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In the world we see the beautiful and the ugly, the smart and the stupid, the strong and the weak, the healthy and the sick, the happy and the sad, the righteous and the wicked, and so on. Everything has its opposite. People experience all the extremes of the various polarities and everything in between. All that exists and functions is polar. The Chinese know this as Yin and Yang. The Hindus know it as Shakti and Shiva. Physicists know it as positive and negative. Michael knows it as Cardinal and Ordinal. Jung knew it as Animus and Anima. The French know it as male and female. It is everywhere. If we are to achieve love and Agape and freedom we must not ignore or deny either of these poles. We must perceive them clearly and experience them fully. One of the most fundamental understandings we can have about how things work in the world is this matter of polarity. We (our personal selves) will experience hate as well as love, lies as well as truth, grief as well as rejoicing, pain as well as pleasure. This is our lot in life. It "should" not be some other way in the world.

However, there is an aspect of Polarity we can change in our consciousness. We can change our understanding of events in our lives to make best use of things as they are, whether "good" or "bad". Throughout this thesis we will turn and return to the matter of psychological Polarity. There are three aspects of Polarity that concern us. There is the mental truth/illusion Polarity do we perceive and believe things as they are or not. There is the emotional desire/dread Polarity are our motivations and emotions beneficially directed or not. There is the behavioral do/misdo Polarity are our actions appropriate for the situation or not. These aspects of Polarity don't always enter into such decisions as whether to buy a Ford or a Chevy, but they do enter into psychotherapy personal psychological health in daily choices. Where a situation involves the mental truth/illusion Polarity, there is opportunity for increasing comprehension. Where a situation involves the emotional desire/dread Polarity, there is opportunity for increasing love. Where a situation is concerned with the behavioral do/misdo Polarity, there is opportunity for increasing mastery. Altogether, these three add up to increasing understanding by the personal self. Essence already has this understanding, and it is up to us to allow and invite this into the level of the personal self. This raises the level of our total being.


Phil Wittmeyer is a longtime Michael student and scholar of the teachings.  He can be reached at: wittmeyer@hotmail.com

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