Friday, January 13, 2017

Emerson's Polarity

Our own Polarity

We are seeking what we own
known as Polarity..
In simplest sense
it is this:
Self / self..
Our Self is Awareness
impersonal and infinite
which most see as veiled
darkening our luminosity..
Small self we seem
small self and world..
We respond to the question:
Who am I?
with small replies
limitations and roles
unstable undulations  
searching in darkness
looking in desperation
 to smooth and soothe..
Direct recognition awaits:
Self dissolving self to reveal
Our own Polarity...

POLARITY, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of waters; in male and female; in the inspiration and expiration of plants and animals; in the equation of quantity and quality in the fluids of the animal body; in the systole and diastole of the heart; in the undulations of fluids, and of sound; in the centrifugal and centripetal gravity; in electricity, galvanism, and chemical affinity. Superinduce magnetism at one end of a needle; the opposite magnetism takes place at the other end. If the south attracts, the north repels. To empty here, you must condense there. An inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole; as, spirit, matter; man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay.

Whilst the world is thus dual, so is every one of its parts. The entire system of things gets represented in every particle. There is somewhat that resembles the ebb and flow of the sea, day and night, man and woman, in a single needle of the pine, in a kernel of corn, in each individual of every animal tribe. The reaction, so grand in the elements, is repeated within these small boundaries. For example, in the animal kingdom the physiologist has observed that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect. A surplusage given to one part is paid out of a reduction from another part of the same creature. If the head and neck are enlarged, the trunk and extremities are cut short.   ~~~Ralph Waldo Emerson (Compensation)

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