All Things Come About by Strife

“Between Fire and Water,” symbolically speaking, is precisely where I think we are (or, for the time being, strive to be) – between both fire and water. Not as a final destination but as a necessary path to follow.

“…There is a city built and set on a plain, and it is full of all good things; but the entrance to it is narrow and set in a precipitous place, so that there is fire on the right hand and deep water on the left. There is only one path lying between them, that is, between the fire and the water, so that only one person can walk on the path.”

2 Esdras 7:6-8

“…between the fire and the water” is symbolic for this narrow path, with opposing forces on either side, that each of us must pass through to be tempered. With an affinity for the truth and being careful not to deviate to the left or to the right, we are spiritually refined through trials. So, adversity is inevitable and we should not fear it. To quote Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher of old, “what opposes unites, and the finest attunement stems from things bearing in opposite directions, and all things come about by strife.” This world’s grand illusion continually offers a left/right paradigm to perpetuate itself, leading many off the narrow path (and few find it) and refining those who persevere between.

The truth is neither left nor right, but that which is between them: The straight path.

I’ve expanded more on the concept of a left/right paradigm here.


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