Sunday, March 22, 2009

Reflections on the Kybalion

In a previous post, I mentioned the fact that the North is considered a place of darkness in American Masonic ritual. Living in Alaska, this is something I will experience, when during the depths of winter there are only a few hours of sunlight each day. However, on the flip side of that is the fact that at the height of the summer there are practically 24 hours of light. This reminds me of the Kybalion and its principle of polarity which states:
"Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled."
When we feel that we are mired in darkness, either literal or figurative, this principle reminds us that darkness and light are but opposite sides of the same coin. With some mental effort, we can change the darkness into light, even that Masonic Light of which we are all in search. In fact, the Kybalion instructs us in another principle, that of Rhythm, which is useful in this regard, and states:
"Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates."
By recognizing the first principle and applying the second, we can change our periods of deepest darkness into those of the greatest light. All it takes is a mental effort to swing the pendulum back towards the light, and we can banish the darkness. Much like the North, we can transform the dark shadows of the seemingly never-ending night into an equal measure of warm effulgent sunlight to fill the recesses of our souls. . We need only learn to use our mental abilities, and we can take control of and utilize these principles to enrich our lives as well as bring us closer to our own Masonic enlightenment. So mote it be!


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