The Spiritual Meaning Behind ‘Casting Your Net To The Right Side To Catch Fish’

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, The Bible is often misunderstood as a literal story.

The Bible is not to be taken literally – it is full of metaphors and parables. As Jesus said himself:

“Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand” Matthew 13:13

In this post, I will explain the deeper hidden meaning behind ‘casting your net to the right side’

First of all, it is important to note that the ‘fish’ in mythology is a symbol of spirituality.

In John 21, Peter and the disciples go fishing, but they can’t catch anything. Because they are casting their net to the left side of the ship.

The following morning, Jesus arrives, and ask if they have caught anything, to which they reply no.

Jesus then advises them to cast their net to the right side of the ship.

They then struggle to haul it in because there are so many fish…

Here is in the KJV scripture and I will explain the meaning behind the left and right side afterwards,

In John 21:6

[3] Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.[4] But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.[5] Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.[6] And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

Why did Jesus tell them to cast their nets to the right side?

The brain has two hemispheres, the left and right side. You may have heard of people being ‘left brained’ and ‘right brained’

The left hemisphere is the physical side – it is responsible for things such as language, numbers, and analytical thinking. It is the side that focuses on the things we can touch and see. The ‘black and white’ of reality.

The right hemisphere is the spiritual side – it is responsible for things such as expression, emotional intelligence and imagination. The things beyond that which we can touch and see. The mysteries of life, the wonders of creativity and the world beyond the physical.

So when Peter and the disciples went fishing (translated: trying to connect with spirituality and God)

They were casting their nets to the left side of the boat (translated: they were looking for spirituality and God using the left side of the brain)

Jesus then came to tell them to ‘cast their nets to the right side’ (translated: he told them to use the right side of their brain instead if they want to find spirituality and God)

The message the Bible was trying to tell us is that the workings of the God and the complexities of the spiritual world are not something we can ever truly understand with science and academic books (things the left side of the brain uses to break down the reality of the world), we can only ever truly start to understand it by using our intuition and inner guidance (the things that the right side of the brain is responsible for).

Thus, you must ‘cast your net to the right side if you want to catch fish’

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