THE ~PLAY~ OF OPPOSITES
Good Day To You!
Today, I’d like to share my views on a major challenge we all face each day – the play of opposites. In my 1-2-3-4 For Overcoming Addiction, Obesity and Disease audio/workbook program, I highlight that first and foremost, we all need a dream. Without a dream (specific goal or objective), we have no means by which to direct our creative forces, which are stronger in the human being than any other creature on earth. This, in my opinion, is largely due to the expanded brain size, which gives us the ability to connect to an extremely large amount of energetic inputs or information.
Interestingly, the word “information” emerges from the concept of being in-formation; in order. When we follow a recipe, there are specific ingredients called for, and generally, there are specific instructions intended to keep the information flowing in formation; failure to use the suggested ingredients in the suggested proportions, and combine and process them in the specific order and fashion prescribed generally leads to the creation of food that isn’t palatable and doesn’t represent the offering of the recipe. A professional chef would refer to such a concoction as a disaster. And indeed, in some such circumstances, eating such concoctions could actually poison you!
In my drawing, you can see a man stuck between the forces of earth below and heaven (fire) above; water and air create both balancing and transformative forces, as well as being mediums of expression. The “2” in my 1-2-3-4 formula relates to the 2 primary creative forces of the Universe, which are 1) yin (that which is cool, concentrated, womb-like, or material) and 2) yang (that which is hot, fiery, expansive, transformative, yet dissolves the bonds of yin elements).
We can’t possibly balance these forces without being clear on what we are trying to achieve because each dream (recipe) requires a different balance of forces to produce a given outcome; you must create a different balance of forces to prepare to climb mountains that you would to be a competitive swimmer or a healthy mother wanting only to play with and care for her children.
That said, there is an essential balance of yin and yang essential to maintaining baseline health and well being, without which, we will not have the energy to create anything effectively.
Today, we are all steeped in the information age. Computer processing speeds double approximately every 12-18 months; this results in massive amounts of information exposure through a myriad of media streams. Those without a clear set of core values and/or a dream are highly susceptible to becoming addicted to living someone else’s dream, and more often than not, people try to live many people’s dreams.
This is essentially the same as trying to bake many cakes at once; if you don’t have the resources, you will both exhaust your finances and your vitality, yet, like the situation I described above, you are highly likely to produce disaster after disaster. Soon, you can begin to feel like life is kicking your ass!
Believe me, I know this challenge well. I’m a very creative man with lots of energy to create, yet, inevitably, we tend to forget that there isn’t much we can create alone. Therefore, if we aren’t careful, we can take many people down the toilet with us, usually our loved ones.
I invite you to join me in introspection this weekend. I will be reviewing my dream(s) and planning to reduce the amount of interactions I have with people and information so that I can put more of my time and energy into what really cultivates inner-peace and harmony. That way, I can continue to enjoy helping myself to help others.
At the end of the day, if we can’t keep the information we allow into our lives (regardless of the source), it is no longer a source of effective creation, but a source of destruction in our lives. Today, we face a paradox; society is filled with smart sick people; the health of most doctors and therapists is seldom any better than the people they are suppose to be helping with the same information that got them tired and sick.
May we all work together to create a healthy balance of yin and yang so that we can truly enjoy building and living our dreams together.
Love and chi,