Rumi said, "Darkness is the cradle of light." The Jewel is in the lotus, and the lotus is in the slime. In time, the Jewel is in the slime-- IS the slime. And the slime brings forth the Jewel. In the far extreme lies the opposite extreme. The more different we become, the more alike we are. Thou Art That. Neti-Neti--Neither this nor that. Both this and that! Yin is Yang Yang is Yin. In the Other is that which we are. Namaste! Namaste! Our contradictions reveal who we are and also are. Our work is to balance and harmonize the opposites within. And to wink at our opposites without.
We live between how things are and how things need to be. We are the fulcrum, the pivot point, the swing point, the sweet spot, levering Is into Ought To Be. How's it coming with that? Mastery is the art of the Nine Terms. Understanding what is at stake in them, and aligning ourselves with them, living in accord with them swings what can be swung from "this" to "that," though, I have to tell you, there isn't much in it for me and for you. Doing what needs to be done-- what needs us to do it-- is not going to make us rich and famous, and bring fortune and glory our way. It is only going to transform the world, and the world won't know whom to credit, or even know what has happened. If we are cool with that, we have what it takes to meet the moment on the moment's terms, and turn the light around before the moment sees what's coming and gets out of the way. Here they are: Silence and Emptiness. Sincerity and Integrity. Balance and Harmony. Spirit, Energy and Vitality. Live these words out in your life, and nothing will be what it would have been if you hadn't.
The solution to all of our problems today, and any day, is being right about what needs to be done here and now, and doing it. Doing what needs to be done in each situation as it arises is the fastest and surest way to return to balance and harmony, get our feet under us, get things back on track, place ourselves in consonance with the flow of our life, return to our original nature, and stabilize the world. Congruity and amity are established by being attuned to the moment of our living, and responding to what is called for with the gifts that are ours to share and serve throughout our life. The preferred way of dealing with all of our issues and difficulties is to sit still, be quiet, see what's what and what needs to be done about it, and act when the time is right to do what is ours to do, moment by moment, all our life long.