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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 Chris Kelley 7 hours ago

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 yesterday

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 Ethan Hval yesterday

Your thoughts on Opposition instantly reminded me of one of my favorite esoteric books and an occult classic: The Kybalion by Three Initiates.

Here's a couple excerpts regarding the Principle of Polarity that I find to be quite relevant to the theme of your post. 

“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”–The Kybalion.

"It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that “opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them To illustrate: Heat and Cold, although “opposites,” are really the same thing, the differences consisting merely of degrees of the same thing. Look at your thermometer and see if you can discover where “heat” terminates and “cold” begins! There is no such thing as “absolute heat” or “absolute cold”– the two terms “heat” and “cold” simply indicate varying degrees of the same thing, and that “same thing” which manifests as “heat” and “cold” is merely a form, variety, and rate of Vibration. So “heat” and “cold” are simply the “two poles” of that which we call “Heat”–and the phenomena attendant thereupon are manifestations of the Principle of Polarity".

Comment by sav on Tuesday

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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