“Balance applies to us on cosmic, biological, and personal levels – to our body, mind and emotions – reminding us that anything we do, we can overdo or underdo, and that if our internal pendulum swings to one side, it will inevitably swing to the other”.
For me this law, or rather the practicing of it brings closer the width of experience and allows us to discover the depth of experience. The word games I play are part of the ‘naming’ of the depth areas on the pendulum when you bring them closer into balance, rather than swinging wildly from one extreme point to another. That’s not to say balance isn’t an energy field on its own. It’s not static as we might presume. It is, a deeply, powerfully resonating energy rather like the power in employing the law of flexibility.
He discusses that each of us need to find our own ‘middle ground’ and that for most it involves learning from the experiences of swinging out to the polarities. This may be why some think they find ‘peace’ after/by/through ‘suffering’. Balance and the other laws allow us to recognise and express the peace within that which one could ‘suffer’ from; and a deep experience of the state.
He notes that a special application of the law of balance is in the actions of giving and receiving. Some of this harks to biblical parables and other cultural “mysteries” (in my own understanding) we receive that which we give. It is finely attuned to the law of Expectation though. Conditional giving with expectation of return “has a hook-like energy that curtails higher energy or repels the desired results”.
I love this observation of balance and it is maybe what is misunderstood in the LOA at times and funny that he uses the word ‘Secret’ again:
“The secret of giving and receiving is that whatever we feel we need is really a message from our deeper self telling us what we most need to give”.
For me this harks to deeper experiences of things like: judge not, lest you also be judged; why mention the splinter in your brother’s eye and not see the log in your own; if a man would steal your coat, give him also your shirt; and what you are without, you are within.
Mastering balance is central to most spiritual development paths, but again it is not a passive or stagnant energy – it is sublimely alive, as expressive, in depth as the energy of a volcano. Enthusiasm in balance is beyond yum. In numerological terms it’s the 5 in the middle of the universe, it is freedom from and freedom to and balancing all of the laws effortlessly.
My mind picture of this is not the blindfolded lady passively and silently standing holding the ‘scales of justice’ steady and unmoving, it is a (near) naked human, arms outstretched, palms in receiving mode, face to the heavens yelling YES to the universe, while shaking in their boots in trepidation/humility.
(hehehe… you thought they had a loin cloth on didn’t you?)
HH the Dalai Lama, for me, personifies balance in spiritual development extremely well, and many of the other ‘laws’ on the outside visible for all to see and appreciate, even if we don’t know what that ‘energy’ is.
If you feel out of kilter in any situation – look to both extremes before settling in what would be the middle and take the stance above for experiential understanding. (if you’re game).
Another area of balance in giving and receiving is that usually 'value' is perceived by the giver, not the receiver. eg the govt giving the 'price' of land/house and taking someone's home may not be considered 'balanced' in the receiver's view. In more ancient cultures there is an understanding of reciprocity that doesn't necessary mean a two way trade - one can 'give' and the 'receiver' may 'give' elsewhere in order to keep the balance, but always there is balance.