Opposites are Identical: The Principle of Polarity


“Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”- The Kybalion

This is perhaps one of the most useful of all principles, and one of my personal favorites.

Every manifested thing has two sides, that is, for everything you know (and for everything you don’t know) there exists its opposite; two poles. Love and hate. Hot and cold. The state of sleeping and the state of being awake. Dream and reality. Matter and Ether. For most of us, this is a basic and fundamental understanding. I mean, we learn about opposites in Kindergarten for the most part.

However, the Principle of Polarity states that opposites are identical.

…Huh? Isn’t that the opposite of the definition of an opposite?? (Ah, the wormhole)

“There is no absolute standard- all is a matter of degree.”- The Kybalion

I will never forget my first introduction to this principle. I was in a high school chemistry class… you know, just minding my own business, being an awesome student and all that jazz, when my teacher said something that almost blew me out of my chair. Ok, that’s hyperbole, but damn, it was hella insightful. She said:

“There is no such thing as cold”

“Whatttt? Of course there’s cold! I feel it all the time! How is snow possible? I mean, come on… of course cold exists!” said my analytical ego.

It was explained to me this way: Heat is energy. More energy equals more heat. Less energy equals less heat, or what we would call “coolness or cold”. Therefore it can only ever get “less hot”, not “more cool”… at least to scientists.

That made total sense to me. And you see, this is the basic logic used with the Principle of Polarity.

Everything exists on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum is one pole (we’ll use hot as an example), and on the other end of the spectrum is its opposite pole (cold). In between hot and cold are a myriad of degrees (vibration) going from one pole to the other, and we call the middle of the spectrum “warm”. Yes, at what point on the spectrum does “hot” end and “cold” begin? We cannot tell. Each point on the spectrum is just a varying degree (vibration) of heat and coolness. You see, the opposites are identical.

This can also be applied to love and hate, light and dark, disgust and reverence, etc. The positive pole seems to be of a higher degree than the negative in most instances, and you’ll find that nature tends to lean towards the activity of the positive pole. That is, light over dark, love over hate, courage over fear, spirit over matter, etc.

How can you utilize this principle?

  • Change your mental state by using mental transmutation.
  • That is, when your mental state is dominated by one pole, simply work to change the vibration to go more towards its opposite pole.
    • Don’t want to be afraid? Shift your mentality to courage. Don’t want to be sad? Shift your mentality to happiness- through whatever means needed. What’s important is that your vibration changes, and that will become clear to you through your feelings. Just remember, sometimes it’s good to be sad. Sometimes we need to be in our feelings for a better understanding of ourselves. When it becomes destructive or self- detrimental then it is no longer benefitting you, and that’s no bueno.
  • You can change love to hate, sadness to happiness, dark to light, fear to courage, body hate to body love, etc. Remember, everything starts in the mind.
    • You can only transmute things that exist in the same class. That is, you cannot change light to hard, cold to love, low to courage, etc.
  • Changing your mental state will change the vibration you emit, which will, in turn, change the types of vibrations you receive and thus manifest.




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