Musing on Bias and Polarity

Posted on July 3, 2012

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I was going through some old files and found this piece I wrote while ago, so thought it should be shared…

Written around 1/4/2011

On Earth, we have the great blessing of both polarities. We have the option of choosing to align ourselves with either faction of the greater unity that is “All That Is”. Either we choose to serve the self or others.

These choices are offered at every turn, often the choice is made unconsciously. It is the work of the adept to see the choice offered and then to consistently and willfully choose.

A child sees a toy. The child becomes aware of an attraction to the toy, curiosity perhaps, but a wanting for experience is born. The child wishes to experience an interaction with the object. What is it that attracts the child to the toy and not any other object?

The child decides to reach for the object. It may take more than one attempt to make contact but eventually the child has the toy in its hands.

The experience may be one of pure pleasure and delight if the toy is appropriate for the child, pleasing to the senses of the child. The experience maybe one of tragedy if the toy is not appropriate and the experience causes injury to the child.

The mind of the child will then use the information it has received through the experience for future reference.

Suppose the child has a positive experience with the toy. It may then associate toys in general with the potential for positive experience. The alternative may be true if injury occurred. Of course, this learning is a slow process at first; the categorizing or association of experiences becomes the biases within the child.

One child has a puppy that brings him much joy and peace. The child grows to love animals, thinking them helpful and pleasant. Another child is bitten at a young age and grows to believe the antithesis. One has a bias toward the love of animals while the other has a bias of fear toward animals.

Once a bias is born, an offering of the bias’ opposite will be made so that the child who loves animals will be given the opportunity to experience a fear of animals, where the child who fears will be offered the opportunity to love animals. The balancing of these biases can be done in the mind without the need for physical experience, however if this is not achieved mentally, it will be offered physically.

Every time the child sees a toy, it may remember the experiences it has had previously with the object. If the child has biases built toward toys, then it will begin to perceive the catalyst in a somewhat distorted fashion in direct proportion to the biases perceived. In other words, let us take the child who has a positive bias toward the toy.

When this child perceives catalyst that resembles a toy, the child’s immediate reaction may be one of happiness or excitement, for the mind makes the association between toy and positive experience for the child, thus providing the motivation necessary to further explore the idea of a toy.

To understand the idea of polarity as being a choice it is well to remember that you are offered these choices constantly whether or not you are consciously aware that a choice was offered or made.

Let us add a layer of complexity to our example.

Our child has a companion child to play with. Again a toy is offered as catalyst to both children. At first, both children may reach for the toy at the same time and they grasp one side each. Both children wish to experience the toy at the same time. Each child has a choice, either continue reaching toward the experience of that toy, or the allowing of the other child to experience the toy.

When there is the illusion of one toy and two children, the idea of sharing comes into play. The ability for both children to experience the toy is available to both, however the timing of the experience may be dependant on the reaching of others.

The child who is aware of the reaching of another may see this choice as one between the joy and pleasure of playing with the toy itself and the joy and pleasure the other child will receive through the experience with the toy.

The children may fight over the toy if both decided that each self should possess the toy at the same moment, a struggle over the toy may manifest. Usually the child who’s will to experience the toy is greater will have a greater chance of experience since the other child will likely give up sooner as it is less important to it.

The children may take turns experiencing the toy or they may choose to experience the toy together.

One child may see the desire so strong within the other child that it will relinquish its desire for the toy in lieu of satisfying the desire of the other child.

These choices too begin to set up internal biases within the child as it relates to other children.

When the choice is between the self and others, the child may experience the choice of both paths, before deciding that sharing is best for it and the other child, while another may see that using the physical strength of the self to overpower the other child is the best way for the self.

The offering of service to self or others can be found in the smallest and seemingly insignificant decisions or global ones. Let us use this simple example:

A woman carries water from one end of town to the other in jars that hang on either side of a large stick balancing on her shoulders. On her walk back home she sees an old man who is obviously thirsty. If she is polarized toward other selves, she may stop and offer the man some water out of love, grateful that she has the ability to carry water for herself.

Another woman carries water and sees the same man. Though aware of his seeming need, the woman is grateful for her own water, never thinking to share what is hers for if he was in need, he would get it for himself. She had to get the water herself, why should she share that which she worked so hard to obtain.

We are offered situations over and over so that we may experience similar events from many angles so as to choose an appropriate pattern of behavior that is most closely aligned to the self. We may at first feel that we must look out for ourselves above all else. The way for survival is to do what is best for the self at any cost.

Overtime, however we may see that what is best for one may not be also best for all. This awareness may change how we perceive every situation. We may then decide that although the self is important to preserve, ALL selves are more important. Therefore the individual may choose to serve others whenever asked for the survival of all is paramount.

Such a simple understanding can change the world from one of separation to one of unity.

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