is dual; everything has poles;
everything has its pair of
opposites; opposites are
identical in nature, but different
in degree; extremes
meet; all truths are but half
How many opposites can you think of?
Here a partial list:
speed up/slow down
truth/a different truth
planes of being
Most dualities have a
middle ground where the opposite
ends blend. For example,
hot and cold have warm in the
opposites like pregnant/not pregnant
have no middle ground.
Is there anything in
life that has only one side?
Can you know left without
right; hard without soft; or beauty
Think of all those
things that, at first glance, seem
to be so different. Are
they actually different, or do they,
like wet and dry, meet and blend
somewhere in the middle? Where
does night end and day begin?
Is there a dividing line hiding
somewhere between high and low?
When hot meets cold, how does one
become the other?
Are these things
really different or are they merely
opposites poles of the same thing?
Their differences are real.
So is their unity. They're
Notice that we could only see their
unity by expanding our consciousness
to see things like hot and cold from
a bigger / more-inclusive
What would life be
like if we expanded our
perspectives, and expanded our
belief systems? What if
we let go of knowing everything?
What if we shifted from being
close-minded to being open to
If we approached the world from this
expanded perspective, what other
seeming opposites would also show up
as also a unity?
As an exercise, begin
looking for things, situations, and
circumstances that seem to be
opposites or completely unrelated.
Pick two seemingly completely
unrelated things and find out how
and why they're both part of the
Here's an example:
called football and
seem to be totally unrelated, but
are they really separate or is their
intimate relationship something we
are simply not yet aware of?
Lets examine some of the evidence.
Without light bulbs,
football, as we know it, would not
exist. Without light
bulbs, there would be no huge
football stadiums, no TV broadcasted
games, no videos about football to
watch, no nighttime football.
The only people who could see a
football game would be the people
sitting on the sidelines in daytime
games. Without light
bulbs, the only football games you
could watch would be those you could
reach the playing field by walking
or on horseback.
The bottom line
is that everything
intimately interconnected to
Everything, including you and me are
all part of a
grand unified whole.
Imagine for a moment
that your mother arrived at Plymouth
Rock in 1620 and you were born in
America in 1622. What
would your life have been like?
Compare that to your life today.
Your life today is a function of the
creations of billions of humans
dating all the way to back before
the birth of the grandmother of the
person who invented the wheel.
In the world of
duality, nothing is as it appears to
(Everything is in a
context, but that's another story
for another day.)
Everything always exist in relation
to it's opposite,
an opposite that
we are often unaware of.
For example, is any man completely
Is any woman
Where is big without little?
Where is up without down?
Are all truths actually only partial
Is anything ever
complete, or is there always more to
What about all
those things you are so sure about?
Are you certain that you know the
Points of View:
Let's look at the concept
of perspective (one's point of view) for a moment and see if
the truth we believe in could have an opposite pole -- to see if there could be more than one version of
something that appears to us to be the complete truth. For example,
from how many points of view can can you see something as simple
as a dot of light? You look at
the dot and say, "One! I see it plainly right
here in front of me. It's a dot of light and
only a dot of light."
is it? There are usually several different
mental points of view (beliefs about something) that give
the same thing (or event) several different meanings, and
there are countless different physical perspectives
(different places from which to look at a physical
object) Let's take a physical ride and see what
differences one's viewing position can have upon the
perception of something that seems to be a simple dot of
Not-So-Simple Train Ride:
yourself riding in the caboose (the last car) of a train
with two friends. You are lying on the floor looking
up when you notice a dot of light above you. You point to the
dot and say to your friend who is
sitting with his (her) back against the side of the train
car, "What's that?" He looks to where
you are pointing and says it's a vertical
line with a dot moving up and down from one end to the
first you think he's crazy because you see only a dot, but
he sounds so sure of himself that you roll over to
him, sit up beside him, and look at the dot from
his perspective. Sure enough, you see the line
and the dot just as he described it to you.
let's add a second line and dot to our imaginary
journey. Pretend that you and your friend are now sitting
at the side of the railcar looking at two vertical
lines, each line with a dot
in it that is moving up and down along the line from one end
of the line to the
curiosity inspires you to move back to the place on the
floor where you were lying when you saw the first dot of
light. You look again at the two
lines. The one you first noticed, looks like the
dot you saw before, but the other one looks like a
horizontal line with a dot in it. The dot
appears to be moving along the line, first toward one side
of the rail car and then toward the other in a rhythmic
pattern. You wonder, how a vertical line could
became a horizontal line? You move back to the side
of the car and look again. From there, you see
the image as two vertical lines and the two
your other friend, has been standing looking out the back
of the train watching the scenery. You call to him,
and as he turns, you point to the two lines and ask, "What do you see?" He says,
"I see a circle with a dot moving around the
circle. Beneath the circle there's a straight,
vertical line with a dot moving up and down along the line."
can that be?" you say. "We see only two vertical
lines." After a moment, you both get up and go to the back of the car, and from there you see exactly what
your friend described.
this point, you hear the sound of the engineer's whistle and
feel the train slowing down. All three of
you look out the window wondering what caused the change of
speed. The circle, the line and the two
moving dots are temporarily out of mind as you focus on
what's outside the train.
you don't see anything out there worth blowing a whistle
for, you soon begin to notice that, as
the railcar moves, what you see inside the car stays pretty much
the same, but the view outside is a dynamic, ever-changing
picture. You also notice that the rate at which
the exterior scene changes is directly proportional to the
speed of the train. Try as you may to grab and
hold onto a pleasing scene, it's unreachable, intangible,
un-grabbable, and almost unreal as it fades into the distance
only to be replaced by still another scene. The scene
outside appears to you as an ever flowing cycle which
seems to have neither a beginning nor an end. At
least, there's no beginning or end anywhere in sight. The scenery you've passed is gone and no
longer visible. You wonder if it's still there. That
which lies ahead is equally as un-seeable.
saying of a famous philosopher pops into your
mind. You don't remember her name, but you do
remember her words: "When I finally got
there, I realized there was no there there."
You know that she was talking
about a state of being and not something physical, but just
for a moment, you wonder
if what lies ahead of you along the railroad tracks will be there when you get
there. And since it, too, is continually moving
and changing, you know that when you do get there it will be
different from what it is right now.
the moment, the only outside-the-train-scene that is visible
to you is the scene that's right-here right-now, and
that, too, is continually changing.
the train rolls along the tracks, you look out and see a
field in which a boy, sitting on a haystack, is waving at the
train. You wave back and then wonder what the
circle, the line, and two moving dots might look like from
the perspective of someone watching the train go by.
To the boy, the outside-scene is not moving past him.
It's more static, like the scene you are seeing inside
the train. From the boy's perspective, the
train, the dot, the line and the circle would all appear to
an observer watching the train go by, the vertical line is
not a line at all. It's as if the dot were riding a
wave. Those who know mathematics would say it's making
a perfect sine curve as it moves along above the
tracks. And the circle is not a circle
either. It appears to be a spiral, like the coils of a stretched
spring. One could even take the analogy further by
viewing the two dots from off the Earth, but we won't go
there, because I'm sure you've already gotten the message.
you've gotten off the train and are walking away, you notice that
your perspective of the scene around you is
still changing. The change is occurring much more
slowly, but nonetheless, it's still changing.
Then it occurs to you that it's always been like that, it's
that way now, and in all likelihood, it will always
continue to be that way. You realize that everything in the
entire physical world can be seen from an infinite number of different points of
just looked at a simple dot of light from several different perspectives.
We've seen it as if it were a dot, a line, a circle, a sign curve, and a
spiral,. All five of these perspectives are accurate.
So, how about something as complex as your belief system and what your belief
system means to you. Could that too, have multiple points of
view? Could there be a different meanings and different perspectives
that are equally as correct as yours is? Perhaps the Law
of Correspondence could assist us in looking into our minds,
both personally and collectively.
are multitudes of colors, shapes, and
directions. Perhaps in our mental universe, too,
there are multiple perceptions and countless planes of
being, for it has been said:
my father's house, there are many mansions." (Jesus)
"Everything is mental; the
Universe is a mental creation of the All."
these quotations are true, then each perception, each
plane, each mansion may very well have its own unique
interpretation and application of The Seven Principles of
From this broader view of life,
the inevitable question arises: Who
can say with anything but ignorance or arrogance,
"I'm right. You're wrong. My
way is the one and only way."
next time someone tells you that he/she knows better than you
or that he/she knows
what's right for you, or that he/she knows what God
wants you to do, you can smile and say, "No, thank
you. I walk my own path. I walk in the light of
the truth which bows to no authority other than