7) Harmony and Balance are the keys to Life. Everything evolves by seeking balance with everything else.
Google harmony and balance and you will find all manner of wonderful esoteric studies and plans to help you find an inner balance. There is very little said, at least on the web regarding the scientific observation that nature in her own right, is always seeking balance in the ecosphere of our very own planet. Look at the stars and the galaxies, and you will see much that would indicate that all move toward finding that balance just to exist. One wonders why our Creator would choose to make this a goal rather than the natural way of things. Yet, all creatures seem caught in a balance wheel seeking the way of harmony.
We are incited by many Holy Books to believe that the Universe was once in balance and something knocked it for a loop. The are those who teach that man is the one who knocked things out of balance and others who teach that it happened much earlier in time and space than the point at which we came onboard as a species. There are even teachings that we were created to try to help put things back in balance, (whooo, that failed badly if that was the case!) However, no matter which origin stories you hold dear, it remains that our world’s dynamic is to seek balance, it is, then, this balance that supports life on Terra.
Saddest, however, is that we humans seem to have lost the natural grasp of balance, if we ever had it, and now must find our way to living our lives in a manner that seeks balance in even the smallest things, such as how much food to take into our bodies, and how much sleep to get in a 24 hour period in order to stay at optimum for as long as possible. As we move from an agrarian society through mechanics into a technical society we find we must teach ourselves much about how to maintain the simple balances of eating, breathing and sleeping.
In order to grow in spirit, we also need to learn how to maintain a balance in life. It is easy for the ascetic to have the wonderful mountain top experience and “find God” there. It is not so easy to maintain that sense of the divine in the traffic patterns on Monday morning. Yet, G-d is not distant when we are in traffic, in fact, unless I am mistaken, the Angels that guard us are more present there than on the mountaintop. I hope so, we certainly need them.
If I understand Spirit correctly, here, it is not on the mountain top that we grow, it is in the valley, in the traffic that we are stretched and pulled in order to remain calm and cheerful in the midst of anger and futility on the part of those with whom we travel. One of the toughest points of balance is the one that applies internally, learning to be less harsh with ourselves will help us to be more compassionate with others.