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Greetings all!
I felt compelled to share this with you all today. It was an epiphany for myself, but I will offer it here to you as a question. What does the word "opposition" mean to you? Don't look up the Webster's definition of the word. What are the images, thoughts, feelings that appear when YOU consider this word?
Okay, now we have that. Next consider those aspects in context.
The images, thoughts or feelings, where does that story start? What happens at the end?
Now that you have that wrapped up, what powers the that story, those thoughts, feelings, images?
Meditate on this for awhile. The answer will be cloaked in misdirection and ego.
When the answer reveals itself to you, you now have direction.
Follow that source of energy, that source of power....

So a metaphor for this blog, there are no mountains without two tectonic plates rubbing against one another.
There is no beach without both earth and water.
Through opposition, creation occurs.
This is my epiphany....
Embrace the opposition. Its there to help you create.

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Comment by JD on August 12, 2017 at 12:01pm

Very good for you to see and share your new insight. As we are told, imagine or experience, our thoughts will be more often then not to label or categorize. This it may seem is like a natural innate recognition of polarity. Imagine all things have a cycle, and it is the power of the opposition, dark and light, wet and dry, that provide the scale of magnitude. It is this that make the harmony in life, and balance is its total sum. This is all happening regardless of labels, good or bad. So if you end up in a circumstance beyond your control and of a unwanted nature that you don’t have to label it bad but may. If you label it bad it has the weight of the circumstance plus the weight you give bad! If it is not labeled in this way it is only the weight of the circumstance. So at this view I would say it is good to see the opposing energy and focus or feed what you will. Be true to you.

Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Chris Kelley on July 28, 2017 at 10:47pm

Ethan Hval, thanks for your comment. I like the way you frame your response. Its learn, experience, and share if I may paraphrase respectfully.

I feel like full circle now. Sometimes you gotta run around in the forest to find out...yep there you are. And that's all that matters. 

Opposition = Growth

Comment by Chris Kelley on July 27, 2017 at 8:03pm

If my last statement is true, if you see opposition only as such, then you lack perspective.
Don't focus on the dragon, focus on the treasure...

Comment by Chris Kelley on July 27, 2017 at 7:58pm

sav, thanks for the reply. I agree with you. I'm beginning to see opposition as more of a sign. Almost as if a force was saying "go here, there is something important for you learn here". Similar to the dragon and the treasure myth. The dragon protects the gold/treasure, but you gotta go through the dragon to receive the treasure.

Comment by sav on July 26, 2017 at 6:37am

Last time I commented I as still thinking, so i cited the Oracle. This time I'm only thinking of the word. 

I do not think of opposites. Opposition, the state of being opposed to something or thinking of that which obstructs as an opposition, is not synonymous with having the opposite opinion.

I gravitate immediately to that which criticizes me, and frustrates me because I think if they really understood what I meant they would not be opposed. Thinking of it forces me to understand that the opposition has their reasons and emotions too. I have to accept tour advice at the end, to embrace the opposition, and I've tried to, because that's the most enlightened alternative. Conflicts and opposition help us create, as do cooperation and other positive assistance. Both are facts of life. If I could regulate opposition as opposed to (hah - there's the word in terms of mere difference!) supportive constructive dialogue, I'd take more of the latter. Only sometimes are opponents so wise and bird's eye-view that they can be both - supportive of common goals as wells opposed in detail or particularly stated reasons.

Comment by Chris Kelley on July 22, 2017 at 6:30pm

Continuing my analysis of this subject of opposition, I'm thinking that the middle is missing.
From a political perspective this is definitely a hot topic.
But to allow yourself to be categorized based on subjective concepts is definitely not good.
Some aspects of life are obviously objective I think. I have brown hair. I have two feet and 10 toes.
These statements can be proved true by observation.
But there are some elements of life that should not be limited by simple categorization.
Ideas, perspectives these should be shared and discussed. Not labeled.

A good majority of feelings, thoughts, opinions are being thrown into buckets by our society.
It appears to me that once there is enough emotional energy directed at a certain system/subject (politics, the environment, gender), the middle spectrum disappears.
Its like being a school yard fight. Either your on my side or you are the enemy.
Without that middle spectrum of polarity, rhythm, gender, then there can be no amiable resolution to any of these matters.....

I still have 10 toes after writing this fortunately. We'll see how long that lasts.

Comment by Chris Kelley on July 21, 2017 at 11:05pm

Thanks for the replies Ethan and sav. The concepts provided by the Kybalion struck me in an interesting way, and I think I am still wrestling with those ideas. I attempted to understand those concepts using the framework of thinking I am used to. Logically as that of science and math. The "traditional" disciplines of physics, chemistry, etc. 
Now I find myself trying comprehend these concepts in terms of observable nature.
Rather than think in terms of complicated relationships or binary equations, can you understand those hermetic laws by witnessing nature? The wind blowing over a lake creating ripples on the surface. How does that interaction correspond with my understanding of daily interactions with the people around me and my environment?
Its amazing how much subtle actions can have such a big impact, and yet go unnoticed at the same time.

Comment by sav on July 18, 2017 at 4:17am

Thanks for this post.

The I Ching has a hexagram called Opposition: Lake below and Fire above. The two movements are in contrast because water naturally moves down anyway, and as well fire flames up. So their wills are divergently directed. From the commentary (Wilhelm/Baynes, translation): "In general, opposition appears as an obstruction but when it represents polarity within a comprehensive whole, it has also its useful and important functions....The two elements, fire and water, never mingle but when in contact retain their own nature. So the cultured man is never led into baseness or vulgarity...regardless of all commingling..."

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