Sympathies and Antipathies are Passive and Active Forces that Form and Transform Physical Manifestations
The most fundamental law of growth and development come through the interaction of passive and active forces as attraction and repulsion, compliance and resistance. Whatever we become a part of as a relationship of some sort, we use as the means to develop ourselves by either moving into and becoming like them, or by contrasting and opposing them, and becoming the opposite of them. Every relationship we form gives us a sense of ourselves as either like them or not like them, we either resonate or contrast and repel. Sometimes we fall in between, and adopt the mind-set and behaviors we like, while only rejecting and contesting the ones we don’t like. Either way, it’s always based on a form of choice and exercising our will. Sometimes this is a conscious act that we’re aware of and do in a deliberate manner, and sometimes it’s something we do without direct awareness, but more as natural tendencies inherent in our personality as natural ways of being.
All creation comes by way of willful acts. We’re either being moved or controlled by others and our environment, or we’re acting through others and our environment to control and determine ourselves. All creation comes by way of relationships that we form with ourselves (plural) and everything else around and outside of us. All experiences as subjective realities come through a dynamic series of relationships and interactions all taking place at the same time in concert with each other. We either develop ourselves by passively blending into others, activities, and situations, and through a state of rapport, take on the same mind-set, attitudes, and behaviors, where we become the same as them in nature and classification, or we position ourselves in contrast and opposition with them, and develop ourselves by resisting and becoming the opposite of them. We’re always interacting through passive and active aspects of ourselves, by conforming and going with the flow, or by outwardly opposing and moving against the grain, or creating our own current as a new flow moving in an opposing direction.
When we’re young and immature, this equation can get confusing, and we oppose things not as a willful act, but just out of habit, the desire to explore new ways of being, or a general attitude we develop as a means of self-preservation. As we mature and come fully into ourselves, we realize that we can also learn how to work within whatever situation or set of circumstances we find ourselves in, and use it to our advantage in whatever way it lends itself to by changing our attitude and perception of it, without compromising ourselves in the process, but actually strengthening our sense of self by maintaining who we are without the need to openly demonstrate it. We can learn how to work in a peaceful and cooperative manner while staying firmly centered in our being.
Part of what helps us recognize the nature and workings of this interrelated dynamic, is by gaining a sense of clarity around our own multidimensional nature. As an individual, we possess both a body and a soul or mind. Our soul can be thought of as the mediator between spirit (non-local mind) and the body (local mind), between the unformed and the formed. The soul is both unformed and fluid-like (adaptable) and formed into a paradigm as a dynamic matrix of information as accumulated memory acquired through its bonding and relationship with the body. The body is a member of the animal kingdom as a species, and though it’s imbued with higher intellectual and creative capacities, it operates fundamentally out of a passive state of the subconscious mind, and is instinctively prone to the behaviors of the species, and is easily trained to behaviors due to its fundamentally passive and receptive state. It doesn’t willfully act on its own behalf, but follows suit with whatever its been taught to do.
The body exists in a fundamental state of animal magnetism as a form of hypnotic trance and can be easily controlled through emotions embedded with suggestions. Any idea delivered with an intense emotion, is readily taken into the mind and developed into a personal reality by continuing to think about it. The most natural way that suggestions come is through various ways of being taught or given information from another that’s readily taken in, accepted as being true and factual that it forms a belief out of that it then acts out in a faithful and predictable manner. The lower mind of the body consciousness, lacking the creative ability to think for itself in novel and individualized manner, accumulates all the ideas its been taught throughout it’s life into a mental paradigm as a somewhat fixed model, that it then uses to perceive and interpret all of life as a by-product of its model. It runs repetitive thoughts through the mind randomly as a form of internal dialoguing that reruns thematic ideas as memory of some form where it’s only creative ability comes from repeating past ideas in the present. The subconscious mind displays a consistent attitude, emotional state, and set of behaviors that keep it locked into the reality of its own making. It lives out of a fundamentally unconscious and instinctive state that’s emotionally driven, and controlled primarily by others and its environment as an interaction and reaction of some form.
The soul on the other hand, has creative abilities and the ability to act willfully to change the perceptions and patterns being automatically acted out by the subconscious. The soul is comprised of memory also, that it obtains through a dual existence with the body, and the memory it acquires through experiences within the body that either develop the soul to be more animal like and apart of the instinctual mind of the species, or to become an individual through it’s ability to think in novel ways, not accept whatever it’s being taught, and through various forms of self-realization, be able to make decisions for itself that it then willfully and purposely acts out by directing the subconscious mind, creating new experiences of itself as an individual. The soul can either be controlled by the desires and environment of the lower mind, that always driven and controlled by its emotional states and instincts, or it can willfully act to use emotions to control the body and use it to create experiences of a higher, willful order. By taming and neutralizing the emotions of the body, the soul can exercise control over it and redirect it from participating in compulsive and mindless actions that produce a series of very undesirable consequences, which, through the experiences they create, become the memory of the soul as its constitution, and can act to degrade and reformulate the soul to be of a lower, unconscious nature.
While the soul has the ability to exercise control over the lower mind of the body, the body also has the ability to control the soul through intense emotional states that can override the reasoning of the soul. Because the soul enters into and becomes one with the body, and often mistakes itself for the body, it doesn’t realize its true identity, and remains unaware of its true power of the will and ability to control and direct itself, and so it resigns its power, and allows itself to be controlled by the body, and renders itself unconscious by creating in an unconscious manner.
Because of this tendency to not realize that we are a soul in a body, and that we can awaken to our true identity and power of our will, the soul can become lost in the illusions of the body born out of its emotional states, and become the same as the body in its nature. It can become an animal that’s a part of the collective unconscious of the earth plane that’s impulsively driven and uses its creative capacities to live a life of delusion, trapped within the reality of its own making, and truly falls from grace as a result, condemned to the life of the body. If, however, we’re able to awaken within the delusion by realizing who we are and understanding our multidimensional nature, we can begin resuming control over the emotions and reactions of the body, while dissolving the delusions it created, and begin commanding the subconscious through deliberate use of the imagination and emotions and redirecting it by exercising original thought, forming virtuous ideas in the mind’s eye that systematically reshape the paradigm of the shared mind, reprogramming it with new ideas as virtual memories.
The most basic way to work through law to transform existing conditions of the body and soul, is by employing the law of sympathy and antipathy, that works through electromagnetism as attraction (absorbing), assimilation (integrating) and repulsion (projecting). It works by stimulating “like” or similar qualities through a form of energetic rapport, or by stimulating the opposite quality necessary to bring the system back into balance by correcting an imbalance. By using the active forces of the same frequency (idea) to enter into (stimulate) and awaken the passive components, reformulating that pattern that’s manifested, and, likewise, by removing attention from ideas that are currently active, returning them to a dormant state, while replacing them with new ideas and activities that change how the mind-body system expresses, and thereby, transforming (heals) the physical result. At the most basic level of the mind, this law of transformation operates through thought and emotion that produces behaviors and activity of biological matter that are structured into patterns. These two are complementary opposites that form a unified reality as a physical manifestation.
All of what we call “reality” as a physical manifestation of some sort is multidimensional in nature and has three fundamental aspects or layers that are combined to form a greater whole. These levels are the invisible or spiritual realm of pure thought as potential ideas, the material as the lower realm where thought manifests as an actual condition or entity as the actualization of the idea, and the medium that binds them together and acts as a mediator that organizes matter of the physical plane into patterns of the spiritual plane with distinct behaviors or functions inherent in them produced by the emotion (energy in motion) as the complementary equivalent of the idea being embodied. Emotion, which always accompanies thought as an idea or pattern as a form of template, can be thought of as the “self-organizing” and animating quality of the idea, that structure and moves the idea as a living entity. On the material plane, thought is passive and doesn’t produce activity or behavior, and emotion is active, bringing the idea into an organized and active state. On the higher plane of the mind, thought is active and emotion is passive. Thought either invokes an emotion in response to it, or emotions form our thoughts as the equivalent of our emotions. When orientating ourselves from the higher level of pure ideas, they exist as truth that couples with emotion to produce it as an actual reality, and when orientating ourselves from the lower level of emotion that enlists thoughts in response to it, we form beliefs as false ideas, which replace truth and fact, while also having the ability to produce the reality of the belief by organizing matter as behaviors of some sort. The combination of the two, thought and emotion, produces the behaviors and the activities we engage in, both in the whole body sense, and at the molecular and cellular level, all of which are operating by the same laws at different levels and scales. Our behaviors and the activities we engage in produce our physical health as the unified expression of thoughts, emotions, and actions. To change the behavior, which is an outcome, we have to work with the psychological and emotional components that are forming and causing it.
The easiest way to do this is by teaching people how to deliberately engage in activities that will produce positive emotions. We can teach them how to use their imagination to present ideas to themselves by combining positive, health promoting ideas to positive and compelling emotions that make them desirable. Then taking the ideas and behaviors that are creating the imbalance as a health problem, and reform how they present these ideas to themselves through their internal representations, making them repulsive and undesirable, while attaching negative emotions to them. The laws governing motivation revolve around polar opposites of pleasure and pain. As a general rule, we move into and towards whatever we perceive as pleasurable, and we move away from or avoid whatever we perceive as painful or disgusting in some way. By remixing this combination and how they’re used to form our internal representations by how we use our imagination to produce an emotional reality by how we present ideas to ourselves, we can reprogram ourselves to health promoting behaviors that are pleasurable that also bring us fully back into a creative position of taking control of our own mind-body system by simply learning how to operate it through the laws that govern it.
Dr. Linda Gadbois
About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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