"We can only obey our own polarity. "
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Did you know that duality or polarity is what the Bible refers to as sin? It's true. Everything has a light and a shadow side. Welcome to Hermetic Principle number four. Let's discuss the Principle of Polarity.
"Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." ~ The Kybalion
We've learned already that all things begin in the mind of God. However, for Spirit to experience itself, it had to duplicate itself and all of its potentialities. In other words, love cannot experience itself unless its opposite and all of the possibilities in between exist. Light needs darkness to be seen. In the first few scriptures of the Bible, God separates light from dark and day from night. The archetypes of Adam and Eve tell the story of all born into this physical experience. All are born from Oneness into the duality of this world. God says in Isaiah 45:7, "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things." The Kybalion tells us that "opposites are identical in nature but different in degree." God or good being separate from evil is an illusion.
"And all things have We created in pairs in order that you may reflect on it." Surah Dhariyat Ayat 49
Everything is dual. There isn't anything that doesn't have its dual counterpart at the opposite end of the pole. Everything you can think of has an opposite in nature, or what could technically be considered its shadow side. Hot and cold, up and down, inside and out, good and evil, full and empty. Each is the shadow side of the other. As the Kybalion says, "All truths" really are "but half-truths." The following quote by Dan Brown perfectly illustrates the Principle of Polarity, "Angels and demons were identical- interchangeable archetypes- all a matter of polarity. The guardian angel who conquered your enemy in battle was perceived by your enemy as a demon destroyer."
When we began this series, we asked if the Hermetic Principles provided the blueprint of many of the world's religions and spiritual philosophies. At the very least, they are a concise summation of the tenets that run through almost all forms of belief, and the principle of polarity is no different. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and many of the world's philosophies have referenced polarity since the beginning of time. That is the very nature of this physical world. It is physical or matter at one end and spiritual at the other. Living in this material world requires the acceptance of the polarity of all things, including ourselves.
"When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad." ~ Lao Tzu
Duality is why The Bible says we are all born into sin, as it is the very nature of existence. Everything, including us, has a light and a dark side with which to contend. The biggest hurdle for most, in any given religion or on the journey to obtaining and maintaining Christ Consciousness, is grappling with our dualistic nature. However, this is where studying and innerstanding the principle of polarity can be highly liberating and empowering. Accepting our polarity as part of this physical experience releases us from any futile attempts at perfection or the need to absolve ourselves before a God, or Consciousness, that is already keenly aware of our dualistic nature, which is hugely redeeming.
So what are some ways we can apply this principle in real life? Truly accepting duality for someone coming from a religious background can be very liberating. Religion can have us chasing perfection, as if something is wrong with us, or as if we have to change to please a force outside of ourselves. Duality inherently makes us perfect, as life is null and void without it, releasing us from the shackles of religious piety. We can do nothing to make ourselves any more perfect than we already are. Polarity reminds us that we are good and evil. We are physical and spiritual. There is no separation from the Consciousness from which we came.
"Exalted is He who created all pairs – from what the earth grows and from themselves and from that which they do not know." ~ Surah Yaseen Ayat 36
Accepting our polarity, that all probabilities are within us, good or bad, and knowing that all stems from the mind also empowers us with the ability to choose, which provides creative freedom if used appropriately. Duality reminds us that all aspects and possibilities are within and around us. Free will allows us to choose at which end of the pole, of any given probability, to direct our focus and vibration toward. Character traits or habits, for example, can be evaluated and then alchemized however intended. Say you tend to be jealous; embodying an energy of confidence, or directing your attention to feeling more secure, would reduce feelings of jealousy.
Applying what we know about vibration in conjunction with polarity, we know that increasing the vibration of the energy on either the side of the pole intensifies that energy and vice versa. Decreasing the vibration or energy would diminish or lower it even further. For example, working in a rigid environment or for an inflexible boss would exacerbate the stubbornness of a headstrong individual. However, refusing to argue with said stubborn person diminishes their energy, leaving them to fizzle out or argue with themselves.
"For God knows that when you eat the fruit from the tree, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." ~ Genesis 3:5
These are small examples; however, we indeed are spiritual beings with the power to manipulate situations and circumstances energetically if we learn how to work within the natural laws of the world around us. Is this why the Bible says that our "eyes will be opened" and we will "be like God," if we know "good and evil" (polarity)? We are creative beings made in the image of God. All things begin in the mind (principle 1), and we can do nothing independent of God (principle 2). All things are vibratory in nature (principle 3), and with a concentrated application of the principle of polarity (principle 4), we have the ability to manipulate energy.
As with all of the other Hermetic principles, polarity and its infinite implications deserve a lifetime of study, so we'll stop there and let you dig further, should you please.
Next up, The Principle of Rhythm!
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