“When the soul, coming to the Fourth State of Fruitive Love, enters into the Equilibrium which supports and penetrates the flux, it does and must reconcile the opposites which have governed the earlier stages of its career. The communion reached is with a Wholeness; the life which flows from it must be wholeness too. Full surrender, harmonizing with full actualization of all our desires and faculties; not some thin, abstract, vertical relation alone, but an all-round expansion, a full, deep, rich giving and taking, a complete correspondence with the infinitely rich, all-demanding and all generous God whose love is measureless for it is Himself.’ Thus Ruysbroeck teaches that love static and love dynamic must coexist for us as for him.” Evelyn Underhill
Soul in Equilibrium
I’m not sure we can say it is the soul that enters equilibrium. I think it is our whole self that must do so. Our four parts; physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual must all be part of it. The goal, after all, is to be a united being.
I’m not sure, but I think Underhill means we must be able to travel between the different dimensions of reality when she says “penetrates the flux.”
We must reconcile opposites if we want equilibrium Most of us place too much emphasis on the physical or mental aspects of our being and do little for the psychic and spiritual. Some flip it around and concentrate on the spiritual or the psychic and allow the mind and body to decay. Underhill has it right when she says we need equilibrium.
A few decades ago, it was a common joke that many bodybuilders spent much time working on their arms, back, and chest and forgot the legs completely. The result was a ridiculously unbalanced physique. The worse part about it was the experts found that when you did that, you limited the amount of development your upper body could get as well. Something similar applies here.
As long as we are in the physical-mental levels of existence, we must keep our bodies and minds functioning. But if we hope to move on to spiritual realms, we better develop the other areas as well, especially the spiritual. It is important to note that the psychic and spiritual are two different levels. Too many people get caught up in the psychic and never move on to real spiritual development. Don’t be one of those people.
Also, Underhill doesn’t mean that we should embrace evil as well as good. She means embrace the good, but accept that the evil is real and forgive ourselves if we did evil things before our spiritual awakening. Continue reading “Equilibrium and Balance to Move Forward”