In my previous post (Enjoying Blissful/Pleroma States?) I wrote about blissful states of mind.
I stated that we often cling to Blissful states because ... well, because they are blissful.
But clinging is an attachment. Attachment, just like aversion, needs to be removed in order to achieve the unpolarized consciousness.
Here I'd like to offer you a variation of my End of Words method, which you can use to clear Blissful states.
End of Words for Clearing Blissful States
Feel the Blissful state and answer the following questions:
1) What's good in or about this state?
2) What's bad in or about this state?
(take a little more time for this question, as your first reaction will most likely be "Nothing")
3) What else needs to be expressed about this state?
- Go through the questions as many times as necessary to clear this state.
(You'll know the exercise is complete when there's nothing else to say about this state)
- Write all the answers down if you're self-processing.
So in the middle ages Temperance was seen as total abstinence from the ‘bad’ pole. In other words, from sin.
But complete abstinence, being an extreme, inevitably creates its opposite—overindulgence.
We can see this with ex-alcoholics. When they quit drinking, they really QUIT. They don’t drink at all anymore.
But if they fall off the wagon, they never stop at one or two drinks.
No, they get dead drunk.
The same goes for diets: after a strict eating regimen, you’ll typically get not only your ‘old’ weight back, but a few extra pounds/kilos as well.
So just like ex-alcoholics, who drink uncontrollably when some stressful event triggers their addiction again, after diets people usually overindulge in food.
Total abstinence will sooner or later bring about its own opposite—overindulgence.
Most of us spend our lives oscillating between the two.
So total abstinence, the approach to temperance popular in the middle ages, simply does not work for most people.
Neutralizing the negative pole with the positive pole—the solution that the archaic world offers us—is certainly more healthy and effective.
The Angel Lady
After the middle ages, the idea of mixing the positive and negative pole has come into vogue again. But in the new tarot images the dominant influence seems to be Indian, not ancient Greek.
More about that in the next Temperance post.