The Quest for a Balanced Perspective

Since Atlantis Rising first saw print, we have made it our business to challenge the abuses of the prevailing ‘scientif­ic’ authorities. Indeed, we have tried not to miss an opportunity to point out the shortcomings of orthodoxy wherever we found them. The pervasive corruption, materialism, mediocrity, etc., to say nothing of the suppression of contrary points of view, have not inspired our confidence. Nevertheless, having said that, we don’t want to give the impression that we are blind to problems at the other end of the spectrum. Alas, what might be called the “new age,” with its em­phasis on impulse, intuition, and the like, suffers itself, we fear, from a lack of objectivity, self-discipline, depth and even integrity and fosters many practices which, we feel, might well lead us all by a short route to destruction. Most pundits today seem to be in one camp or the other, but what matters most, we think, is not so much the politics of left and right, as the challenge of uniting left brain and right brain.

The danger we face—if not outright schizophrenia—comes from those polarizing internal splits that keep us dys­functionally spinning our wheels instead of moving forward. When ‘Daddy’ and ‘mommy’ are eternally at war within, the result is paralysis. The problem, though is clearly not a new one.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet certainly had issues with his inner and outer parents. Could feelings of betrayal by his mother have contributed to his lack of resolution—arguably the curse of modern Western man and woman, still un­sure if they should “be” or not?

The ancients, we believe, knew the secrets of uniting our inner forces, but today we find ourselves long since fal­len from their forgotten grace and—to mix metaphors and steal a phrase from John Anthony West—today’s “hydro­gen bombs and striped toothpaste” can’t hold a candle to the ancient light.

The point has been made before in this space, but it is worth repeating, we need balance. Without it there is no transcendence. As anyone knows who has ever worn those red and green plastic glasses at a 3-D movie, both eyes when operating alone, see only a two-dimensional world; but when teamed up, they reveal a third dimension (depth). Similarly, the balanced union of the left and right hemispheres of the brain opens the doorway to previously unseen or unrealized dimensions. The failure to unite the two different modes of knowing—objective and subjective, linear and holistic, scientific and artistic, masculine and feminine, etc.—keeps us trapped between poles, bound to the present plane of conflict. Like crippled foot travelers lost in a snowstorm, we circle forever with our stronger side dominating. The successful tightrope walker, however, allows neither left nor right to rule but, instead, masters both.

Could our ancient forerunners have been trying to teach us something about the resolution of such dichotomies?

What, for instance, did the ‘wise ones’ mean by directing their disciples to square the circle? Far from being a sim­ple exercise in geometric construction, the idea was to show the initiate how that when the seemingly opposite prin­ciples of ‘father’ (circle) and ‘mother’ (square) are properly united—utilizing, for instance, the golden ratio—they give birth to new life in an eternal process of growth and unfoldment. The sacred geometric construction processes, with simple compass and straight edge—passed down from teacher to student for untold millennia tell us much of what we need to know about uniting the pairs of opposites within us, winning our great liberation, and making us fi­nally the gods we were destined to be—direct collaborators in the never ending creation of the universe.

BY J. DOUGLAS KENYON

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