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Yin and Yang

Opposites exist within the illusions, which implies something really profound, something obvious that everyone’s been missing: they’re theoretical!

While the dichotomies of time and space can make opposites possible, the truth is they don’t necessarily have to exist. They remain as potentials until or unless you create them. To most, however, it’s assumed that to have one, you must also have the other. For example, to be happy, you must know sadness; to have light, dark must exist somewhere; to feel cool, you must know hot. Every up means there’s a down, and vice versa. Hardly. While the dichotomies create objectivity, with theoretical extremes at either end, it’s naïve to think that by knowing, reaching or otherwise experiencing one end, you must know, reach or experience the other. Remember, they’re all illusions anyway.

There are actually ascetics who shun joy and happiness, thinking it will precipitate eventual depression and sadness. Yet this ignores the fact that love is the glue that holds creation together—not love and hate in equal measure. That life is good, not equal measures of good and bad. It neglects that you are of the Divine, by the Divine, and inclined to succeed, not inclined to succeed and fail equally.

Feeling cold does not mean that later you have to feel hot in equal measure. Nor does living in the northern hemisphere mean that you must one day, inevitably, live in the southern hemisphere. Nor does living a life of joyful service to others mean that the pendulum must swing, turning such good Samaritans into axe murderers. One need not suffer to know joy, nor be afraid that happiness will later require sadness. And neither does a belief in God mean there must be a devil, any more than a belief in heaven means there must be a hell.

Mike Dooley is the author of The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell You. Mike Dooley and inspirational authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Kris Carr, Nick Ortner and Congressman Tim Ryan, will be featured speakers at Hay House’s “I Can Do It!” event being held October 24-26 in Pasadena. For more information, visit or call 800-654-5126.

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