Woke up, and realized that loss is the same as gain…

yingoly  yangoly 1Just, wait a minute and hear me out. You know there are always two sides to one coin and that coin is still money, even if you are on the heads side or whether you are on the tail side. What difference does it make which way it lands? The only reason we think we lose is because we are so invested in one side or another that the fall of the coin becomes an emotional experience that ties us into choices of wins or losses.

I’ve noticed very large losses of physical money appearing on my ledger, however, with them are also coming some very big gains in non-physical value. I’m finishing up the Master’s program. I’m getting ready to sell my house. Eventually, the cycle will have to follow through so those losses in physical money, that went to non-physical gains, will have to come back into physicality again and the gain will be as big as I allow it to be. That’s what I think. The only thing that can stop it is my emotional investment in one side or another. That’s where we get stuck. So, it appears, if you want to be very wealthy you are going to also have to have a high tolerance for risk and loss. Otherwise, you could end up getting stuck on the very big loss side as the cycle goes back and forth because of trauma.

I think the best explanation I can give is to take a look at the mandala of the ying-yang symbol. All of reality is made up of dual elements. There is nothing in our present reality that doesn’t have this feature. Duality is a basic component of physical reality. Positive charges must always have negative balancing charges, and so on, for them to be a balanced whole. The ying-yang symbol illustrates this very well. Now, both sides are mirror copies of each other. One side could be thought of as physical, objective, reality and the other side could be thought of as non-physical, subjective, reality. Say, the left is subjective and the right is objective. Now, imagine that this ying-yang symbol is painted on the floor and you are standing at the tail end of right side. What do you see? Loss all around you. Everywhere around you is abundance, but you see lack. You don’t recognize that you are only standing on one portion of the cycle and that it has to shift. If you get traumatized, you just stay right there crying your eyes out. But, if you take action, you can start to shift out of that loss into the gains that either in the objective arena. What’s interesting is that in that spot of lack, right next to it is the spot of ultimate gain in the subjective nature of our internal spirit Self. When we lose everything that’s when we have the most to gain. So, that is probably why the dark night of the soul is seen by most spiritual traditions as a holy place where great growth can occur.

Mandalas are symbols of the whole Self, according to Jung. The ying-yang symbol is a mandala. One can meditate on these symbols to obtain a degree of understanding and to move us into the correct energy flows so that we can create consciously instead of getting stuck in our emotions.

*Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons license by oddsock

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