Day 272: Contemplative Day, Original Essence

Meditative Question:  What is the original essence of all things?
Symbolic Color:  White
Symbolic Direction:  Center

At first glance, this month’s question might appear simply answered with a platitude such as “Spirit is the essence of all.”  However, to say this is to simply overlay learned ideas and sentiments, and to not experience your own reality.  You may be surprised by the conclusions at which you arrive while exploring this mystery.

For this and for the final four contemplations, begin by blessing yourself with each of the elements, as you would in casting circle.  Find a comfortable meditative sitting position.  Light a white candle and sit approximately two feet away from the flame.  Cast your gaze upon the flickering candle and hold the question firmly at the level of the abdomen for 20-30 minutes.

As you have learned with the other meditative questions, it is not spiritually productive to explore this mystery through logic and deduction.  Instead, become one with it in each of your tasks.  Allow your body, mind, and spirit to become this question as you eat, sleep, work, and play.  Over time, a shift in your perception will take place and you will realize your own answer.

Opposites require each other

Opposites require each other

Funny, but if you would have asked me what I thought my meditative answer might have been prior to doing this exercise, I probably would have actually given a platitude like “Love is the essence of all!”  But as I meditated, I rediscovered a precept that has followed me for years and has never failed to stun me with its deep truth.

You cannot fully know an experience without being able to understand its opposite.  How can you understand the concept of darkness if you do not also know light?  How can you understand joy without also knowing sorrow?  The bliss of peace without the ravages of war?  The pangs of hunger without the satisfaction of a full belly?

I think that at the root of everything we know is polarity, and at the junction of the poles is a measure of chaos as each end struggles to understand something so alien to it, but also so necessary.  When we bring these forces together, such amazing things happen.  And those forces infuse every aspect of our lives, our universe, and our understanding.

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