Finding Balance Within Instead of Banking on Outer Rules | In a Nutshell

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Without balance, the whole place would fall apart. When things are out of balance, disorder and disharmony abound. These are the necessary agents of disintegration that will simply and inevitably lead back towards integration and therefore finding balance.

On this physical level, this means that disorder creates more disorder…Deconstruction is part of the process of construction. If something isn’t put together correctly, it needs to be disassembled so it can be put together in the right way…On the level of emotions, balance shows up as feelings that are in harmony…On the mental level, balance looks like sanity, which means insanity is a temporary stop on the road to saner and higher ground…

Deconstruction is part of the process of construction. If we are in balance, we have things in “the right measure.” Here on this planet of duality, this is the art of holding opposites so they are in balance relative to each other. Like hot and cold…Or let’s look at light and darkness. When in balance in the outer world, humanity gets exactly what it needs…We typically rest in the darkness of night, and are active in the brightness of day. This symbolizes our need for balance between action and rest. When one is emphasized over the other—tilt!—the game of life is temporarily in chaos…

When we do the work of uncovering our unconscious bits and cleaning them up, we are reestablishing balance. With our frozen blocks freed up, we then find the right measure of things intuitively. We know when it’s right to be outgoing and to what extent, and when we should be gathering ourselves and holding ourselves together. We will know when it’s time to be active, and when we should chill and just be quiet…We’ll naturally know when to assert ourselves, and when to be flexible and give in…

Balance doesn’t come by way of a mathematical formula; it’s not a fifty-fifty deal. For example, what’s the right balance between sleep and being awake? While this will vary somewhat from person to person, nobody needs twelve hours of sleep a day. So it may outwardly seem out of balance to get eight hours of sleep followed by sixteen hours of activity, but in terms of inner balance, that sounds about right. The long and short of it: we have to look within to find the right measure…

But human beings like to find refuge in rules; we like hard and fast directions we can accept without thinking…So what we’re hoping for is a shortcut when what we really need to find is the spontaneous functioning of our true self…That’s the part of us that knows just how to be and what to do, in just the right measure, in any situation.

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