Gender/Generation — Seventh of the Seven Hermetic Laws
by Bruce Rawles
(This article was excerpted and adapted from the upcoming book, "The Geometry Code: Symbolic Wisdom of Natural Laws Within Us" by Bruce Rawles, available soon from Elysian Publishing. This is the fourth of eight articles; you might want to first read the initial article in the series and the prior article on the Law of Mentalism and Law of Correspondence, Law of Vibration and the Law of Rhythmand the Law of Cause & Effect to get the context for this one.
The Law of Gender/Generation (Unfoldment, Evolution, Yin/Yang, Blessing, Gratitude, Abundance, Family, Community, Root and Offspring, Like Begets Like, Compassion, Kindness, Empathy, Forgiveness, Release, Allowing, Awe, Non-resistance, Integrity, Fusion) — Keyword: Gratitude
The seventh of the seven laws or principles is given the name Gender or Generation in the Kybalion, along with the phrase:
"Gender is in everything; Everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes." — The Kybalion
"… here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)…" Michael Hedges, Taproot from a poem by E.E. Cummings
Roots, Generators, Propagators —
Divergence of Form and Convergence of Spirit
In our 3D 'reality', what we call life generally requires the fusion or union of male and female elements to initiate a viable individual to propagate a new member of a species. Even in the mineral and plant kingdoms, one can identify masculine and feminine principles working together for the evolvement of an individual, family or community structure. For example, salt crystals build by accretion of sodium and chloride ions that have positive and negative charges — gender polarized archetypes, in a sense. In the plant kingdom, the morphology of growth usually involves both radial or circular (feminine) symmetries and expansion such as the circumferential growth rings of a tree, simultaneous with linear or angular (masculine) extension such as the gradually lengthening height of a tree and each of its cylindrical branches and recursive stems. With careful observation, any form of biological life can be seen as composed of male and female attributes.
All life that occupies form, space and time exhibits divergence, division and fragmentation. The classic example from genetics is that we have two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, ad infinitum. It would seem that there's a population explosion reaching backwards in time with the magnitude of our lineage moving toward the infinite, or at least more folks that presumably have ever been on this planet at one time! I've never figured out how to reconcile that one, have you? :-) Even within our own bodies, the process of cell division keeps multiplying the number of original cells until we walk around with several trillion cells! We're good at multiplying even if we don't care for math!
"All multiplication happens by division of the wholeness ... All centers are one."
— Foster Gamble
The characteristics of the parents (whether they be humans, cells or thoughts) tend to carry forth in the next generation. It's easy to see examples of this genetic and morphogenic momentum in the realm of form, yet the other Hermetic Laws (in particular Mentalism and Cause & Effect) remind us that it applies equally to the formless. Ideas also follow Newton's First Law: "An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force." The "offspring" (effect) of an idea (cause) tends to follow the pattern of its ancestry, or in other words, we'll know them by their fruits. If we want a particular outcome, we have to work with the corresponding root stock which involves both thought (masculine principle) and feeling (feminine principle). The degree of harmony between these gender elements determines the quality, potency and viability of the result.
"Thoughts held in mind reproduce after their kind. It's the nature of thinking. What we hold in our mind reproduces itself in the reality of our life and our experience."
— Mary Manin Morrisey, author of Building Your Field of Dreams
What is the 'take home lesson' for this law? If we practice internal serenity born from matched thoughts and feelings of ease, we will generate more of the same in a cumulative manner. This seventh law incorporates and consummates the potential of all the other six laws. We recognize that all exists within our minds (Mentalism — there's nothing outside us) and we have both masculine and feminine qualities within our minds with which to create reality or fabricate our Universe at our whim. We observe the law of Correspondence that reminds us that the 'as above, so below; as within, so without' principle also includes the pair of gender archetypes in any interaction or communication. Light (electromagnetic energy — a perfect example of the law of Vibration) is composed of both electrical (masculine) and magnetic (feminine) aspects. Without both of these fields expanding and collapsing in their coherent (phase conjugate) dance, we would be in literal darkness. The law of Polarity is embodied in the seemingly opposed sides of the gender scale; the voidance or neutralization of these pairs gives rise to synthesis or the birth of a new form. This dynamic cycle of tension and release follows the law of Rhythm (which Walter Russell described as "Rhythmic balanced interchange between all givings and regivings") according to natural cycles of ebb and flow. And the properties of the offspring (Effect) inevitably mirror the Cause (conceptual underpinnings) of any idea or species.
Mastermind Generation —
Enlisting an Inner Advisory Council for Support and Guidance
"The way to get things done is to not mind who gets the credit for doing them."
— Benjamin Jowett, British theologian and classicist.
Numerous books have been written about organizational dynamics and how powerful it can be to have resonant intention, disciplined focus and benevolent rapport brought to bear on a shared vision or goal. Successful corporations and non-profit groups around the world know how to benefit from the practice of assembling a team to work through and beyond interpersonal issues. They give attention to the needs of the greater community. When this is achieved, a group can go beyond the finite edges and boundaries of self in the limited and limiting sense and do things no individual could dream of doing, whether it be the landing on the moon, designing the next iPhone, solving global energy issues through efficient transportation, broadcasting innovative farming practices around the planet or sharing a concert with millions at once. Sustainability is the result of consistent application of both technical (head — masculine) and cultural (heart — feminine) best practices with full cooperation, communication and communion; breakthrough momentum to unprecedented performance happens after sustained application becomes automatic, organic and intrinsic.
We don't have to form a physical board of directors or book a conference room for a face-to-face meeting to apply this principle. Whenever we tune into the enduring qualities, inner strengths and eternal attributes in others (be they friends, family members, colleagues or whatever) we can gratefully share their qualities, strengths and attributes because they are not limited to space or time any more than we are. On a physical level, giving something to someone else usually implies loss or sacrifice on the part of the giver in order for the receiver to gain. On a mental level, however, giving always reinforces and benefits both giver and receiver. So when we adopt the beneficial qualities of another, we not only make them our own, we strengthen the meme, pattern or idea of the originator. We dissolve separation. We are all designed to be contributors, the "secret" to feeling gratitude and abundance. When we are practicing our best ABCs (altruistic, benevolent and charitable), we mobilize the universal goodwill of the Bodhisattva perspective (when the observer becomes the observed through transpersonal forgiveness.) The "outside world" disappears when an athlete delivers a peak performance (their gift) or an artist is so engaged that there is no separation from their vision and their expression. We can do this at any time by merely seeing the unlimited spirit in 'others' as being indistinguishable from the same spirit in ourselves. This doesn't mean that we ignore the ephemeral sensory information we receive; it just means that the underlying feeling is that who we all are, together as one, beyond our bodily disguises, is what is most important. This is the crucial vantage point that permits true forgiveness to work miracles.
"One cannot see well except with the heart, the essential is invisible to the eyes."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
This need not be limited to just mundane goals, although it works wonderfully for that as well. Applying our inner mastermind group to the practice of inspiration, community and companionship that is not bound by temporal or spatial constraints is where this idea really shines. If you call upon those you greatly admire for particular qualities within yourself, you strengthen those quality in them (in your mind, which is where they exist anyway), in yourself, and in your associations or relationships to them. It doesn't even matter if they happen to be in physical form (e.g. Jeshua, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Einstein and his first wife, Hypatia — pick your favorite inspiration) or even if they ever were! For example, I sometimes draw upon Pogo possum's whimsical quip of "We have met the enemy and they is us," although I quickly (after using that idea to release anyone 'else' from any condemnation) apply and concentrate on the complementary wisdom of our transpersonal self which suggests that we've met our Friend and this is truly our identity. The spirit of wholeness is an infallible guide for decision making, as well as THE perfect mentor for demolishing any illusion of loneliness or specialness. With this awareness, we gratefully acknowledge that we have more support and true kinship than we could possibly imagine.
"J said, "when you make the two into one, you will become children of Adam, and when you say, 'Mountain, move from here!" it will move."
— Gary Renard from Pursah's Gospel of Thomas in Your Immortal Reality
When we allow the virtues of our inner mastermind group to infuse us with what we seem to lack, we're really just seeding our awareness with the idea that we've had those strengths all along. The key ingredient is trust! Relying on wisdom beyond ourselves can seem to require enormous courage, yet this will is ours whenever we accept the underlying premise that we are not just finite little separate chunks of the cosmos, but rather an awareness that is a state of eternal intercourse with all that is. The thought system that proclaims we're victims of circumstance, doomed to oblivion in a less-than-wonderful speck of space-time is the same one that resists the irresistible truth that we ARE all one being, whole essence, forever free of self-imposed constraints. If we put a tourniquet on our natural impulse toward compassion, joy, caring and gratitude for the gifts that each equal soul brings into our life, then we're imposing frustration on the intrinsic release that our friends are offering us at every turn. Each moment is a gift of eternity, if we just let go of our own prejudices, forgive our misperceptions, embrace the essence of whoever appears in front of us as truly WITHIN us, then we are masters of the law of generation, free to return home with our siblings.
The Ultimate Goal Beyond Goals: Real Peace
There's nothing wrong with Rumi poems, rose petals and romantic passion, yet what our heart of hearts longs for is real peace — unshakeable, infinitely sustainable, conflict-transcending peace. We are all so fortunate, because that IS our birthright and our eternal inheritance! We sometimes get glimpses of this inevitable return to the embrace of our creator when we let go of our mental fixations, human dramas, and personal stories long enough to allow the ever-present peace of our creator to wash over us.
The typical approach of the conventional upside-down attitude is to find solace by trying to make the effect the way we think we want it — whether it be in the form of external relationships, situations, or bodily health and function (and the myriad of magic formulas we concoct to try to maintain it such as nutrition, exercise, environment, etc.) If there was a physical practice (or lack thereof) or optimum mix of situations that truly released us from our burdens, we would have found it by now, having spent countless lifetimes trying about every permutation possible! :-) At some point, we will be ready to open our hearts and minds to the fact that what is going on around us (and our remarkably crazy attempts to direct this) is never going to bring us lasting happiness. Our willingness to heal our minds (where the true healing happens) invariably involves healing our relationships to others as we drop the boundaries that appear to separate us.
When we reverse the world's thinking and put Cause before Effect, we become immediately empowered with both aspects of our natural unlimited generating capability, male and female. We discover that both the masculine principle (thought) and the ever-intertwined feminine principle (feeling) are within us and under our direction; subject to our choice of thought system. When we identify with our transpersonal being, the thoughts and feelings of relaxation, ease and gratitude integrate, synthesize, and converge toward the healing of unity: oneness. When we identify with our finite, personal existence, we toil in the frustrating realm of appearances where some measure of imbalance (whether male or female, it doesn't matter) appears to be outside ourselves, forever just out of reach like the proverbial carrot on a stick dangling in front of us. The transpersonal, forgiving, compassionate perspective brings the multitude of diverse and opposing phenomena to a quiet stillness, in a state including, yet beyond balance, since our real non-dual nature is neither male nor female.
"No matter what you are doing, keep the undercurrent of happiness. Learn to be secretly happy within your heart in spite of all circumstances."
— Paramahansa Yogananda
"The true realism, always and everywhere, is that of the poets: to find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all."
— Robert Louis Stevenson
"It's not only that the emperor has no clothes, there's no emperor."
— Kenneth Wapnick, from Form vs. Content: S** and Money audio program.
"Get into the spirit of the state desired by assuming the feeling that would be yours were you already the one you want to be."
— Neville, Feeling is the Secret, p. 109
In the material universe, balance is attained and polarization discharged by those who appear to temporarily have more, giving to those who appear to temporarily have less. In truth, of course, we are all one, beyond space, time, matter, energy and form, and ALL ARE ALL and HAVE ALL. So even though we APPEAR to be deficient (to an infinite degree!) if we identify with form, bodies and the stories that accompany them, we're all already in possession of an infinite supply. The more we identify with our true unlimited nature, the more we dispel the fears, frustrations and folly of extrinsic thinking. Let go, trust the infinite and allow the blessings present here and now to integrate!
Everyone we've ever loved, or will ever love, or love now resides within us; they live within our heart. As challenging as it may seem, we already are 'home'… we're just mentally retracing a path we've already followed. This is why following our inner guidance is accompanied by a deep sense of relief and ease; we were designed to follow this path of least inner resistance.
"What we forgive becomes a part of us, as we perceive ourselves."
— A Course In Miracles, Workbook Lesson #350
Forgiveness — the true forgiveness that doesn't try to make space-based and time-based illusions real and then cancel them out, but the sort that overlooks what was never there because it WAS never there (a momentary blip in eternity) — dissolves the veils of separation, and restores the peace and comfort that transcends words. Having stated that, gratitude is a word that approximates a hint of that feeling; not appreciation based on any kind of comparison, situation or condition, but a thankfulness that encompasses all and can only relate to complete inclusion; no thing and no one is left out. There is nothing and nobody to cause any disturbance of this awareness, because all IS included.
Gratitude, generosity of spirit, and inclusive sharing all go together. As an example of a life-changing event for me that happened a few years ago, in 2003 I got a phone call from someone I'd never met (at least in this 'lifetime') who had seen my website and asked me to give some presentations at a conference. The pivotal nudge that provided me has propagated and generated in countless ways during the ensuing years. Not only did my passion for sacred geometry find a superb outlet through the venue of this global conference, but many of the hundreds of friends I met there I continue to keep in touch with, sharing insights, joys and help, deepening kinship and extending the reach of our ideas by mutual support and social networking.
If you ever doubt the generating, propagating effect of a simple act of kindness (or just need a boost of encouragement to continue your spiritual journey with patience, compassion and charity of heart), there are a couple of movies I recommend. Both of these films show that we have only the tiniest glimpse of the benevolent effect that sharing goodwill and happiness offer in the unimaginably vast network of interactions, even on the most mundane of levels.
The first is a decades-old classic called It's a Wonderful Life"." In this film, we learn how we often forget that our contributions positively affect so many around us, particularly in ways we haven't the slightest clue about. Once again, we see the virtue of trust and maintaining confidence in our inner guidance despite the temptations to discouragement.
The second is a short film featured via Spiritual Cinema Circle, entitled "Right Here, Right Now." This international gem shows how even the most seemingly inconsequential choices (both positive and negative) can have far-reaching repercussions and generations of cause/effect linkages. The film also shows how the motives of encouragement, compassion and kindness save the day!
"A miracle contains the gift of grace, for it is given and received as one. And thus it illustrates the law of truth the world does not obey, because it fails entirely to understand its ways. A miracle inverts perception which was upside-down before, and thus it ends the strange distortions that were manifest. Now is perception open to the truth. Now is forgiveness seen as justified." — A Course In Miracles, Workbook
Yin-Yang Diameter Fractal — a geometric metaphor
The accompanying illustration shows a nested variation on the familiar "Yin-Yang" shape, which traditionally represents male (with its intrinsic embedded anima female) and female (with its intrinsic embedded animus male.) In this image, we see how each of two circles in the largest pair also has a generating (and/or comprising) pair within it. This fractal pattern represents not only physical genetics and ancestry, but also the genius (same root word as generous, genii and genuine) of seeing that all of creation is nested inside us — there is nothing we lack because all of our ancestors are brought to integrity within. This moment, this now, is the culmination of our life's work, our quest for understanding if we but embrace the totality, encompassing all seemingly divergent opposites by listening to our conscience. Let's allow ourselves to be part of the flow of life by being willing to help birth what always was into our awareness.
Another truth depicted by this symbol is that men have both male and female aspects, and women have both male and female aspects. In reality, we're beyond space and time where all dualistic concepts reside, so we reflect the aspects of both genders in time, yet neither in eternity. One may find great peace in that realization! Light is neither male nor female; it does not experience time, space or other dimensional attributes. We ARE light. Balance (as with all 7 symbols) is found in the center still point. As one last reminder in this series of articles, the meaning underlying the symbol is where the importance is, not the particular symbol or its form.
The cross section of a torus or donut shape is two identical circles that just touch. The contact point between the two smaller circles is the singularity of non-dual, quintessential balance. If you picture the graphic above with all but the outermost circle and two largest inscribed circles remaining, you see the epitome of two paradigms; the outermost circle (our true joyous unlimited nature which embraces all seeming dualities and polarities, including gender) … and the two inner circles, each of which appears incomplete from the partial perspective of "glass half full" or "not seeing the forest for the trees." Yes, we can choose inclusion instead of exclusion, realizing that we're all the forest, the full glass and the infinitely large circle that includes all.
"How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy. It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout. The courteous gesture increases one's respect for others. To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight." — Dorothy Day
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