By Melba Black, PhD
In this issue, I would like to explain the Hermetic Law of Polarity. First, let’s look at what polarity means. Polarity is a term used in electricity, magnetism, and electronic signaling. Polarity is defined as “the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.” Science tells us that the body is a veritable antenna using electrical and electromagnetic waves and particles traveling through neural pathways, neurotransmitters, chakras, and more.
The Law of Polarity tells us that everything is dual and has poles—everything has its pair of opposites. Even though things appear as opposites, they are, in fact, two extremes of the same thing. For example, heat and cold appear to be opposite, but in truth, they are just varying degrees of temperature. The same applies to love and hate, peace and war, positive and negative, light and dark, east and west. The only difference is the degree of vibration.
This law is mutable, which means that you can consciously raise your vibration and transform your thoughts and not be a victim of extremes. In humans, the extremes manifest as emotional ups and downs related to external circumstances. Thoughts and feelings have electrical and electromagnetic charges similar to magnets, with our strongest magnetic center being the heart. The heart is where we attract either positive or negative vibrations based on its interpretation of our thoughts.
For example, you may place your security in a job and then suddenly be terminated due to downsizing. You haven’t changed, but your circumstances have. This sudden change in your physical world can be a catalyst for you to learn how to let go of the structures of the third dimensional plane and begin to awaken to the vast and beneficent Universe. By utilizing positive thoughts and feelings through this job loss situation, you are able to transmute the emotional extremes of losing your job. For instance, fear may be transmuted into courage. Rather than worrying about being out of work, you now have an opportunity to explore a new location or vocation.
The Law of Polarity usually operates only in the physical and mental realms and not the spiritual realm. By placing your awareness on the connectedness of the Universe with your heart center, you begin to discover that the laws act in your favor as long as you work within their framework. Understand that the laws are neutral and are just laws; correct interpretation is necessary. In time, you will recognize how you influence this mutable law. The law still exists, but it no longer has dominion over you. The law can be transmuted by managing your thoughts and emotions—staying grounded and connected to your higher self through spiritual practice such as meditation, getting out in nature, and many other ways to stay in balance.
As you begin to understand and apply the Hermetic laws, you become aware that there is an order in the Universe in which you can engage as a co-creator and develop self-mastery. The Universe desires to cooperate with you, but has to work within the Universal law framework.
“Mastery consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher forces against the lower-escaping pains of the lower planes by vibrating higher. Remember always, student, that transmutation, not presumptuous denial, is the weapon of the master.” – The Kybalion