WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
Section III - Chapter 15 -- OPPOSITES
In the last chapter, I explained how thought patterns affect your behavior. I also showed you some diagrams which outlined specific models of behavior that control one's mental routines. If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that I never did say much about the 5th step of evaluation that is a major step prior to selection. That is because it is a transition step that combines all the elements of the learning process to the individual in a relationship of balance. That is, evaluation is a value process that assigns certain varying degrees of intensity or stimulates an act and/or end result. Again, this is either a conscious or subconscious intangible thought form that is dependent upon one's position within the learning triangle or the tetrahedron and this position depends upon one's consciousness knowledge of balancing physical reality and spiritual reality in both linear and non-linear time.
In order to explain this question of balance a little better, let me refresh your memory of our behavior diagrams. In diagram number one, I said that normal conscious behavior was affected by wants and needs, caused by actions and reactions to stimulus. In the modified behavior pattern, that step was replaced by preference regarding wants and needs which involves a more deliberate evaluation of a man's higher conscious nature. In the super-conscious behavior pattern, this step was listed as unity, which is the understanding of balancing needs and wants and the knowledge of conscious relationships in both linear and non-linear reality. In all of these instances, we are dealing with a matter of consciousness and balance or the ability to understand one's self and his environment through conscious recognition. That is, it is the ability to recognize the forces of energy and resistance and to act and/or react to a state of imbalance. The position or distance and the intensity or value of one's point of focus in relationship to the desired end results is the controlling factor of determining one's behavior and this must involve the question of conscious balance.
The ability to recognize imbalances determines how one behaves and is the most important factor that affects the way in which the individual makes his selections. That is, how one recognizes his self and his environment usually determines what his wants and needs are going to be. It is not a simple act of well defined limitations or beliefs, but is a continuous ongoing situation of shades of gray, so to speak, depending upon what you want to experience. You have a choice. You make your own reality. However, more often than not, you select patterns that you are familiar with; therefore, not being exposed or not possessing the knowledge of balance and unity, one normally seeks the world of physical matter and separation as that which is desired and is subconscious to one’s basic nature.
This last sentence is probably an understatement. It is so important, that I can't emphasize it enough. How you recognize your reality, makes the difference which determines your behavior and personality. Pattern recognition is what makes you behave the way you do and to select those actions above those of others. That is why life appears and/or can be predicted in a predestined manner. The thoughts patterns are there. They are intangible, but they are there just the same. You become attached to certain patterns and they have value to you; however and again, these intangible patterns have subconscious relationships depending upon how you attach the value or worth of the desired result and this is simply a matter of balance. That is, you can utilize energy and resistance in such a way as to achieve a physical tangible end result; however, when it comes to an intangible result or goal, the manifestation is more difficult to achieve and discern consciously.
If you are inclined to see the physical outside world of matter and use the physical senses of the body as the only sources from which to draw your limitations and beliefs, then that is what you are going to rely on and relate to. It is also then likely that you will surround yourself with tangible forms of energy or material wealth and possessions as your only proof of your reality and that will be just about all you will be consciously able to experience. That is, you will comfort yourself with that which is familiar to you and that comfort or familiarity will tend to limit your beliefs or define the parameters of your consciousness. All of these possessions then become symbols of your reality and you will actively seek these possessions or will be engaged in some form of behavior that is designed to bring you those symbols of your reality. In this case, you may become addicted to these symbols and this may cause you to see your reality as a matter of wants and needs that must be filled in order to be satisfied or happy. What is really happening is that you are limiting yourself and your beliefs and/or you are severely restricting your form of growth and expansion. In short, the beliefs of the individual must be balanced, even though they may not necessarily be based upon a sound or true basis of what life is all about. What that means is you cannot obtain wealth and happiness solely from material possessions.
It is a matter of one's environment and conscious recognition that controls and influences one's selections and consequently, one's behavior. What you think you may need or want, is not necessarily what you really need or want. It is only a matter of one's point of focus or balance within the learning triangle that determines how a person will act or react. This behavior is similar to how a weather system works in nature. That is, air movement is controlled by air pressure and the rules that govern physical reality say that the greater mass dominates and tries to fill the void of the lesser mass or pressure. The greater the mass difference, the faster the movement. Naturally, there are countless other examples I could have used; however, this one seemed simple and easy enough to understand. But, I just want you to know, there are all kinds of examples and comparisons happening out there in the outside world that is of great value in understanding the learning triangle. It's just a matter of your being conscious of it, recognizing it; and understanding the proper relationship. Nature is a great teacher.
Getting back to the subject at hand, I want to make sure that you are aware of the fact that if you use something that adds to or stimulates your being in a positive way, then that something creates or causes a want or need that can become a necessity should one want to avoid the unpleasantness of being without it. That is, certain tangible physical substances can be used by the individual that creates changes in one's mental and physical being and that causes a type of addiction problem based on pleasure or pain. Indirectly, you can call this a form of greed; however, once the changes take place, the individual becomes unconscious to the matter of balance and the need actually becomes a dependency. It is something that must be sought or else its absence causes discomfort and possibly, mental and physical subconscious reactions of an uncontrolled nature.
I suppose at this point, I should compare this problem of addiction to that fashionable subject of drugs and other substances that induce hallucinatory or altered states of being. If you recall, way back in Section II of this book, I spoke to you of two different classifications of people. These groups were either Dionysian or Apollian. The Dionysian were those people that actively sought the use of drugs and other substances that could eliminate the natural boundaries of separation between the physical and spiritual selves. It is also interesting to note that we still have this type of separation or classifications of people today, however, now it is more of a mixed environment and not an isolated culture. The characteristics of people really don't have much to do with our subject of balance, but it may indicate that people or groups of people may be becoming a little more balanced in their behavior patterns. I don't know if this is good or bad, but there does seem to be a trend toward a more diverse, tolerant, and separated people, based upon more common lines than existed before. That is, the group has grown bigger within and the divisions of people seem to be getting closer together or overlap more.
Again, I must beg your pardon for getting off the subject of balance, but perhaps this is another subconscious effort on my part to change the thought patterns or presentation of the information. It may not lend itself to easy reading and understanding; however, it sure does get one to think about balancing behavior patterns and relationships. In fact, perhaps the best way to explain about balance is strictly by example, so here it goes.
Let's talk about the simple act of walking. Easy enough you say. What can be so difficult about walking? Well, try to tell that to a new born just trying to walk for the first time. Man's first attempt at walking is an entertaining and hilarious act to behold. You might often wonder if the child will ever learn to walk and also wonder why he continues to persist on trying, considering all of the falls and negative feedback to the senses. I can't answer you why man does it, but I can explain and tell you how man learns to walk. It is simply a matter of control and balance.
Man learns how to walk by deliberately putting his physical body in a controlled a state of imbalance. By the use of energy and resistance, mainly in the form of contraction of muscles, man puts himself in an out of balance condition to that of the gravitational forces of the earth in a pattern or a controlled rate of fall. The amount of imbalance that is utilized by the individual determines the speed at which the individual travels, or gets from here to there. Interesting, isn't it? Walking is a controlled rate or pattern of fall or a designed condition of an unbalanced body in a controlled or balanced situation. Maybe there is a clue here.
Remember what we said about physical reality, way back there when we were talking about separation and unity. In order to have a physical manifestation, you must have a condition or the splitting of unity, which is an unbalanced condition. That is, in order to have something derived or created from nothing, you must have an unbalanced condition. Unity is an unlimited condition of everything and nothing, and in order to have that something, you must also do something else with that nothing. They are opposites of the same thing. You cannot have one without the other; however, you can have both if you know how to control the relationship or balance of the patterns. You can get here to there, not by walking, but by controlling your state of mind and tuning into that level of vibration which you want to experience. There are no barriers, except those that you want to see. You make your own reality.
Now I know that last statement is hard to relate to, even I have difficulty with that relationship. I understand it, but I have never experienced it; therefore, I find it difficult to believe and that doubt causes a barrier that I cannot yet penetrate. That may be the trouble with most people and this book. It makes logical sense, but we have never experienced nor heard of anyone who has managed to cross over the barriers of physical matter. Even if someone had been able to make this transition consciously and come back, would anyone actually believe him? I think the answer to that question might come out to 99.9 percent of the people would not believe him and that alone might account for no one admitting to such a feat. Again, that doesn't mean that it is impossible. It only means that most of the physical human beings on this planet are at the fourth level of development and are not yet ready to advance to the next higher level. That is, we are all still pretty well hung up on this thing called physical reality and/or matter and we can't recognize its opposite, and that's because no one has convinced us of its existence in terms that can be understood by people who are trapped in a pattern or physical manifestation form of separation. Why should we believe in something that we cannot see? What we cannot see can't hurt us, right?
How do I answer a question like that? I think I am my own worst enemy here. I suppose the best way to answer that question again is to continue my pattern of logic and let the book answer itself. That is, we have to continue on a path of growth that asks a lot of questions and deals with our current limitations that we now know are imperfect or incomplete. To be incomplete, means that we are out of balance. If we were complete, we would be in a state of balance and would not be seeking something else. Man is a restless creature and is constantly changing and creating that which is about him, in order to comfort himself and to provide for his wants and/or needs. Now, we have made a complete circle and have ended up with wants and needs again as a situation that is caused by a condition of imbalance. The only logical answer to our question of our physical reality must lie in an intangible spiritual reality or unity. That is, we must exist in a state of balance with a physical pattern or structure and to also exist as spirit, possibly during a period called sleep. There are just too many relationships, not to believe in a dual reality right here on earth.
Again, that might be interesting reading and great for party and late night conversations, but what about right here and now? What can I do now to put this theory or knowledge into practice? Well I guess that that is a tough question too. The simplest answer to that question is for you to become more conscious, but that is somewhat impractical. Consciousness involves the knowledge of unity which is intangible and hard to prove. The next best answer to know anything about unity is for you to look at physical reality and separation as a clue to what unity is all about. Separation involves opposites or extremes and by evaluating these opposites one can determine something about unity. Knowing the existence of opposites is the first step in becoming more conscious.
To help you on your way, let's look again at some more common uses or practical applications of this form of evaluation process known as balance. Remember in our diagrams, evaluation is the second conscious step in determining one's reality. It is a necessary step before our selection process and it is also a major factor in determining one's behavior. Evaluation is nothing more than a situation of determining balance, or how much energy to use in a relationship to a particular environment. It is fairly easy to determine or evaluate the application of energy where physical tangible matter is involved; however, it is a lot more difficult when it comes down to intangible thought forms, because intangible thought forms precede physical manifestations. Since this is the most difficult area to understand and discern, let's start here.
To begin this explanation, I would like to acknowledge and recommend another book called "Initiation", by Elizabeth Haich. Her book is considered occult or new age, but don't let that deter you. This is an interesting autobiography that involves mental growth and expansion beyond the limits of physical reality. Most of the following information is based upon Ms. Haich's description of mental enlightenment given to a privileged few, the initiators who sought their true origin and/or selves. The logic, beauty understanding, and love expressed in this book is well worth reviewing.
In Elisabeth Haich's book, "Initiation", she mentions twelve sets of opposites which you must learn to control or balance in order to improve yourself and your level of consciousness. I am not absolutely sure that this is all there is; however, they are so general, that they may in fact constitute the summation of all such intangible thought forms. In any case, let's review them for what they are worth. They are as follows:
keeping silent - talking
receptivity - resistance to influence
obeying - ruling
humility - self confidence
lightning-like speed - circumspection
to accept everything - to be able to differentiate
ability to fight - peace
caution - courage
to possess nothing - to command everything
to have no ties - loyalty
contempt for death - regard for life
indifference - love
Besides demonstrating the virtues of balance, these sets of opposites are also used by Ms Haich to demonstrate the verification of right and wrong actions, or in her words, what is divinely inspired and what is satanically evil or against the patterns or forces of God. Her explanations of opposites is solely for this purpose of defining what is right and wrong; however, I think it also serves my purpose to show the application of balance. Therefore, you get a two for one special of the day. The two applications are a good example of the close relationship of knowledge and possessions as well as inner content and outside appearances. That is, there is the knowing of the differences and the possessing of one form of manifestation over the other by understanding how the inner content will be manifested into physical reality.
In Ms. Haich's explanation of good and bad, she basically confirms my premise that there is no such thing as right and wrong per se, but only wrongly used characteristics and wrongly applied forces. She agrees with the old adage, that there is a time and place for everything. That is, everything is good and proper at the right time and place, but the same attributes expressed as good at one time, can be also considered bad, satanic or evil, at another time or wrong time or place.
Interesting enough, we are again confronted with the question of location and/or position. I think this book is trying to tell us something. I keep talking about position and point of focus both on a conscious and subconscious level. Which is still abstract and difficult to relate to or recognize, but at the same time it is a point or that part of us which is indestructible and intangible. It is the essence of who and what we are. I don't think anyone, including myself, can describe this as anything other than being. This is a point from which all else radiates outward until it encounters physical reality or resistance. It is the infinite source of our own creativity and that is why we make our own reality. But, it may also exist or be some point in the future and that is why it may be indestructible.
Let's get back to our intangible sets of opposites. The first set is that of keeping silent and that of talking. I believe everyone can relate to the virtues of saying the right thing at the right time, as well as the absence of saying nothing when something can be said. In the latter situation, there is a slang expression for saying something at the wrong time. It is said or called, "Putting your foot in your mouth". In certain situations, this can be a lot more serious than this play on words indicates. Also, if we talk at the wrong time and place, such speech can be satanic chatter or gossip. On the other hand, if we remain silent when someone is in danger for his life or being accused of something that is not true, then this silence would also be considered satanic. Therefore, you see, there is a need for balance and the understanding of differences and their proper use and/or place or position.
The next set of opposites are that of receptivity and the resistance to influence. This is more than difficult to explain, because here we are dealing with the thought of higher consciousness, the mind and one's inner content. That is, we should be receptive to everything which is based upon higher vibrations and God, but we should not be receptive or impressionable to those thought forms lower than ourselves. I think that what is meant here is that we should stand up for what we believe and yet, be open to understanding and capable of making those changes to those thought forms which are not based upon our own inner convictions. The expression of balance here is in the idea that there are certain forces that are manifested solely as an extension of man and that he requires that certain things be done, in order to create an orderly society; therefore, man should know the differences and, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's", or at least to know the difference.
I find it a little difficult to distinguish much of a difference between the next two sets of opposites and the last two. These two, obeying and ruling are similar to receptivity and the resistance to influence, except that these two are concerned more with tangible physical actions than the latter two which are more intangible actions. We are again confronted with the need to appeal to our own higher consciousness or God, to determine when to obey and when to rule. We have a responsibility to do both, but not at the same time nor always in similar circumstances. It is believed that man can recognize God's will by seeking agreement or balance within himself; however, you would be greatly helping yourself by being conscious of the two extremes or opposites. These are; that you should not obey someone or something that is against your convictions for reason of cowardice, fear, material advantages, personal gain, or merely wanting to be a supposedly good and easy kind of going person. The other situation or condition is the knowledge or learning of your abilities and the matter or problem at hand and/or the other people involved. That is, you know how to defend yourself or survive by yourself and should be able to do the same for a group of people in a similar condition or a situation with which you are familiar. Ruling is a form of universal love, guidance and the ability to unite, all the forces with that particular group of people toward their general well being, without infringing upon their rights of self determination. The knowledge and balancing of the patterns of obeying and ruling are necessary to higher consciousness.
The opposites of humility and self confidence must also be learned in a proper balance. Humility deals with the knowing that you are but a part of the whole; therefore, one reflects or normally assumes an attitude and/or posture of being less than that to which you are relating to, be it another person or other physical manifestations of matter. While having this knowledge of yourself, one should never subordinate one's self to lesser earthly forms of manifestations, to do so would be a sign of weakness, cowardice and satanic. Whereas, self confidence is the knowing that God dwells within you and he is giving you the strength and knowing abilities to accomplish those tasks which are before you. An unbalanced condition of self confidence or extreme is the thinking that you are solely responsible for yourself. Here, one usually gets carried away with one's own importance or greatness and has visions of his own self above all else. The syndrome of grandeur and greatness surrounds his waking moments, because the world cannot do without him, he is indispensable.
The opposites of lightning-like speed and circumspection seem to deal with the element of time, but it too, has to do with one's state of consciousness. That is, if one is not paying attention to the matter at hand, one's actions or reactions will definitely be affected by one's point of focus or element of recognition. When you can act at a moment’s notice, with complete concentration and presence of mind , then you are definitely at a level of higher consciousness and can exceed the limits of time. To act out of haste without regards for all others and all else or without the presence of mind, so to speak, is an unbalanced condition and considered satanic. On the other hand, circumspection is the understanding and controlling of one's point of focus. That is, before acting, one must learn to control the physical being so as not to fulfill an emotionally induced act strictly for one's own self gratification. To properly reach a right decision, one must recognize the will of God, and not Caesar's. But it is equally wrong or opposite and considered satanic to dwell on a matter and not reach a decision for whatever reason, or lack of reason it might be.
To accept everything and to differentiate are the next set of opposites. Before we can explain this set, we must first say that one's worth is not determined by external circumstances or material possessions, but by the degree to which one manifests God. All the degradations or humiliations cannot destroy or reduce one's inner values, nor can all the wealth and praise, raise one's inner values. All endeavors are but a means to an end; therefore, one should learn to accept everything. However, one should also know or differentiate when to defend himself and values against undue or unjust malice. To accept everything must not be allowed to degenerate into apathy, indifference or a cowardly lack of character. Yet, one must also know, understand and to balance acceptance with the ability to differentiate and distinguish that which is a positive form of manifestation from that which is negative. Unless one knows the differences, one cannot exist in a state of separation or physical reality.
This next set of opposites, the ability to fight and its opposite peace, must be treated with extreme caution. That is, humans know all too well the ability to fight and too little about peace. Please do not take this explanation as an endorsement that physical fighting is acceptable, because no act of violence is justified for whatever reason, if physical harm is incurred in some way, shape, or form. However, the message here is that you should be able to stand up and fight with all of your energy with the weapons of truth whenever necessary. This does not necessarily mean with physical objects of matter. Taken to the extreme, this willingness to fight should never degenerate into stupid quarreling to gain some form of advantage over your fellow man. Above all, remember that your fighting must be with the aid of your higher consciousness and the spiritual weapons of unity for the ability to restore peace. Also, you must balance this intangible pattern with that of peace and to seek unity and harmony in a world based upon separation. But, your love of peace must not be allowed to turn into cowardly submission for expedience sake or not wanting to fight or engage in conflict.
Caution and courage are the next set of opposites. In order to be a useful coworker or member in a society, one must learn the values of caution. That is, you can save yourself and your fellow man a great deal of physical harm and/or pain by the proper use and exercising the knowledge and balance of caution. But this caution should not be abused as to turn into a form of cowardice from fear or the lack of self confidence. Caution must be balanced with courage. You must actively seek out the power of courage to face the difficult challenges or tasks set before you and selected by you in your daily encounters. You must learn the proper use of energy in its many forms and patterns and to be self sufficient and to defend yourself against unwarranted attacks or accusations based upon unfounded truths. However, this active position of being right must not deteriorate into an unbalanced extreme of daredevil recklessness for one's physical sensations or stimulations.
When we discussed the concept of unity in an earlier chapter, we talked about the opposites of everything and nothing. This set of opposites also applies to man. On one side, you really possess nothing, because everything is a manifestation of God. You only have temporary use of this energy form and everything there is; therefore, you must use what you receive and pass along the rest. If you live by a stream of water, or abundance, you may use what is available to you, but you must let the rest pass you by and not stop it from someone else. You can use only so much and will receive according to your needs and your tasks before you. You need not worry about it. It will be there. But, this positive attitude must never turn into contempt for material things or not caring for one's self and letting others support you and your physical needs.
You must balance out your own needs and depend on yourself so that you can appreciate the use of your own energies or efforts. You must learn to respect matter and deal with it effectively, not without it, and not against it. You should try to acquire what you need, because it is necessary to sustain one's physical being and you must be free to pursue that which life in this reality has to offer. Therefore, you must acquire or possess matter, hold it, master it, and use it wisely, or you will be unable to carry out your earthly tasks independently and freely. If you don't, you will be at the mercy of earthly powers and under the control of others and/or victims of your own environment or selections. At the opposite extreme, you don't want this command of everything to deteriorate into the selfish act of greed or possessing material wealth of things for one's own self exclusively.
The next set of opposites is that of, to have no ties and that of loyalty. As a matter of balance, you must not allow yourself to be attached or attracted to that of another person strictly based upon what that other person can give you both mentally and physically. You must learn to distinguish the differences in the various levels of vibration within everyone and to recognize that which is of negative resistance and/or growth forms. Consequently, you must understand that you must be able to leave without delay, the person(s) you love most, whenever the task before you demands it. To help ease this form of separation, you must try to realize that the loveable characteristics to which you are attached or attracted to in another, are given to them by God, not the person himself. All those other people including yourself, are but an instrument for the manifestation of God; therefore, you can find these characteristics in all peoples of the world. If you love God in everyone, then you will not be attached to anyone and you will be able to distinguish the conscious difference. However, this knowledge of oneness or unity must never be allowed to turn into indifference or apathy as we spoke of earlier in the modified and super-conscious behavior pattern diagrams.
We will also talk about indifference again shortly in another capacity. But in this case, one should be able to recognize God's manifestations and to work with and be loyal to those who express God's will. This loyalty must not be allowed to turn into a cult for a person or persons or for personal glorification. Loyalty must not degenerate into complete obedience or other forms of worship. You should strive to bring people to their highest spiritual level without self glorification, but with the knowledge of humility that will not degenerate into personal self underestimating or self destruction. You must carry your worth as a human being. Loyalty should be expressed by some form of attention, but must not be all confining or the sole purpose of one's existence.
The contempt for death and the regard for life are the next set of opposites. Although life is our present point of focus and dominates our every conscious moment in this reality, one must also achieve a complete disregard for death. That is, one must understand that the physical body is but a shell which must be cast off or aside like a piece of clothing, in order for the being inside to grow and progress in his journey back to his origin. The living self is but a branch in the tree of life and life is immortal. Consequently, whenever your tasks bring you face to face with mortal danger, you must realize that you are or your body is but a part of you, or extension of you, and is not the total unlimited you; therefore, you should be able to encounter such a confrontation without fear or question of concern. But this knowledge of one's being should not be turned into disrespect for life. You must appreciate physical life while you exist in this state of separation. Life is a learning experience which teaches you the proper use and exercise of energy. You must try to live every moment to its fullest and experience all that is available to you in this plane of existence. But this joy of living should not become an end in itself or above all else and turn into the lust for physical sensations and life eternal.
Our last set of opposites is that of love and indifference. I have said something about this subject before. I expect to say something about these opposites now, but I expect to devote an entire chapter to this subject later on, because it is so very much misunderstood by my fellow man. Unlike our other sets of opposites, these two represent an inseparable unit right here on earth. That is, whenever you have manifested one, the other is automatically manifested. That is why this set of opposites is so important that I cannot adequately describe them here, but I will try to relate this set of opposites to the subject at hand and just touch upon those things which are pertinent.
Basically, what I am trying to convey here is that you must give up your personal point of focus, inclinations, and feelings, and learn to love everything and everyone without distinction or discrimination, just as God loves and manifests himself in everything and everyone. Just as the sun shines, love should be impartial and shared, and experienced by all. This impartial love is the most important and perfect form of love of all and yet, it must be indifferent to everything and everyone. That is, you must learn to love with an equal balance for all, no matter what one's relationship is with those involved with you. It is only when you learn and fully understand and believe in unconditional love that all the world will change. It is only then that you will become fully conscious and you will never again be the same. When this truth is learned and expressed, your impartial love will literally radiate from you to all creatures of the universe in a more positive, creative manner and will never again be mixed with personal inclinations or antipathies.
When you understand unity, you will begin to understand this kind of love. You will also be able to consciously position yourself above separation and will consider everything from the standpoint of the whole; consequently, you will be able to view conflicting interests of those about you who are involved in dissension and possible hostilities with impartiality. This vantage point or position will give you the ability to determine the collective needs of all, or that which benefits the needs of society. But this disregard for the interests of the minority individuals directly involved must never be based upon personal antipathy. That is, you must be able to objectively be indifferent to those nearest and dearest to you, if they select those actions which are satanic or self fulfilling, rather than reflect the will of God, it is better for a person to suffer material or physical ruin, even death, than to lose his soul. God doesn't meddle in the affairs of man, then why should you? You should be observant enough to know when something must be done to correct a problem affecting society. Balance and patterns must be maintained in a world based upon separation and free will, and you must never use force to change that which is created without just compensation and must be carried out impartially and fairly.
Should personal interests of the individuals involved be a major problem, then you must encourage these people to seek guidance and direction from within. Give them time and request that they seek a possible alternative or solution to the problem. If they are conscious enough, they will find an answer. Also, if they should seek help from among their fellow man, these people should not allow personal indifference or apathy to dominate thoughts or passion for this matter at hand. They should lend a hand and do everything that is within their earthly powers to help relieve the imbalance. You should not compel anybody to do anything by force. You must consider their physical and spiritual well being. Guide them, teach them, and support them. You must never be indifferent and scorn them, for this is a negative form of energy which, if carried to its extreme, will manifest itself into separation or hate. Hate is an extreme condition of indifference and is a destructive form of energy that interferes with man's growth process and should be avoided whenever possible in constructive endeavors. Again, divine unconditional love will direct you to the proper form of thought and actions on any issue.
The form of universal unconditional love is the hardest pattern for man to recognize and understand and is often confused with another form of love which we will discuss later. It is the hardest, because you must give up something in order to attain it. You must give up your imbalance and comfort that is associated or relative to a state of separation. The stability of pattern recognition in a finite or limited reality is a difficult force to change, once it is established and becomes a possession and/or part of one's beliefs. Again, man likes to surround himself with that which is familiar and comfortable or recognizable. He likes to limit himself so he creates barriers to channel and direct himself to a desired end result or limit. Unconditional love has no limits; therefore, it is somewhat out of the ordinary and does not fit the normal recognizable pattern of physical reality. Unconditional love requires a person to use all of his resources and to draw upon his inner spiritual self, or higher consciousness and expect nothing in return for his efforts.
Before we finish with our twelve sets of opposites and about love and indifference, I want to explain something else that affects all of these opposites. There exists in man, two forms of himself. We have talked about this before as his physical being and his spiritual being. We have also said that man dwells in a state of separation and associates with his physical being while on this earthly plane. Mentally, this position in physical reality is known as the little "I", or me, point of focus. Its opposite extreme is known as the true or big "I". There is give and take between these opposites and their difference seems to be indistinguishable by the average person, but there is a difference.
When we talk about an opposite position or giving up something, what we are really talking about is this close affiliation with the "me" part of our being. That part which identifies with our earthly being and other manifested forms in relation to the physical senses. We are asking that you rid yourself of that extreme form which is you and to seek a higher or more conscious form of yourself. The "me" form of your being, is not in balance with your all or total self; rather, it seeks the comfort of tangible outside forms of energy that are expressed in an outward direction only. The big "I" is a much more balanced and is the unlimited part of your being that is more conscious and therefore, more capable of knowing and dealing with the "me"; whereas, the "me" doesn't even know the big "I" exists. That is the difference that consciousness makes in one's life.
It is only when you have learned and used the previous eleven sets of opposites, will you begin to understand the twelfth set of love and indifference. Then and only then will you have reached a position within you that true recognition takes place. It is when you become conscious of your higher self will you be able to recognize the inner voice of God so clearly as to be in complete unison with his and your own true wishes. The twelve sets of opposites set the limiting extremes and are the guidelines that will bring you closer to understanding yourself. They also provide the balance that is needed to make you become more conscious and free of the artificial limitations of wants and desires imposed by an imbalance and the position of the "me" in physical reality. The twelfth set is the understanding of perfect, universal, unconditional, love. This is a form or pattern that can stand by itself. It is an inseparable unit that is manifested right here on earth as a true balance in itself.
We are not done with the concept of separation and opposites; however, for now we are only talking about balance and these sets of opposites serve as markers or guidelines for this physical reality. These intangible limiting extremes serve to direct an individual and help him seek a path or journey in the direction of unity. There is more to this concept of separation and opposites than meets the eye, but you must first learn to recognize and understand this concept before you can control yourself and to use the laws of separation effectively. Whenever and whatever you do, you are affected by these laws and you must recognize and work with them and not against them, if you wish to accomplish that which you have set out to do.
Before one can accomplish something new, you must start by looking around you and begin to see reality for just what it is. Physical reality is based upon separation. This separation is also found in the mental processes and is a manifestation of the mental processes itself. These manifestations are then transposed into physical reality and eventually, they find themselves manifesting into group behavior patterns. Like our example of a boat in water, we are making waves in our progress or journey to our origin. To achieve something, another form or force is created and is manifested in a series of events that add to our world of cause and effect; therefore, balance and care should be exercised whenever and wherever possible. You make your own reality, but you also affect the reality of everyone else and that is society or our fourth growth pattern in addition to mental, physical and spiritual growth that we talked about earlier in this book.
With an increased number of spirits entering the realm of physical reality, or as the population increases, the need for balance becomes more important and more noticeable. I am referring mainly to our present problems of pollution confronting our world today. This is a popular issue that everyone seems to talk about now, but few people do anything about it, unless it directly affects their well being. Apparently, physical tangible needs are put above or before the more intangible qualities that life has to offer. This problem of pollution is further complicated by old patterns or routines that have to do with our values and/or monetary system.
What I am referring to here is the relationship of tangible money to that practice commonly referred to a deficit spending and/or credit. Both of these problems are beautiful examples of imbalance at work in the tangible and intangible forms that reality takes. I don't propose to offer a solution to these problems here, but I wish to merely mention two current problems that directly affect our existence. These are problems that are prominent in our world today, because they have a cause and effect relationship which too few people have taken into consideration, either now, before, and in the foreseeable future. They are the waves which will rock everyone's boat and may possibly erode and interfere with our journey.
Although man has free will and he makes his own reality, nothing ever happens in this physical reality without a cause. Events are linked in a never ending continuum or continued relationship of all that was before and all that will follow in a direct and indirect relationship based upon cause and effect. Just as you have two parents, you must have four grandparents, eight great grandparents, sixteen great, great grandparents, etc. I think you get the drift. Man is free, but bound by necessities and the restrictions that he places upon himself and the laws of physical reality. Therefore, although you make your own reality, there are certain things you must know about your reality in order to control it. You are free to do and act as you please, or do just what you want to do, but you must also know and understand that there is a cause and effect relationship of all of your actions, and what causes you to select one thing over another is this thing called balance or the evaluation process. In order to be totally free, you must learn to control the will and not the wants and desires. The wants and desires are only a cause of an imbalance due to physiological needs, emotional feelings and environmental suggestions of associations, or other outside influences of others in a direct relationship to one's position.
The purpose of this chapter is to bring you aware of the existence of opposites which is the basis for this reality, or the causes that happen in this reality. By being conscious of opposites one can begin to understand why one does what he does and to possibly be in control of his wants, or at least know why he wants. The next step is to be consciously in control of his wants and not the other way around. This is the knowledge of the law of opposites and how they can be used to overcome each other and controlled. This is the beginning of using one law against another to overcome a condition that does not serve your best interests or the interests of others. Instead of being a pawn in a game of chess or life, you will become a mover, in control of the game similar to rock, scissors, and stone.
There is no number greater than one.
You can have multiples or fractions of one,
but one is a complete unit that stands alone.
Indestructible and integral in all things.
It is the flower of understanding
It is the link that builds bridges of thought.
It is the recognizer, recognizing itself with recognition.
It is the consciousness of pure energy and universal unconditional love.
One is the reason and purpose of communications.
The need and desire of two to form a common union of one.
Communion of thought of many into the consciousness of unity.
As it was in the past, it shall be in the future.