Lecture 55 – The Expanding, Restricting and Static Principles | Abbreviated Version

(Also see Lecture 235)

P1             The principle of expansion in its pure and harmonious form manifests as creativity, growth, building, forward movement, search, activity, the outgoing quality necessary to find the “other you”—therefore as unselfishness and lack of egocentricity, as search for union or for anything outside the self. In its negative aspect, the principle of expansion manifests as aggression, war, on the material level, and on the psychological level as hostility, overactivity, quarreling, destructiveness, cruelty, impatience, thoughtlessness.

The principle of restriction in its positive aspect means equilibrium, balance—for it is this principle that balances the expansion and thus creates harmony, preventing the outgoing movement from getting out of control. It represents introspection, inward movement, caution, patience, thoughtfulness. It also represents self-search, in contrast to the search for the “other you” that characterizes the principle of expansion. You all know that you cannot truly find and understand the soul of another person unless you understand yourself.

P2             If the outgoing force is unrestricted, even if it is used in a constructive way, growth cannot occur harmoniously. All healthy growth is organic, slow and steady. So the principle of restriction also stands for assimilation. The expanding forces must turn destructive, unless the other two principles are at work as well. In its negative sense, the principle of restriction stands for regression, going backward instead of forward, holding up progress, going in the wrong direction; it stands for dishonesty, hypocrisy, cowardice, avarice, selfishness, egocentricity, separateness.

The static principle in its positive aspect stands for preservation. At first sight it may seem the same as the restricting principle, but it is not. The restrictive principle is movement—inward or backward—while the static principle is rest, the state of being, timelessness, passivity in the healthy sense.

Healthy growth occurs in three distinct stages: outward movement—search for the other, putting the ego behind; inward movement—searching for the self, assimilating all that has been absorbed by the outward movement and applying it properly to the self; and rest, preservation—gathering of new momentum for the preparation of the new cycle. The static principle is essential to the rhythm of progress. Without it fruition cannot take place. If you observe the growth of plants, you will notice this same threefold rhythm. The static principle in its negative aspect manifests as stagnation, putrefaction, lifelessness, inertia.

P3             In its positive aspect it (static principle) represents the ultimate goal, the highest stage one can reach: the state of being, of timelessness, and motion in motionlessness. Yet the static principle in its negative aspect is the most hindering for human development. For where stagnation exists, progress cannot occur. Thus, backward movement—the principle of restriction in its negative aspect—is better than no movement. But in the negative static state there is no movement. Without movement, there can be no growth.

Since you have conditioned yourself to be motionless, it is extremely difficult to summon the strength to set yourself in motion. And you may not even realize the necessity for it because in that state everything seems hopeless; you are under the impression that nothing changes and nothing can ever change because you stand still. In your predicament you remain under the wrong impression that no change is possible. No human being is in the static state with all the facets of his or her personality.

P4             The overemphasis causes a negative effect, a deviation in the expansive principle. The effect must also show up in the working of the other two, where in this respect a neglect and underdevelopment—and therefore deviation in another sense—occurs. Everything is connected by the law of cause and effect.

P5             QUESTION: Can it be possible that a person has a relatively healthy expansive and relatively healthy restrictive principle and yet a comparatively unhealthy static one? ANSWER: Then the word “relative” would have to be very flexible. Because it is impossible that a great degree of deviation exists in one respect and a minimum degree in another. But it is true that the degree of deviation may be stronger in one respect than in the other due to the basic characteristics of the person. In other words, when you deviate in one way, you may find exactly the opposite deviation in the other way.

(ANSWER) The Father is the Creator, therefore stands for the principle of expansion. The Son has come to earth. He has been incarnated. Incarnation is restriction, an apparent going back, although for the good purpose of going forward. While the Holy Ghost represents the static principle, the state of being.

P6             Exhalation is expansion; inhalation is restriction—backward movement. And then there is—which is again so often ignored and forgotten—the third principle: the moment in which you hold. That is done in the yoga exercises. The holding is the most important. Exactly. But not only in particular exercises. Even in normal breathing, when you are completely unaware of it, this moment, representing the third principle, is the most important part of breathing.

It does not make any difference that this moment is short, but it is that element which gives rhythm and harmony to the breathing. Without going outward, no material would be given to you to point in the direction of the inner disharmonies. And then comes the time of fruition when you actually do not seem to go anywhere.

These periods will depress you in the beginning. They will be the times of heaviness and apparent hopelessness. The further you are advanced, the more you know yourself and have properly assimilated and come to terms with the knowledge you have gained, the happier the times of fruition will be for you until the next period of effort and outgoing movement is to start again. It (the universe) is constantly in movement. But rhythmic and harmonious movement contains motionlessness, like that instant in breathing when you do not breathe in order to do so rhythmically.

P7             The truth is that the universe is expanding, contracting, and static. In the highest realm, constant movement in all directions exists simultaneously with the static state. There is no movement in movement. And there is movement in no movement.

Intuition is never wrong. An instinct can be wrong. It can be harmful, it can come from the lower nature of the personality. Intuition comes from the superconscious. Intuition has the further distinction of being conscious, while an instinct may remain unconscious. It may be an urge, an impulse that is not formulated and of which one is unaware. An intuition must be conscious, otherwise it would not be an intuition. It is a message from the superconscious into consciousness.

—The Pathwork® Guide