By Renae Pelo
Everything has an opposite. We know that. Hot and cold. Male and female. Up and down. In and out. The truth is that we couldn’t have one without the other. We readily accept it as fact. The Law of Polarity (or Opposites) teaches us that everything has an opposite that is equal. Let’s explore the Law and why conscious awareness of it is important to our happiness and well being.
If this law works in all things, it would mean than when something goes wrong, we can expect something to come along that is equally right. Right? Yes. It doesn’t always look like it in the moment because we are too close to the situation. However, in retrospect it becomes obvious. What about the fact that even though I cried buckets of tears when my boyfriend joined the Air Force when I was a young teenager, I ended up with the marvelous man to whom I have been married for fifty years.
We may prefer to think of some things as the exception to the rule when a natural disaster such as the tsunami which took many lives and destroyed a vast area of shoreline occur. It gave the world an opportunity to rally forces and rebuild those areas and offer assistance that would never have otherwise occurred. Surely hearts were softened and the survivors feel differently about their place in the world.
My husband’s father died when he was a little boy of seven. “Don’t let my daddy be dead,” he cried on the way into town to learn that indeed, he had died in the local mine disaster. What could be worse than that for a little boy? His mother had to move them to town where she could find work doing menial labor to put food on the table. He was encouraged to go to college and make something of himself. He graduated and became a Certified Public Accountant and married me. We are the parents of ten children and 57 grandchildren.
That would have never happened if his father hadn’t died. My husband would have stayed on the farm or joined the Navy like his brothers did. I lived over three hundred miles from his hometown and we would never have met in Yellowstone Park where his mother sent him to work as a teenager and where I went after graduating from high school. I am certainly not grateful that he was raised without the companionship and example of his father but I am very grateful we met in Yellowstone Park and got married.
We don’t get to judge the law, we just get to experience the results of it.
Napoleon Hill, author of Think And Grow Rich, said “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”
The value of learning about the universal laws and then applying them consciously in our lives is that we get the benefit of that knowledge and awareness. We enter the realm of thoughtful participation instead of being victim of circumstances. We can learn to look for the silver lining and respond instead of reacting in any situation. Even when a woman has PMS, she is wise to remember the rest of the month will be better.
On the other hand, does the Law of Polarity mean that because there has been a good day or lovely event that we need to wait for the other shoe to drop? After all, what goes up must come down.
Living the laws consciously makes us more aware and accountable for our circumstances. We learned from the Law of Relativity that it is our thinking that makes it so. It is easy at times to make things worse than they are by our thinking. What we focus on increases. When we train our mind to look for the best in any situation we can get really excited when things go wrong knowing there must be something really terrific just around the corner.
That is the joy of the Law of Polarity.
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