: the state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall
: the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling
: a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance
Balance (n.): early 13th century, “apparatus for weighing,” from Old French balance (12th century) “balance, scales for weighing,” also in the figurative sense; from Medieval Latin bilancia, from Late Latin bilanx, from Latin (libra) bilanx “(scale) having two pans,” possibly from Latin bis “twice” + lanx “dish, plate, scale of a balance.”
The accounting sense is from 1580s; the meaning “general harmony between parts” is from 1732; sense of “physical equipoise” is from 1660s. Balance of power in the geopolitical sense is from 1701. Many figurative uses (such as hang in the balance, late 14th century), are from Middle English image of the scales in the hands of personified Justice, Fortune, Fate, etc.
“To light a candle is to cast a shadow…”
Ursula K. LeGuin (b. 1929, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, American author of novels, children’s books and short stories)
“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
Ellen DeGeneres (comedian and talk-variety show host)
“Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.”
Stephanie Meyer (b. 1973, fiction and young adult writer, best known for the Twilight series)
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.”
Rumi (1207-1273, 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic)
“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
Anais Nin (1903-1977, French-born novelist, eroticist, and short story writer, who gained international fame through her journals)
“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”
Deepak Chopra (b. 1947, pioneer and advocate of integrative medicine, doctor, author, entrepreneur, and prominent figure in the New Age movement)
“The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us,...The madness of this planet is largely a result of the human being's difficulty in coming to virtuous balance with himself. ”
Elizabeth Gilbert (b. 1969, author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist, best known for writing the best-seller, “Eat, Pray, Love”)
“To light a candle is to cast a shadow…” — Ursula K. LeGuin
Cosmically, we are assigned to be in certain places, family units, and communities, to be of service and to bring more light and love. This elysium where we can heal and learn a great deal about our own individual characters.
Shining our light can place a target on our backs. The contrarian status quo desires for our world to remain the same, not to grow or ascend.
The assignments for lightworkers and spiritual warriors are not easy ones. Every time we shine our light we risk being vulnerable. It takes a great deal of strength to carry these missions through. It takes perseverance to discover our life purposes and reveal the shadow unknown parts of ourselves. It also takes commitment, work and dedication to carve out one’s passions.
Maybe, that’s the reason why most of us hesitate in shining our eternal lights in the world. Light reveals and forces us look at what has been hidden from us, and to discern those issues we hide from ourselves.
Be fearless, sojourners! And balance your spirit in the “bright abyss” and in the unforeseen and unknown possibilities.
Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya