Equilibrium and Balance to Move Forward

“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.”

Reconcile Opposites

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.

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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”

Spiritual Connections, Individual Equality in Community

Equality in Community Guided by Divine Light

“In days gone by, you have had leaders to guide you, but before them were even greater leaders, whom you have not known. The inspiration of their word is something that must never be lost; it must be preserved for all time.
“You must establish a community, where men can live together and where they can enjoy the companionship of women. Men always benefit from united effort, but this is inseparable from necessary restrictions. Let the restrictions imposed be such that no man can feel resentment because of the restraints set upon him. Let the only ordinances and restriction imposed be founded on the nature of man and upon spiritual and moral values.
“We must seek to assure freedom of action for every man and woman, so long as it does not prejudice the equal rights of others. … The rewards must go to the men who are best in all ways. …We must to provide for the sick and helpless, for the old and incapable. … We must make men high-minded and above all pettiness. … We must be a guiding light before the eyes of all men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:1:6-11)

Great Leaders

There have been many great leaders in the world of various types. There are great political leaders, great business leaders, great leaders in science and art. The greatest leaders of all, however, are the great spiritual leaders. They are the greatest because they care for our immortal spirits and souls rather than our mortal bodies. They are great because they believe in equality.

Sadly, the other side of the coin is also true; we have had terrible leaders.

In business, the bad leader is the one who cares only for profit regardless of the cost to humanity. He might sell tobacco products, pesticides, or junk food. The his products kill people doesn’t bother him at all, as long as they make him wealthy.

In politics, science, and even religion, terrible leaders are very similar to that bad business leader. The politician who seeks to help only those wealthy who donate large sums of money to his campaigns, and perhaps even more under the table, is just as bad as that business person. The scientist who will say a certain processed food is healthy when the manufacturer donates millions to the university he works for, and the preacher who preaches whatever the crowd is will to pay to hear is equally as bad. Continue reading “Equality in Community Guided by Divine Light”

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Cosmic Equilibrium

“The forces of the Cosmos tend to maintain equilibrium compensating each other, nevertheless, at irregular intervals, conditions which require compensation, and these give rise to varying degrees of irregularity to the movement of Great Entities, and hence to the presence of positive evil, sin and disease within their spheres.
“The Cosmos itself has to strive to attain adjustment at the commencement of each phase of its evolution, and the irregularities which occur before adjustment is effected. … Cosmic evil is a limitation, an opposition, and is the prime condition of manifestation. For without limitation, finiteness, there can be no manifestation, and without death or discarding of the outworn, there can be no progress. These elements then of Cosmic opposition are always present in a manifested universe.” ~Dion Fortune

The forces of the material universe need to maintain a balance or the whole thing may fall apart like a house of cards caught in a sudden gust of wind. But maintaining the equilibrium continuously is a difficult, and possibly impossible, job. Things do get out of balance in areas and may seem to say that way fro quite a while to us humans, but to Nature, correcting such difficulties in twenty, thirty, even fifty years is like the blink of an eye. It may seem to us that things are regularly out of balance, but such imbalances do get corrected over time.

When the population of deer, for example, gets to be too much in an area, nature will step in and cause some disease to kill off many of the deer, or a forest fire will kill some and drive others to new locations. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. Unfortunately, we have decided in many cases that it is up to us to intervene and get things back into balance. The problem with that is our idea of a balanced environment is very different from that of nature. To many of us, a “balanced” environment is people, people everywhere and all other species keep out of our way. That isn’t balance at all and Nature is now fighting back at that attitude. That isn’t to say that we shouldn’t act responsibly with regard to the environment, but in trying to correct the problems we have to remember that the environment doesn’t exist solely for the convenience and pleasure of man. Continue reading “Cosmic Equilibrium”