|Mozzarella di Bufala - 2012|
(That which is the meaning of the discordant harmony of things.)
Heraclitus and the stream, the Yin/Yang and the Unity of Opposites, Zen and the Japanese composure, Hegel and the Dialectic Process, Jung and Individuation, Babaji and Kriya Yoga: all these personalities and philosophies laid a path to inner balance for humanity.
The term philosophies is to be taken cum grano salis; it is true that certain aspects of these "exercises" pertain to the realm of philosophy, especially when, by lack of a possible experiential approach, thinner stilts must stand on merely theoretical mud. So, when Descartes bases the proof of existence upon the certainty of the "cogito" idea (Cogito, ergo sum), the latter is itself based on the hypostasis of God's existence: this, to me, is pure philosophy.
But Individuation, Dialectic, Zen, the Battle of Opposites, and Kriya Yoga, just to name a few, do not only consist of discourses: they are processes which translate into lifestyles, tendencies, and a disposition of the soul and Nature. Their structural pillars all stand on experiential grounds; they can be applied to any aspect of practical life, and they contribute to that natural balance towards which we all tend by means of some sort of gravitational power. All of these life principles, laid out in different eras, cultural, and social contexts, have one aspect in common: they all underline the importance of acknowledging the discordant forces in ourselves, the dark and mysterious side of our soul as well as the visible and orthodox one. Balance is obtained by offsetting opposing principles.
In man, this lack of concordia shows through common symptoms such as neuroses, psychoses, or more commonly, depression, melancholia, panic attacks, anxiety, schizophrenia, phobias, and manias. These often result from the either conscious or unconscious but systematic repression of some important inner traits; these can be lower functions of our psyche which have been only partially or not recognized at all by our conscious side; they are magma that boils inside us without our knowledge of its action, or even of its presence.
So the path to balance is not an easy one. To unite opposites, we must realize that our nature is profoundly ambiguous; only this way can we cohabit with it and have a higher degree of control over its duality.
What is balance to you? How do you try to reach it?