Throughout the spiritual process, we find layers and layers of conflict between opposing impulses.
The desire to fall within and stay vs the call to come out into the world and act
Silent presence vs lively flow
Pleasure and escape vs self-care
Fear and the desire for security vs release and letting go
Personal control vs laws of nature
Habit vs conscious action
Appearance vs reality
Our ideals vs what is here
The divine vs the astral vs the physical
These polarities are known as duality. The key to duality is not choosing sides but finding a balance. And that comes out of seeking how to be OK with what is here – both sides.
Acceptance doesn’t mean we don’t work to change what needs changing. It means we stop fighting what is here and seek solutions instead.
Duality is required for world appearance. Expression is naturally a Yin and Yang, a Shiva and Shakti. Polarity is what leads to movement, flow, love, and form.
As we awaken to life in its essence, as it is, we step into the flow and begin to feel nature and then the divine moving through our life. Then we feel supported and guided on our hero’s journey, or life’s adventure.
But it can take time to distinguish the signals clearly. What is Divine? Nature? Habit? We’re all a mixture of various laws of nature, including some we might rather do without. But this is the blend that allows us to know the world and source from our own unique perspective. And that is why we’re here, essentially. We are a snowflake of experience.
Often, life circumstances arise to give us a chance to heal our wounds or lead us into our dharma, our role in this life. In a recent interview on BATGAP, Vera Helleman talked about the distinction between our function and the form or profession we choose to express it with. The form is our choice, in service to our energy or combination of laws of nature or gifts. In other words, there is both our path and how we chose to express it. Dharma is not role. A visionary or a call to service can take many forms, for example.
Being with who we are and doing what needs to be done, we discover a richness to life unimagined. Perhaps not as complex or flashy as we may have dreamed, but deeply satisfying.
What other polarities have you danced with?