Hot and cold are the polarities of temperature. Easy. But what is the value that polarizes into love and hate?
Life and death, anyone?
Polarities are all around us. Every value, attribute, or condition comes in pairs.
We have trained our minds to discern values and polarities in the external world – and its shaded expressions – since that is essential for survival and success. Different story for the internal world, for example, love and hate. This is the main reason why many enlightened experiences are ineffable – we simply lack the words.
The Inspiration and Enlightenment Workshop elaborates the Esprit value chain that polarizes into vitality and depression.
Creation proceeds from unity (being) to diversity (existence). Enlightenment proceeds from fragmentation back to union. Enlightenment is all about reunion, the reunion of fragmented sub-personalities, the reunion of personality with the higher self, and wisdom – the reconciliation of polarities.
How to measure progress? That’s where the reconciliation game comes in.
This is how you play the reconciliation game: Choose a pair of opposites and find its value. If there is no name for it, make one up. Why don’t you give love and hate a try? Or happiness and sadness? Or pleasure and pain?
A variant: Find the opposite polarity of a lonely attribute or condition. For example, what is the opposite of fear? It is not courage, because courage – facing what scares us – is the opposite of cowardice. The opposite of fear is …. drum roll …. rrrrrlllll … rrrrrlllll … mirth. You won’t fear what’s funny. 🙂
Enlightenment proceeds with the reconciliation of polarities. Higher states of mind and the union mentioned above brings about a fullness of reconciled opposites.
At long last and after much hard spiritual work, we arrive at the primordial polarity of existence. According to the Genesis, that is spirit (force) and water (substance). The Genesis doesn’t name the primordial value, but the Tree of Life does: Intention.
In the case of the Tree of Life, the mystery of reconciliation is the same as the mystery of daath. Daath, literally knowledge, is not a Sephirah, but a mid-point between two Sephiroth. There are many daaths on the Tree of life and you can play the reconciliation game there too. The main one rests between Chokmah (force) and Binah (substance).
Every time we reconcile, we gain knowledge. No union, no knowledge. Reconciliation is mental sex. Every new bit of knowledge comes with a little romance.
This game offers great practical value because we can, by a mere act of intention and/or creative imagination, transform a value’s polarity, for example, hate into love.
To destroy an undesirable rate of mental vibration, put into operation the Principle of Polarity and concentrate upon the opposite pole to that which you desire to suppress. Kill out the undesirable by changing its polarity. – The Kybalion
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Out of the primordial polarity of force and substance, the seven ancient creative forces emerge, which produce the external and internal world. These are their polarities:
- Life and death
- Peace and strife
- Wisdom and folly
- Fertility and sterility
- Wealth and poverty
- Grace and sin
- Dominion and slavery
May I challenge you to name their values?
The value of life and death is focus or attention. Surprise? That’s what your kids want most. Give your kids ample attention and they will thrive. Deprive them of attention and they will whither on the vine.
Every day, we have to strike a balance between ambition and benevolence. We need to succeed in the external world, but we also want to take care of our brothers and sisters in soul. What about treating every situation/thing/creature/human that comes into your field of influence with empathy, sympathy, and kindness and combine that with the strength of ambition?
Empowered kindness – what a magnificent value!
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