Storms of Balance

March 25th, 2007

The Equinox is a time of storms and balance. It is said in the Northern Hemisphere that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb, and vice-versa. Periods of Balance, like times around the Equinoxes, are very turbulent.

Seasons of the earth cycle between the extremes of summer and winter. The Equinox occurs in the middle between those two extremes, so it is always a period of great change. What does this tell us about the nature of balance and how to achieve and maintain it?

I always thought balance was an ideal state of stability. I thought that if we focus on balancing our lives, it would lead to peace and tranquility. This year, though, I have thought more about the nature of balance during the Spring Equinox that just occurred a few days ago. March is one of the most turbulent months of the year, yet it is the month of the Equinox.

The image that appeared to me is that of a see-saw in perfect balance. Normally, the see-saw cycles between one extreme and the other. When I was a child, I always tried to get the see-saw to balance itself. I would adjust my position and my friend’s. I even tried to stand in the middle by myself, with one leg on each side of the fulcrum. It was extremely difficult to balance a see-saw, and that state of balance was always short-lived. Note that this was done with the old-style see-saws that were simple levers with a single fulcrum, not the newer ones I’ve seen in playgrounds with springs that artificially keep the “see-saw” balanced when not in use.

This taught me that to seek balance in life does not really bring tranquility and stability. It brings turbulence, change and growth. Balance is the delicate Smooth Point on the edge of a blade. When I approach balance in an area of life, that is a time that I see more volatile changes in that area. When I am unbalanced in an area of life, that is when I see less volatility. For example, I am in the process of losing weight. There are times when my weight seems to be in balance, when it naturally stabilizes itself at a certain level. It is during these times that I might gain or lose 2-4 pounds in a single day and do the opposite the next. When my weight is dropping, it is not in balance. It also does not change much, but only drops 1/2 to 1 pound per day. This confused me for much of my weight loss, but now after losing weight for a year, I have learned this to be normal and it doesn’t worry me anymore like it used to. I’ve learned to expect this and focus more on the trend rather than on the day-to-day fluctuations.

For a larger context of the storms of balance, take the middle class of society. The middle class is a class of people who are socio-economically at the balance point between rich and poor. If you listen to the media, you will constantly hear about the stresses placed upon the middle class. It’s like there are forces trying to make each middle class family either rich or poor, and not let them stay in the middle. If you look into history, you see that the middle class is a relatively short-lived phenomenon in most parts of the world. It appears for a while in a country or city and then disappears as many become poorer and some become richer. Being middle class is economically very volatile for people, in a way that being rich or poor is much less so.

Achieving balance is an important goal for all people who wish to grow. It is the path that leads upwards toward ascension. It is also, though, a very volatile and precarious state to be in. It is the middle pillar that leads to the higher levels from this earth plane of extremes. To walk the path of the middle pillar, the path of balance, is to walk the fine line. Remember to have faith that while you walk it, the Gods and spirits are guiding you and will help you see through the difficulties.

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