Principle 11 Opposites 5, The Faction of Humanity

Principle 11, fifth week
This month we are focusing on principle #11 It is also called “The Principle of the Negation of Opposites” it says:

“It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.”

Over the last four weeks we looked at some general impressions about this principle how we could have applied it in the past, how we might apply in the present, and how we might apply it in the future. This week we’ll try to synthesize our understanding of that principle and go a little deeper into our personal understanding of it. To enhance that work we’ll also look for a simple but profound internal experience that can give us new perspectives on all this.

Personal Reflections (last week we got a movie. This week the movie is in your head).
Here’s another way to look at “factions” and the “negation of opposites”.

Sometimes in a dream “you” appear as someone’s not your everyday self. Most commonly perhaps as “you” but older or younger age than your current age. Maybe you’ve even been a different person, of a different ethnicity or gender. Can you recall a dream like that? Can you imagine such a situation? Certainly, you can imagine or recall being an actor and playing a part, perhaps costumed and made up to resemble someone else. Imagine playing a role that has you appear as someone of a totally different ethnicity, age and disposition. No matter how perfect the makeup and costume you recognize yourself.

First, ask yourself: “who am I”. Think about that question that is so central to Silo’s Path as explained in the Book of the Message. Look at whatever answer that arises. Examine it briefly and dispassionately, then let it go. Let go of the answer and go deeper inside. Keep asking, obviously you aren’t simply your name, your DNA or your opinions, so as answers arise consider them, release them, and keep searching for something more.

Now the interesting part — think of, or look at, someone you know who is very different than you. Start easy make it someone you like. Later you can try more challenging relationships. Now try to feel what is human in yourself and in the other person as you say to yourself: “I feel what is human in me. I feel what is human in you. And I recognize that we are the same”. The results of doing this experiment will be quite different than the results of simply thinking about this experiment — though that’s not a bad thing either.

Coming up:
Next week we start on a new principle which will end this cycle of meditations.

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First time here? Then you should know:
Every month we focus one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These can be found in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. Each week we look at a different aspect of that month’s principle. These principles, or guidelines, or however you think of them, are elements that we can form into a discipline which can be practiced at every moment and in every circumstance. They are a kind of dynamic meditation. With time and application these efforts will give all my activities a particular tone, mood, and mental direction.  Our goal is to weave these general ideas that you can weave together into a coherent style of life.

Since this is our first go at the principle this month I’m sending around a kind of overview on the principle. We can discuss it at this week’s meeting. In the next weeks we’ll consider how we’ve seen this in action in our pasts. We’ll look at how the principle could be applied to our present circumstance and what it might mean for us in future situations..

These considerations about this principle have been drawn from conversations with many people and from materials we created over the years to help illustrate various subjects related to “valid action”. I’m sorry that in most cases I can’t credit specific individuals for their contributions but I will when I can.