The energy of life oscillates like a sine wave, going up and down in peaks and valleys similar to the line seen on an ECG (electroencephalograph) machine.
The wave can be erratic, spiking to high peaks and plunging to low depths. Sometimes, it can smooth to an almost flat line.
This energy is expressed in metaphor by the physical engine of a pendulum. The pendulum swings from one extreme to the other, as it goes from side to side.
(Going round in circles is not what I’m describing right now…That’s another story).
In metaphysics, this metaphor is used to describe the active and passive phases in the expression of ‘life force‘.
As the ‘pendulum‘ swings to the extreme of one side or another, we enact periods of greater activity and expression of dynamics.
As the pendulum moves toward the lowest point of its swing, we spend less time being outwardly active and more being inwardly active, (which is physically passive but may not be so passive mentally or emotionally).
The natural law of this energy in the physical world is to maintain momentum. So that once the energy reaches its peak on the outer edge of the swing, it is meant to change direction and move through the lower part of the swing (and through the passive energy phases), until it begins to swing in the other direction, into outward and dynamic activity again.
Amid this motion, we do have some control over what happens. Therefore, we can push the active (at the side, or peak) energy or the passive (at the middle, or valley) energy phases to stay far longer in those positions than they should naturally be doing.
This causes imbalance, and when imbalance happens during the swing, it takes some effort for the ‘pendulum‘ to re-establish rhythm.
Try using a real pendulum hanging from your hand. Set it in motion until it’s swing is going well, and then try to keep pushing it to one side.
Yes, I know this is nigh impossible to do, physically.
(In metaphysical terms there is no such thing as ‘time and space’, so try to think of what happens as if it is showing up more effectively than the fraction of a second it actually seems to do).
You can, however, see the effect I’m talking about when the pendulum breaks from the harmonious swing it had, jerks about and becomes erratic in its swing, because of your forced interruption.
In the terms of our own lives, spending too much time being active and dynamic, and pushing ourselves beyond a need for rest and rejuvenation, can cause physical, mental, or emotional imbalance and setback.
Then ‘something happens‘ (the ‘law of consequences’) to force us to regain balance (and to get the pendulum swinging properly again) – like illness or accident, quarrels that ‘let off steam’, or even dramatic life changes that we didn’t expect.
Getting stuck too long in the passive middle phase of the ‘pendulum swing’ and barely moving at all – perhaps because of fears and worries, lethargy or apathy – can also cause ‘something‘ to happen to establish harmony and balance, as the ‘pendulum‘ tries to get swinging properly again.
The way to avoid these problems and difficulties is to learn to ‘go with the flow‘, to let the ‘pendulum’ swing as it needs to, change direction as it wants to, and to spend only so long at the bottom as it must to get through to the other ‘side‘.
That’s not so easy for most of us to do. It takes a lot of discipline and presence of mind to not only allow yourself to adopt a ‘go with the flow‘ attitude, but to actually do it – to not resist, react, or assert.
It’s human nature to be all or any of these modes at times (resistant, reactive, assertive).
When we are ‘on a roll‘ and in the midst of dynamic activity or thought processes, we don’t always want to stop or change direction. We want to complete the tasks we have set ourselves, finish the projects we began, or resolve a train of thought.
We thus ignore the warning signs and keep on going. That’s when the ‘law of consequences‘ sets in.
I’ve been ignoring my warning signs for some time…
I ignored being tired so I could keep working on my list of tasks. I ignored pain and bruising (I couldn’t even remember how I got it), so I could keep pushing through my work load.
I even ignored the signs that were more ‘in my face’, such as my computer persistently ‘jacking up‘ when I wanted to be doing tasks on it – and such as the damage to my toe after I dropped a lump of roasting meat on it from the fridge (noted in a previous blog) in my hurry to move through a break period to cook a meal and get back to work…
Things came to a head last weekend, when we had our market stall. It’s only once a month, but is always a ‘difficult slog‘ when you’re already taxed by the normal running of things, and because it demands different sets of muscles to be put to work…
(Hiking those heavy marquees and tables in and out of the trailer is quite different to dealing with stock on our shelves).
My hubby was already tired. My son was busy with his lovely daughters for the weekend. So I pushed myself to the limit (or actually past the limit, as it now evidences) by getting only two hours sleep before socking myself into preparation – packing, hauling, setting up, and then ‘spreading the light’ by being engaging with our market visitors all day long.
I made it through the day okay, but by pack up time my brain was in ‘freeze’ mode. I couldn’t remember what went into which box, and could only be thankful that my efforts had given my husband a rest because he was able to take over from that point.
All has come to a head. I was forced to take some time off work. That’s why my blogs came to a halt. Pure exhaustion!
Right now, my pendulum is barely swinging at all…
(Don’t worry, it will circle for a while and come back swinging again, once it has a firm direction in mind. This blog, methinks, is the beginning of that…).
I’m not going to promise I will be as prolific in writing this blog as I have been. (I may or I may not, depending on my ‘swing’). Because, for now, I think it’s far more sensible to ‘go with my flow…‘
Even healers need healing.