the principle of Rhythm
Using The Principle of Rhythm to Increase Your Personal Power
Genesis 2:2 - And on the seventh day God ended his work which He had made; and He rested from all His work which He had made.
The fifth Principle, the Principle of Rhythm, embodies the idea that in everything there is manifested the copulation of Creation. There is an in and out; work and rest; a measured motion; a to and from movement; an outflow and inflow; a swing forward and backward; a pendulum like movement; a tide like ebb and flow between opposing points manifest on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels.
The Swing of the Pendulum
The Principle of Rhythm is closely connected with the Principle of Opposition. Rhythm manifests between the two opposing points established by the Principle of Opposition. This does not mean, however, that the pendulum of Rhythm swings to the extreme points, for this rarely happens. In fact, it is difficult to establish the extreme opposite point in most cases. The swing is always toward first one point and then the other.
There is always an action and reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking in all the affairs and phenomena of the universe. Suns, worlds, humankind, animals, plants, minerals, forces, energy, mind, matter, seasons, weather, the stock market, prices, and even spirit manifest this Principle.
Nothing + Possibility = Creation
The Principle is active in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life history of all beings; and finally in the mental states of humanity.
The copulation of the Nothing and Possibility, Creation's nature, generates Rhythm. Beginning with the manifestations of spirit, it will be noticed that there is the outpouring and the in-drawing; the "exhale and inhale" of Creation's essence.
Universes are created, reach their extreme low point of materiality, and then begin their upward swing. Suns spring into being, and once their height of power is reached, the process of retrogression begins. After eons, they become dead masses of matter, awaiting another impulse to bring their inner energies into activity and to initiate a new solar life cycle. The same is true with all the worlds. They are born, grow and die, only to be reborn. So it is with all things of shape and form. They swing from action to reaction; from birth to death; from activity to inactivity; and then back again. So it is with all living things. They are born, grow and die, and then are reborn.
The same goes for all great movements, religions, philosophies, creeds, fashions, governments, nations, and all else -- birth, growth, maturity, decadence, death -- and then new birth. The swing of the pendulum is always evident. Night follows day and day follows night. The pendulum swings from summer to winter and then back again. The atoms, molecules, and all masses of matter swing around the cycle of their nature.
There is no such thing as absolute rest or cessation from movement. All movement partakes of Rhythm, and the Principle is of universal application. It may be applied to any question or phenomenon of the many levels of life. It may be applied to all phases of life. It may be applied to all phases of human activity. There is always the rhythmic swing from one point to the other. The Universal Pendulum is ever in motion. The Tides of Life flow in and out according to Law.
Rhythm and Science
The Principle of Rhythm is well understood by science and is considered a universal law as applied to material things. Taking it much further is to know that its manifestations and influences extend to the mental activities as well. It accounts for the bewildering succession of moods, feelings, and other annoying and perplexing changes that you notice in yourself. You may learn to escape some of its effect through the use of Psychokinesis.
Maya Angelou on Rhythm:
“love builds up the broken wall
How to Use This Information to Build the Life You Desire
There are generally two levels so far as mental phenomena are concerned, two general levels of consciousness, the lower and the higher. This understanding enables one to rise to the higher level and thus escape the swing of the rhythmic pendulum which manifests on the lower. In other words, the swing of the pendulum occurs on the subconscious level and the consciousness is not affected. This is called the Law of Neutralization. Its operation consists in raising your attention from your lower ego to your higher ego, above the vibrations of the subconscious level of mental activity, so that the negative swing of the pendulum is not manifested in consciousness, thereby escaping its effects.
It's like rising above a force and letting it pass beneath you. In the ocean you can jump above an incoming wave and let its effect pass underneath you. Once learned, you can immerse yourself at the desired point by a process akin to "refusing" to participate in the backward swing. Raise yourself to a fixed position and allow the mental pendulum to swing back along the subconscious level.
All individuals who have attained any degree of self- mastery do this more or less unconsciously. But the masters do this consciously by the use of their Will. They attain a degree of poise and mental firmness beyond belief of the masses who are swung backward and forward on the mental pendulum of moods and feelings.
We have within us the ability to use the Will to raise ourselves above any negative swing of the pendulum by simply using what I call "Power Words". It does not matter which environment we've come from. We all have an idea as to what we desire at any given time and can usually define that with one word. For instance, suppose you get nervous speaking in front of people and you believe that the cure for this is "courage". Then that is the "Power Word" you use. The pendulum has subconsciously swung you to nervous, you, by the use of your Will, utter the word "Courage" and swing the pendulum the other direction towards courage. Simple enough. Try it, let me know how it works for you.
The importance of this will be appreciated by any thinking person who realizes what creatures of moods, feelings, and emotions the majority of people are; and how little mastery of themselves they possess. If you will stop and consider this for a moment, you will realize how much these swings of rhythm have affected you in your life, how a period of high enthusiasm has been invariably followed by an opposite feeling and mood of depression. Likewise, your periods of courage have been succeeded by equal moods of fear. So it has ever been with the majority of people.
Tides of feelings have ever risen and fallen with them, but they have never suspected the cause or reason of the mental phenomena. An understanding of the workings of this Principle will give you the key to the mastery of these rhythmic swings of feelings. You will come to know yourself better, and avoid being carried away by these inflows and outflows. The Will is superior to the conscious manifestation of this Principle, although the Principle itself can never be destroyed. You may escape its effects on one level, but the Principle operates, nevertheless. The pendulum always swings, although you may escape being carried along with it.
Please, Tell Me More
There are other features of the operation of this Principle of Rhythm which need to be discussed.There comes into its operation that which is known as the Law of Compensation. One of the definitions or meanings of the word "compensate" is "to counterbalance," which is the sense in which I use the term. It is this Law of Compensation to which this saying refers: "The measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates."
The Law of Compensation is that the swing in one direction determines the swing in the opposite direction or to the opposing point (those who chart stocks try to determine stock movement in either direction using this methodology). The one balances or counterbalances the other. On the physical level you see many examples of the Law. The pendulum of the clock swings a certain distance to the right and then an equal distance to the left. The seasons balance each other in the same way. The tides follow the same Law. The same Law is manifested in all the phenomena of Rhythm.
The pendulum, with a short swing in one direction, has but a short swing in the other; while the long swing to the left invariably means the long swing to the right. This Law is constant on the physical level and has reference in the natural laws of physics.
Mental states, as well, are subject to the same Law. The person who enjoys intensely is subject to intense suffering; while those who feel little pain are capable of feeling but little joy. There are temperaments which permit little enjoyment and equally little suffering; while there are others which permit the most intense enjoyment, but also the most intense suffering. The rule is that the capacity for pain and pleasure, in each individual, is balanced. The Law of Compensation is in full operation here.
In consideration of the rhythmic swings between pleasure and pain, the degree that one experiences the emotion of pleasure or pain, they will swing as far, proportionately, toward the opposite point of feeling. However, in the case where the pendulum has begun its swing towards pain, by utilizing the Law of Neutralization as previously described, one can escape the pain by rising above the effects of the pendulum as it swings towards that point of feeling. According to the Law of Compensation, you are balancing a degree of pleasure and pain previously experienced either in a present life or in a previous incarnation. This throws a new light on the problem of pain.
Cats Are Not The Only Ones With Multiple Lives
There exists a philosophy that regards the chain of lives as continuous and as forming a part of the overall life cycle of the individual. In consequence, the rhythmic swing, when understood in this way, would be without meaning unless the fact of reincarnation is admitted. Consider for a moment that energy is neither created nor destroyed, and so it is with the life force energizing the soul.
The Law of Compensation plays an important part in the lives of humankind. It will be noticed that one generally "pays the price" of anything they possess or lack. If they have one thing, they lack another. The balance is struck. No one can "have their cake and eat it too." Every situation has its pleasant and unpleasant sides. The things that one gains are always paid for by the things that one loses. The rich possess much that the poor lack, while the poor often possess things that are beyond the reach of the rich. The millionaire may have the inclination toward exquisite dining, but lacks the appetite to enjoy it. He envies the appetite and digestion of the laborer who lacks the wealth and inclinations of the millionaire, but who receives more pleasure from his plain food. Through life, the Law of Compensation is ever in operation, striving to balance and counterbalance, and always succeeding in time even though several lifetimes may be required for the return swing of the Pendulum of Rhythm.
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