Symbolism has long been used by humanity to communicate ideas which are best crystallised in a compact form.

As the well-known saying goes, a picture tells a thousands words!

Today the all-seeing eye is more likely to be seen as an “Illuminati” symbol of control and surveillance by elites who to a large degree run the show on this planet at this time.

This is because, over time, dark sinister forces have taken over esoteric symbols that for thousands of years were used to convey positive, helpful, uplifting spiritual messages and principles.

It was originally symbolic of a higher spiritual power or God, a watchful caretaker of humanity or an awakened spiritual part within.

But these days it has quite different associations.

In this way it is a “creative destruction” of evil to transform it into higher consciousness.

Even in modern times, the eye of Shiva is used in jewellery to give protection against evil to its wearer and to gain wisdom and understanding from the world, from life events and from the self, for positive transformation.

The eyes are also known as the eyes of wisdom and compassion.

Statues of Buddha typically show a dot in the mid-brow to represent the third eye.

In Buddhism, Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World.

It is typical for temples in Nepal to display a graphic of the “Eyes of Buddha” as shown to the right – notice it includes a mark for the “third eye” as well.

Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence?