"Everything ebbs and flows, goes up and comes down; the pendulum swing is present in everything; the swing to the right is equal to the swing to the left; rhythm is the compensation."
The Principle of Rhythm teaches us that everything in the Universe is constantly transforming and moving. Nothing remains stationary.
It is easy to observe this principle in action since everything in the Universe rises, reaches its summit, then declines, falls, and is destroyed. This is the full cycle of life which will start all over again. This happens on all levels: with individuals, with people, civilizations, planets, etc. The symbol of this principle is the pendulum.
Rhythm and polarity maintain the process of life. Life moves rhythmically between two poles (life – death), and the secret lies in maintaining tension and equilibrium between these two poles. Polarity and rhythm govern the body’s most important processes. Disease sets in when the systems that make up the body break their rhythm or disturb their polarity.
This ebbing and flowing not only manifests in our body, but also in our emotions, instincts, thoughts, and in all life’s situations.
Each person creates their own rhythms according to the nature of their actions. Once these actions are repeated, they take on a rhythm that is either positive or negative. There are many examples that take place in one’s daily life that are the result of rhythms created by unconscious or deliberate acts.
Through mental transmutation, it is possible to rise above rhythmic oscillations and become polarized in the desired pole, but this is only possible by raising one’s level of consciousness and by employing willpower.
When we are stuck in a negative rhythm, the natural tendency for that rhythm is to remain the way it is. But it can only be changed through consciousness and willpower to deliberately create a rhythm different and opposite to the one before.
Observe and Practice
Think about the following phrases and statements, and then reach your own conclusions:
- Are there times of the year, the month, the week, or the day that are markedly positive or unlucky?
- When things start off on “the right foot,” they have a greater possibility of turning out successfully. In the same way, if something starts off badly, it usually ends up badly.
- Have you noticed what happens when the first contact you have with someone is not positive?
- Do you have problems that every so often reoccur in the same or similar way?
Observe Your Biorhythms
- The fluctuation of our vital energies is known through biorhythms, and by studying and observing these biorhythms we will have the possibility to prove this principle.
- The 24-day rhythm (masculine) has to do with activity and physical energy.
- The 28-day rhythm (feminine) is related to the emotions.
- The 34-day rhythm has to do with intellectual activity.
- You can calculate your biorhythms starting from the day you were born. This will help you understand what situation you are currently in. By observing what happens to you on a daily basis and how these situations/events relate to each of the biorhythms, you will be able to see how they are affecting you.
Discover how your mood fluctuates:
- Observe your moods at different times during the day and write them down in a notebook.
- Decide beforehand when you will do this exercise: For example, when you wake up in the morning, after lunch, mid-afternoon, or at night.
- Keep taking notes for about two or three weeks or even a full month.
- At the end of the selected period, observe if you can see a pattern that indicates how your emotional rhythm works.
Breaking a Negative Cycle:
- The key to breaking a negative rhythm lies within consciousness and willpower.
- Choose a difficult situation that has happened to you often. It could have to do with a relationship with another person or an external problem that affects you periodically.
- Recall the last two or three times the same thing happened to you be in order to analyze each occurrence of this situation, trying to remember what triggered the situation, what your attitude was, what type of annoyance was created within you, what your response was, how you reacted when faced with the situation, and so on.
- You will change the rhythm if you change your daily behavioral norms because, by doing so, you will create a different effect. For example: responding differently.
- To be able to do this, you have to be on guard in order to detect the exact appropriate moment to make the change, and use your will to stop the impulse of acting in the same way as you usually do (which would only maintain the negative rhythm that was created before).
- If you maintain your change, you will break the conflictive rhythm. If you forget, or let another one of these situations go by, reacting “like you always do,” you won’t change.
- Remember that you will have to persevere to create new rhythms and keep up your new behavior until you achieve proof of having reached your objective.
- An argument with you partner that takes place every Sunday afternoon, every time a child gets sick, every time a certain person calls or visits you, when you lose money, or someone cheats you, or someone wastes your time – these are some good opportunities.