P1 Every aspect of the law of balance is meaningful and has its own consciousness. It is possible to find the law of balance in the physical laws, but only to a degree, because you cannot perceive their connection with levels of reality that you are not aware of. The physical laws could not exist without this connection. Neither could your bodily manifestation exist without the life you have on other levels of reality. This applies to everything, not just to entities, but to universal laws as well.
The human body is held together by a supreme law of balance of which you human beings as yet know nothing. All laws of physics, chemistry, biology—of every conceivable science in your physical reality—are governed by the great law of balance. Some of these laws are obvious to your scientists. Others are more intricate and remain unrevealed.
On the physical level, balance is order and creates order. Imbalance is disorder, but it creates more disorder only temporarily and to a degree because temporary disorder is a step toward an order of a much higher organization. On the emotional level balance means harmony—the harmony of feelings. Imbalance, of course, means disharmony, negative feelings. On the mental level, balance means sanity and must lead to more balance and more sanity. The greatness of divine law is that disintegration is simply a step toward integration.
The law of balance is therefore always integrating. On this level of consciousness, divine manifestations appear as opposites, but are not so in reality. In the right measure they (warmth and cold) are both indispensable for harmonious living. In imbalance, pleasurable warmth turns into unbearable heat and purifying cold becomes frozen iciness. Both can kill. In the darkness of night you rest, in the brightness of daylight you become active. This is a symbolic manifestation of the inner level where you need a balance between activity and rest.
As the creative light moves onward in the evolutionary urge to fill the void, consciousness and energy particles lose themselves and seem to separate themselves from the whole. In the attempt to penetrate and fill the void, the temporary, illusory separation fulfills its task, spiritualizing the void and bringing light into it.
Gradually, the ever-onward movement fills in the gaps of consciousness, and the original oneness is eventually reestablished. The temporary, illusory disconnection must also create a temporary, illusory imbalance, leading to chaos and disintegration. But because the whole movement has an all-encompassing meaning and purpose, the chaos and disintegration are only temporary.
P3 A truly satisfying and fulfilling inner balance comes only through the arduous path of selfpurification. Then it comes as a gratuitous byproduct. Yes, you must be willing to love, to be in truth and in balance. Nevertheless you cannot will them directly. Balance can never be forced from outside. Balance is a divine and spontaneous manifestation. Illness of any kind is the result of imbalance. The healthy body keeps itself balanced.
P4 But as you find your inner being, with its vibrant intelligence and wisdom that truly surpasses the outer mind, you experience the incredible beauty of being held together and carried by a balancing system of such grandeur, of such purpose, that it can never be expressed in words. You learn to trust this, you learn to go with it. You learn to deliberately consult the balancing system which is always available to those who seek it, who make themselves open to it, who make their outer being compatible with it through an attitude of wakefulness.
That always means giving up the temptation of staying in the temporary smaller order of your little mind and trusting that you will find the larger order of your greater mind. This new consciousness can sustain you when things go wrong on your outer level of existence, when everything in you rebels against the disharmony and the imbalance that have been temporarily created by factors as yet unknown to your conscious mind.
P5 QUESTION: Is what you call the “balancing factor,” for instance in the aggressive and receptive principles, a third force? ANSWER: No, the balancing factor is the cohesive force that underlies the manifestations that appear as opposites. A person cannot truly be active unless that activity contains also the receptive state of mind; the still, harmonious state of being. Then the active movement becomes what I sometimes term “effortless effort.” It is not a strained effort.
Activity is strained, tiring and effortful only if it does not contain the receptive principle within it. It is precisely because human beings cannot perceive receptive quietude within active movement that they shy away from movement, from becoming, from effort. They tend toward stagnancy because their effort is so strained. The active principle is movement and action. The receptive principle is the state of being, quietude. The active state gives out. The receptive state takes in. The active state is a tensing of energies; the receptive state relaxes them.
If you combine the two in proper balance, then you have action and effort that are relaxed, effortless and calm. And you have receptivity that is alive and vibrant. In both states you have all the qualities present, only in different proportions. So it is not a third force, it is the proportion that keeps the balance.
—The Pathwork® Guide