The 4th assumption of my book is that there are 3 possible ways of relating: 1-negatively, 2-positively and 3-neutrally or through emptiness.
As was mentioned in an earlier post, negative (-) energy is destructive while positive (+) energy is creative/nurturing. There is no “good” or “bad” in this context because there is no assignment of relative value; there is no value judgement. Underlying the concepts of good and bad is the idea of desirability. The good is desirable and the bad is undesirable. We want to get or attract the good and avoid the bad. Good is something we want and bad is the opposite.
The problem with this logic is that it is impossible for our unenlightened minds to know one thing without knowing its opposite. If we want to know good, we must also know bad as good and bad create a context for the experience of each other. If you want to taste sweet you must taste sour, if you’ve had something very sour, you can enjoy something very sweet. If you want to be happy, you will have to have experienced sad. Impossible to have one and not the other. So these opposites are like 2 sides of a single coin. They are NOT 2 distinct things. They exist together and depend on each other for their existence. As this is all true, how can one be “good” and the other “bad?” As if you could only have the good one. If you try to avoid the bad one, you’re shutting yourself away from the good one. Further, if you try to avoid the bad, you have a relationship with the bad and thus you continue to experience it. You are in the state of ‘trying to avoid the bad,’ and this is not the same as the state of ‘enjoying the good.’ So what does judging them as good and bad do for you or what does it even mean? Nothing.
Accept the (+) and (-) energies without judging or attaching to either. They are both necessary anyway. One day, after you achieve emptiness,in this lifetime or another, you will be beyond the duality and this discussion will cease to be meaningful to you. So these are the three ways of relating: (+), (-), and neutrally. neutrally is emptiness. It’s like not relating because “you” (ego) don’t exist to relate. It’s when you ARE the world rather than relating to something outside you. It’s quite advanced. In the beginning, we focus on relating positively and channeling (+) energy.
Why? Why do this when I just said not to judge either? Because this is what we do. We do it cause its natural. Cause its right. A plant grows towards the sun. It doesn’t try or even know it’s doing it. We know what we are doing. We must learn to use our egos to outgrow our egos. We must strive towards the positive until we don’t need to strive anymore. Until we outgrow the duality. Law #2 in my book is the law of karma. It says, “energy out comes back.” Whatever energy we manifest or channel will affect us. Just knowledge of that alone is enough for anyone without neurological disability to choose the positive. Life is sustained by life. Life doesn’t strive towards death.
I should mention that another, more primal, “level” of (+) and (-) is heaven and earth. In this case, the energies are not creative and destructive, they are creative and nurturing. Heaven is (+), initiating and creative while earth is nurturing. Both these energies are necessary for life as we know it. In this “level” both energies are (+). Frankly I have not worked out yet how it’s true that (-) energy could be positive (nurturing) on one level and negative (destructive) on another, but it is true. It’s just a matter of how you look at Truth and Reality. These discussions aren’t the thing, they are just models or help-aides to point to the thing just like a finger points to the moon, you use the finger to know where to look, but the moon is the thing. Just like a teacher is not the thing. The teacher is only worthy if he can help you along the path to the thing.
Relate positively to the world around you and watch the results. This means no anger, no fear. It means you express your authentic inner self and strive to be your “best.” There are many lessons built into this discussion that need to be pulled out and discussed later. For now, realize the most powerful thing you can do in your life is to deliberately chose to relate positively.