Illuminating Empowerment of Words: Love in Opposition
Hermetically and Apparent
We are all guided internally by beliefs that are embedded within our being hermetically. The meanings of the term “hermetically” has evolved over time, arising from Egyptian roots, morphed by Greek mythological influences. I have come across the term hermetically in a few recent articles. The term has modern influence for defining an idea or structure as airtight or sealed or unable to be penetrated by outside influences.
An antonym of hermetically is the word apparent, which feels “contradictory”, for apparent includes in its definition the terms clear and plain. Originally, apparent felt more solid and like the black and white term hermetically to me, until I dug a little deeper. Apparent has connections to “implies”, when used in sentences such as “The ice skater apparently won, yet the results are being re-examined” or “When we first started dating, my partner apparently enjoyed the same activities as I did.” Apparently, the word apparent has shades of intent that steer away from being solid, airtight or impervious. Something can be clear and plain, but not impervious or impenetrable.
There have been recent clashes, groups arguing about the concept’s equality and self-determination, rooted hermetically. One hermetic root is within the bible. I refer to Galatians 6: 2 and Galatians 6: 5. In these verses we are asked, as every man, to bear our own burdens and yet in a conflicting statement to also bear one another’s burdens to fulfill the law of Christ. This leaves us with two mind frames. Those who hermetically believe that we are, as every individual, to bear our own burdens, to independently find our own way. And those who hermetically believe that we are to bear one another’s burdens, we are to support those who have burdens.
I am reminded of a quote from Heinrich, one of a group of authors who completed a psychological study questioning the universal application of behavioral phenomenon: “If we are what we see, and we are attending to different stuff, then we are living in different worlds. Some of us are more hermetically focused on the “I”, independent, value of personal success, bearing one’s own burdens and some are more focused on “We”, this idea that the success of all is more valuable than the success of an individual, bearing one another’s burdens. The possibility also exists that there are some who can focus on both “I” and “We” thinking. No matter your point of view, how we see and attend to beliefs, words, thoughts, creates how we view the world. These views have apparent differences.
Our beliefs influence how we live between the conflicting statements in Galatians 6:2 and 6:5. One example is the clashes between the two main political parties in the United States. Independently bear our burdens or bear one another’s burdens. How do we spend tax, how much do we tax, who do we help within and outside of our country? We have religious, spiritual, psychological, geographic, historical and many more influences on how we view these “I” and “We” mind frames. Within the United States our governmental foundation in the 1700’s was built upon self-government and separation of powers, embracing thoughts of liberty, equality and new forms of justice. In the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness;”. The two main political parties within the United States clash about the meaning and definitions of liberty, equality, life, and the pursuit of happiness. There are multiple perspectives, and it is apparent (plain and clear) to anyone who follows politics or life in the US that there are hermetically embedded differences about what these terms mean as they apply to governing. Tensions and tribal warfare’s between “I” and “we” beliefs occur daily. These confrontations distinguish us into our tribes and worldview or frame of mind. We firmly take a stand about our “right” beliefs and the “wrongness” of someone who is different. Yet we are asked to resolve our conflicts, that is God’s expectation. Matthew 5: 38–39, Ephesians 4:26 ask of us to resolve our conflicts. James 4: 1–2 asks of us to not covet, kill, to examine our desires and ask God. Matthew 5:9 blessed the peacemakers as sons of God and 1 Corinthians 13:4–7 ask of us to love. How do we find love?
Distinguishing the indistinguishable is a space in which oppositions meet, in which love finds its place. Seeking the gradients of opposition to resolve conflict, between hermetically and apparent. The exploration allows answers, asking for spiritual guidance allows space to discover and distinguish lines of connection between opposing points of view. The law of Christ, love God and love one another as you love yourself. Love is there between bearing one’s own burdens and sharing in the burdens of others. Spiritually and religiously, we are asked to resolve our conflicts. Individually and collectively. It is apparent to me that there can exist more than two points of view. Perhaps between Galatians 6:2 and Galatians 6:5 we can focus individually and collectively on bearing our own burdens AND bearing other’s burdens. 1 John 4:16, who ever abides in love, abides in God, and God in him. Apparently, God loves us whether we hermetically believe we should bear our own burdens or if we believe we should share in the burdens of others and if we believe in both.
May love find its way between our differences. Biblical and governmental “terms” mean different things to different people. God, Our Source, Our Creator, asks of us to love. We are asked to solve our conflicts. We are asked to love each other as we love ourself. The law of Christ is not loving just those who believe like us, who have our worldview or same mind frames. The law of Christ is about loving all, unconditionally. I admit, I tend to avoid those who extremely support only their point of view. I still love them. I look within for means of connection, for what we have in common. For those who are open, those that model the Jesus I have come to know, allowing of difference, the relationships are filled with more richness, more intimacy, more acceptance of honor of who we are. Love exists within the difference, for the indistinguishable space is honored. The gifts of the opposites, the space can be filled with fear, or love. I continue to work on my own flexibility, while honoring who I am, and the gifts one finds, when the focus is on love, the indistinguishable, harmonious connections reside. I have found connections with amazing persons who are Buddhist, Muslims, Baptist, Mormon, Catholic, New Age, Methodist, Atheist, etc.
If you are struggling with unworthiness, the need to forgive and replace hatred with love reach out to trusted sources. Become free of what weighs on you. Kathy Mortensen: Minister; Intuitive Guide; Master Reiki Practitioner; Certified Master Practitioner of Mental and Emotional Release®.