General Considerations and Personal Reflections:
Here are some personal reflections. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.
Considering the Principle of Proportion I realized that in the various ambits of my life (work, family, friends, etc) I have a range hopes and fears, as well as all kinds of projects and aspirations; some clear, some very vague. No wonder then that getting all of this to work together harmoniously involves some attention.
Do some of my goals conflict with others? Or do these goals, despite their diverse nature and unequal importance, share a common direction? Sometimes I feel I manage to ignore internal conflict through a highly developed “ability” to avoid seeing clearly! A kind of semi-intentional blindness. If, just below the threshold of my daily awareness these desires and dreams exist in conflict with each other, it’s no wonder that I might feel weak, out of sorts, irritated… or in any case somewhat lacking in that profound (or even tepid) Peace, vital Force and a Joy that’s not shaken by life’s daily difficulties. So perhaps those negative registers have little, or even nothing, to do with not winning the lottery or the other external events with which I normally associate them. Perhaps they are, at least sometimes, registers of my own internal conflicts.
Would I be going too far by claiming that discovering, and deepening those registers (i.e. the direct, unmediated experience of Peace, Force and Joy) is useful, and an attainable goal? What if I said that it is really possible to make those registers, those feelings, the permanent background of your experience? Would that be surprising? Intriguing?
Why does it seem more reasonable to believer the same thing but about fear, despair, and paranoia instead of positive, inspiring states? I don’t believe that’s a trivial question. To the contrary, I think it is a significant clue. Be that as it may, and as unlikely as it may seem, the creation of a permanent climate of Peace, Force and Joy is possible.
Of course permanence is relative. I’m not talking about an unwavering state of bliss. Things will happen, events will make you angry, sad, scared, etc. But the underlying nucleus of Peace, Force and Joy will be a sort of home-base to which you will automatically return (increasingly quickly) and from which you can eventually ascend more easily than you can descend.
How’s that for unlikely! But of course terms like ascend (to even more inspired states) and descend (towards negative emotions) imply a kind of mental map, or at least a scale of values, to which not everyone will agree.
Mulling these thoughts over I realize that if I really want to deepen these registers a first step might be to study my, perhaps conflicting and certainly varied, hopes. With that in mind I turn to this specific principle and taking only a few minutes I make note of two or three situations in my life where perhaps I can, and should, guide my actions in light of this principle. This is something to do not once but but at various moments, and in various situations.
Next week we’ll look at what we imagine the future holds and explore how applying, or ignoring this Principle of Proportion might impact our lives and those around us.
Though you may be wise and powerful, if happiness and liberty do not grow in you and in those around you, I will reject your example.
Internal Landscape 1:2 _Silo
To love the reality that you are building” does not mean to place the solution to your own problems as the key to the world.
Let me end by saying: If you want to overcome your profound contradiction, you must produce valid actions. If these actions are valid, it is because they help those around you.
The Internal Landscape XV:9,10 _Silo