The Fool begins to wonder if he will finally find the answer he's after. It occurs to him that so far, he's been dealing with opposites: the two opposing sides of the scales.Does one always have to be surrendered to get the other? he wonders.
It is at this point that he comes upon a winged figure standing with one foot in a brook, the other on a rock. The radiant creature pours something from one flask into another. Drawing closer, the Fool sees that what is being poured from one flask is fire, while water flows from the other. The two are being blended together into a completely different substance!
"How can you mix fire and water?" the Fool finally whispers. Never pausing the Angel answers, "You must have the right vessels and use the right proportions."
The Fool watches with wonder. "Can this be done with all opposites?" he asks. "Indeed," the Angel replies, "Any oppositions, fire and water, man and woman, thesis and anti-thesis, can be made into a unified third. It is only a lack of will and a disbelief in the possibility that keeps opposites, opposite."
And that is when the Fool begins to understand that he is the one who is keeping his universe in twain. In him the two could merge. All it takes, the Fool realises, is the right proportions, the right vessel and enough faith that the two can be unified.
Monday, May 19, 2014
If you didn't feel the way that you are feeling, there would be something wrong with your feeling faculties. A very wise person once told me that feelings are like precious jewels. Even uncomfortable emotions are priceless beyond measure. Without them, what are we? Robots! Machines. Brains on legs? There is nothing wrong with having a keen intellect but ultimately, there is nothing so impressive about it, either. What's in your heart counts for far more than what's in your head.
There are always arguments and counter arguments. How should we weigh the positives against the negatives? We soon grow tired of being buffeted by the options that blow across our lives like crosswinds on an open headland. So we put almost any shelter in place, as long as it seems to promise peace. Once you are able to put clear boundaries in place and to make wise choices about the direction that your life needs to take next, you will begin to feel so much better.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Sometimes, we find ourselves doing things for no apparent reason. We 'coincidentally end up' in a certain situation. We 'unexpectedly arrive' at a particular place. We 'unintentionally say' something that turns out to have enormous impact. But is all this entirely unconscious? Can such unplanned processes sometimes benefit us?