It’s endless. It
doesn’t grow or
shrink. It’s limitless.
It can’t be destroyed.
be added or subtracted
… It simply is.
The symbol remains deeply connected to balance and
harmony, according to Heider-Rauter, who uses it much
like the yin-yang symbol to balance opposing forces. “To
be in harmony is a big part of walking the spiritual path,”
she says. “I was familiar with the infinity symbol from
early childhood thanks to my grandmother, and I felt a
calling to write about it. Working with the symbol helps
to balance male and female, hot and cold, day and night.”
In a world where we’re taught to see some things
as good and others as bad, the power of the infinity
symbol is that it helps us go beyond such simplistic
classifications and instead to reach into the paradox
of accepting and embracing duality, she
explains. In the spiritual world,
making a step into oneness
and connection means
beginning to move
beyond an either/or,
“It has nothing
to do with
religion,” Heider-Rauter notes.
the symbol, by
it with your
finger in the
air, can begin to
shift the energy
of an experience or
a relationship.” She
emphasizes that the aim
should not be to change
others, but instead to find
more harmony, love, and peace
Infinity takes us beyond anything knowable on
earth. Nothing here lasts forever and as human
beings, we experience constant change—from birth
to midlife and then into old age and finally death.
The mind knows nothing about the infinite, but the
soul certainly does, and contemplation of the infinity
symbol points to this. It hints at cycles, at ebbs and
flows, at movement, while at the same time being
constant and immutable.
Heider-Rauter encourages people to contemplate the
symbol and work with it to discover the powers it holds.
“It’s experiential,” she says, assuring that such work can
An In itation to Embrace Duality
transform people on a cellular level. “We’re very used to
seeing the 8 symbol. It doesn’t matter if it’s horizontal or
vertical,” she says. “The mind initially dismisses it, thinking,
I know that, so it’s no big deal. But as soon as you start to use
it, you’ll discover how it really can make a difference.”
The extremes of duality can become especially apparent
in relationships. Heider-Rauter draws parallels between
the infinity symbol and the Celtic wedding tradition of
tying the wrists of two partners together with a ribbon.
The weaving of the ribbon around the wrists looks like the
Going Beyond the Finite
infinity symbol and represents the union of opposites.
Drawing on the symbol for inspiration in
daily life supports healthy, balanced
with healthy boundaries. Heider-
Rauter guides readers to wear
depictions of the symbol or
to imagine it during the day,
allowing it to inspire you to
create more harmony and
to step beyond duality
of “me and mine” into
the terrain of oneness.
After all, taking this
challenging step into
oneness is, of course, the
ultimate aim of spiritual
seeking—to not only know
but to also experience that we
are all divine and that we are
one with all that is.
To work with a relationship using
the infinity symbol, Heider-Rauter
suggests putting your name in one loop of
the symbol and the other person’s name in the
other half. Then imagine energy circulating around the
symbol as you allow yourself to feel into the experience.
“Have fun with it,” she advises, and make working with the
symbol in whatever way that calls to you a daily practice.
As spiritual seekers, we hear about the infinite Divine, the
Source, as Eternal, but from a physical-world perspective,
almost nothing in our experience prepares us for grasping
the mind-blowing concept of infinity. From dawn to dusk,
day in and day out, we’re reminded of the ephemeral.
Nothing remains the same.