thumb and burnt his finger on a drop of hot cooking fish fat. Fionn sucked on his finger to ease the pain, without knowing that all of the salmon's wisdom had been concentrated into that one drop of fish fat.

When he brought the cooked meal to Finn Eces, his master saw that the boy's eyes shone with a previously unseen wisdom. Finn Eces thought that Fionn had received the wisdom of the salmon, so he gave him the rest of the fish to eat too.

Throughout the rest of his life, Fionn could draw on his salmon knowledge by putting his thumb to the tooth that had first tasted the salmon, and this allowed Fionn to become the leader of the famed heroes of Irish myth.

In the most popular account of Fionn's death, he is not dead at all, but sleeps in a cave, and will awake and defend Ireland in the hour of her greatest need. (WP, "Salmon of Knowledge;" "Fionn mac Cumhaill")

A salmon like that the one who changed Fionn, is quite something to adjust to, and so might nightly dreams be if they stem from that source.

1 - Fishes

There are many fishes in the sea. Certain things that are hard to detect are hard to describe.

2 - A long life - beware

Victims and others who get swindled and ensnared may not have a lot of nice days ahead, taking into account that a long life may come with a price . . .

3 - The life and its means

Find often means to rest well.

The body-and-mind receives its life from within somehow (too). Atman (spirit, soul), is explained as the source of what Germans call Atem, with is breath. Some teach ways to tap that inner source. Many names are used to say something meaningful (?) about it. We may influence the life in us by "the kind of life we lead," writes Niranjanananda in Prana and Pranayama [2009:4].


Salmonlike, salmonism, Literature  

Goleman, David. The Varieties of the Meditative Experience. London: Rider, 1975.

Niranjanananda, Swami. Prana and Pranayama. Munger, Bihar: Yoga Publications Trust, 2009.

Tansley, David. Dimensions of Radionics. Bradford, UK: Health Science, 1977.

Harvesting the hay

Symbols, brackets, signs and text icons explained: (1) Text markers(2) Digesting.

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