in this world, a great Law of Opposites expresses itself. Where is balance to be found?
Do all things not separate and grow apart from one another? Do we not pursue our own paths, sometimes to extreme?
Some say balance lies in a mixture of opposites, a little of this, a little of that. All things in moderation. Yet surely balance is not to eat and fast, work and play, love and hate, for these already lie along the path of Separation?
Ideologues of all persuasions seek to level individual differences and control the extremes, but they deny the Law of Change, whereby all things are in Motion. Their cycle is stagnation, followed by upheaval, and back again to opposites and extremes.
Once I act in any direction, I venture along an opposite path. By choosing one thing, I exclude another. I cannot be here and there, this and that, then and now. This is the very game of opposites, endlessly repeated, which held us so long in its thrall.
I prefer to focus on the relationship between the opposites. I find balance not in my work or play, but their relationship. Not in my food or body, but in their relationship. Not in my power or helplessness, but in their relationship.
Thus it has been said that through humility we may find strength, through longing fulfillment, through loneliness harmony in all things.
Instead of doing this and that, I choose to do and stand back. To do and not do. In each moment, each thought, each action, I hold sacred that Relationship between all things which already exists in the space between us.
My standing back is not the same as withdrawing, for withdrawal is again the opposite of being fully present.
Standing back I enter not into the opposite but into the fullness of my place in this world. I am silent, attentive, fully present.
Seeing that balance exists in no thing but between all things; seeing that all is in motion; I see that I contain all that is Other within my self.
I enter fully into relationship. I become balance.
Is Balance not the Foundation of Health?
- S. B. Ranger, Seagreens' founder, 2008