Everything in life encompasses the truth that all things that are manifest have two sides, two aspects, two poles; a duality with opposite at each end. Those old paradoxes that have always confounded the minds of mankind are clarified when one understands this principle.
We have always recognized something of the nature of this principle and tried to express it in various statements, maxims or aphorisms
absolute love does not exist, nor does absolute hate, they are relative one to the other like these: “At the same time, everything both is and is not,” “All truths are no more than half-truths,” “All truth is half false,” “Everything has two sides,” “There is an obverse for every reverse,” and so on. The difference that exists between seemingly opposite things is only a question of degree. And they affirm that every pair of opposites can be reconciled.
On the physical plane we find that hot and cold are identical in nature, their only difference being a simple question of degrees. The thermometer indicates degrees of temperature, the lower pole being called “cold” and the higher one called “hot”. Between these two there are many degrees of hot and cold and whichever name we may give them is correct. The same words, “higher” and “lower,” that we are compelled to use are nothing more than the two poles of the same thing — the terms are relative. Light and darkness are also opposite poles of the same thing, with many degrees of variation between the two poles. The musical scale is the same. Leaving one note we arrive at another and so on, the differences being, again, a question of degree. Positive and negative are two polarities of the same thing, between one pole and the other are countless different graduations. Good and bad are not absolute; rather we call one end of a scale good and the other bad, but mean that they are good or bad relative to each other and depending on the value we have given them.
A similar scale occurs on the mental plane. Love and hate are considered diametrically opposed, in total opposition and irreconcilable. However absolute love does not exist, nor does absolute hate — they are relative one to the other. Both are no more than terms applied to two poles of the same thing. Beginning at any point on the scale, you can find “more love” or “less hate” by ascending, or “less love” by descending. This is a certainty that is true regardless of where we start on the scale. Many degrees of both love and hate exist on the spectrum and it could even be said that there is a halfway point where pleasure and aversion are so intermingled that one cannot distinguish them. Sometimes we “love to hate” someone, or “hate to love” someone, which is very true isn’t it?
Different types of things cannot be changed into something else, but a thing can be refined without becoming something else. Therefore love cannot be transformed into east or west, red or
All mental states belong to various classes, each with their opposing poles, and it is their nature that can be transmuted violet. But love can change to hate and equally hate can change to love, simply by changing polarity. Bravery can be transformed into fear and vice versa. Things that are hard can become soft, hot changed to cold, and so on. But it is always things changing by degrees within the range of their own kind.
In the same way love and hate are reciprocal and can be transmuted from one to the other, as can fear and bravery. Fear cannot become love, or change into hate. All mental states belong to various classes, each with their opposing poles, and it is their nature that can be transmuted. It is easy to understand that, just as phenomena on the physical plane, the dual poles of mental states are often classified respectively as positive and negative. Therefore we say that love is positive compared to hate, bravery more positive in energy than fear, activity compared to inactivity, etc.
And it is noticeable that the positive seems to be elevated compared to the negative polarity. Nature tends to flow toward the positive polarity. For example, consider a person who is sad, melancholic and fearful. Someone who understands this mental science elevates his own mental state to the desired degree by skillful exercise of his will in order to obtain the polarization required in his own mental state. Then by induction he can produce a similar mental state in the other person because the intensified vibrations polarize the mind of the depressed individual toward the positive polarity on the scale rather than moving toward the negative.
Understanding this allows a better understanding of our mental states, and those of others also. Further, it becomes apparent that those mental states differ only by degrees, and by understanding this fact we are able to elevate inner vibrations through will, changing their polarity. In this, we become the owner of our thoughts, instead of being enslaved and made servant to them. this knowledge will also allow you to offer assistance to others by using these methods appropriately to change their polarity.