On being in two minds
Conflict is the product of duality. And since duality exists throughout nature, the opportunities for conflict are infinite-as are the opportunities for peace. For dissonance and harmony, opposition and concordance, balance and imbalance are conceivable only in the presence of polarity. Destruction, like creation, arises from the juxtaposition of opposing forces, and so basic are these contrapuntal oppositions to the fabric of our universe that consciousness and life itself would be inconceivable without them. Deprived of the co-ordinates-vertical and horizontal, north and south, east and west, above and below, left and right, back and forth, past and future-who could achieve orientation in space and time? And how could the Self, that dynamic mandala at the core of the human soul, ever become incarnate?