William James, in his The Varieties of Religious Experience, writes about the integration of opposites.
He argues that one of the poles, "the nobler and better one", often "soaks up and absorbs its opposite into itself".
All of us who work on the integration have experienced this ‘absorption' phenomenon.
Let's say that we work on opposites Life and Death.
As the two merge, Life may start spreading and absorbing Death.
When the integration is complete, Life is all that is left. But this is a whole new kind of Life.
It does not feel particularly beautiful, joyous, or even positive anymore.
We struggle to describe it in the worldly terms. Because it just IS.
We don't feel that pull toward it anymore. Because we are ONE WITH IT.
But can the opposite happen? Can Death absorb Life?
Read about it in Part II.