This affect is both mind-felt and heart-felt.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg bells (and their sounds) symbolize a heavenly communication passing down to us on earth. Bells suggest the presence of something important to our lives and that our attention is being called on.
This symbolism is manifested by the fact that churches placed their bells high up at the top of their steeples (to be closer to heaven).
This symbolism is even extended to the types of metal that the bells are made from—with gold representing the highest understanding of God’s heavenly love and innocence.
Bells do get our attention. May all bells—every time you hear them—assist in your contemplation of what is most important to you in this spiritual season!