Life is balance. The world is balance.
Every aspect of this world has an opposite that both justifies and maintains its nature. This is true because the physical world is bound to duality, meaning that every facet of this realm exists in two parts. Life itself is dual being that it is a result of two distinct, yet joint entities. These entities are life and death. Without death, it is impossible to grasp the concept of life. And without life, there is no such thing as death. In other words, death justifies life, while life confirms death. These seemingly opposite realities are so closely connected that if one was to be removed the other would fail to exist. This implies that they are only ostensibly different, but in actuality, they are one and the same or two parts of the same whole. One simply provides the reference point necessary to interpret the other.
Duality can be a tricky concept to grasp. One may claim to understand, but one must be weary of the duality within the notion of understanding as well. To completely understand one must also overstand. Now overstand may not be an official word in the dictionary as of yet, however, to UpperClass OG, it means to interpret everything underneath the surface of words and everything above the surface of words in order to translate everything between those words to the heart. Which is why the quote “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul” by Hermes Trismegistus, is so heavily repeated on this earthy plane. Subconsciously human beings know the qualities of duality. Consciously they do not accept it very often. To overstand/understand balance, is to acknowledge that there are two sides to every story, but overall, there is still only one story. This idea of one story is what we call grey in the scale of duality. One side may be black and the other may be white. One cannot simply say these are the only colors on the scale. One must overstand/understand that these two colors broken down and apprehended individually, makeup the overall comprehension of the color they make together. This is essentially grey.
Moreover, this concept breaks down even further into perception of binary opposites. These are known as light vs. dark, masculine vs. feminine, good vs. evil, loyalty vs. disloyalty, conscious vs. unconscious, and so on. Both sides are a continuous representation of delusions that divide mankind. This is where segregation presents itself in its ugliest form and human beings begin to support the side they find themselves on, rather than trying to overstand/understand the whole picture. In order to understand this balance, one must first step back and view the entire scale from a more inclusive angle. If realization occurs, then one can see that humans are being driven by illusion no matter what side of the scale he or she defends.
Furthermore, balance is difficult to visualize if one is standing too close to the scale. At such a close proximity, our scope of vision is restricted, rendering us incapable of viewing the full image. Being too close to the scale is a metaphor we use to hint that there is an emotional attachment to a single aspect of reality. As we’ve learned by now, to focus solely on one side in a dualistic world is the truest form of denial and the source of all human suffering. The only way to maintain distance from the scale is by remaining conscious at all times. For consciousness and balance go hand in hand.
A comforting feeling of stability stems from the acceptance of duality and equality. We think this feeling is what many refer to as peace. Once we develop a deeply rooted understanding of this ideology, we can then begin to focus on the central point that lies within every situation. For it is only at this point, can balance be achieved and preserved.
The central point is a state of absolute clarity where true consciousness thrives. At this point, the individual is liberated of all dualistic attachments and is therefore completely neutral. This neutrality eliminates the need for resistance because there is nothing to defend nor cling to, everything is simply accepted. To be present is the most subtle form of acceptance and an indication of detachment from both past and future. The central point that we speak of delivers such an intense transparency that it dissolves the fog of the past and clears the skies of the future, bringing forth presence.
Here is an example of this idea. Think of the words “human being.” Most people tend to gravitate solely towards the term “human.” This is only natural because most human beings live their life through the human form, or as we like to say, the egoic form, while disregarding the fact that there is another side to existence (being). Now, for those who gravitate more towards the term “being,” they have an apprehension of what it means to live through a more present state of life. However, even these people can become overwhelmed with this concept and take pride in emitting such qualities, that eventually, they too become lost in a delusional state of existence. Those who internalized the term “human being” have a more complete grasp of what it means to be on both sides, yet still balanced in the middle. This is a simple yet complex idea. Too much or too little of anything is unwise. For instance, a plant will die with too much water or too little water, too much sunlight, or too little sunlight, and so forth.
It’s like a person who adores compliments but hates criticism. This is a popular imbalance that stems from a common misunderstanding. Many don’t realize that compliments and criticisms are fruits of the same tree. In other words, they share a mutual origin. Compliment grows alongside criticism. A balanced individual is aware of this fact and therefore does not allow compliments nor harsh criticism to influence their behavior in any way. By treating them both as equal, you remain conscious and in total control of your reaction each time, which is the ultimate purpose of attaining balance, to gain control of oneself.
It is utterly essential that we humans develop a transparent understanding of duality in order to respect its role maintaining balance. Once we gain such understanding, we can then accept its permanence and no longer succumb to extremes. The reason we often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed is because we allow our minds to drift into either of the opposite poles without realizing that both sides are always present in equal proportion. A situation is never exclusively bad or good. Since life is dual, then nothing in life can ever be all of just one thing. Something that is good from one angle is equally as bad from another angle. This is invariably true. The only factor that is inconsistent is our angle of focus. Because our focus is rarely in the present moment. It usually lingers somewhere in the past or future. We must remain centered. We must remain balanced.
We learned the concept of equivalent exchange from an anime series called Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. We highly recommend this series.
Also, this philosophy was highly influenced by a book titledThe Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. One of our members, Tywreh Nelson, found the book on the beach while in Hawaii as a National Exchange Student. The book was in poor condition when he found it, but he decided to take it any way.
Lastly, if you are a college student, consider studying abroad for a semester. According to Tywreh, it was an absolutely wonderful experience.