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Posted on January 6, 2010 
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I’ve not been keeping up the blog.  I had reached a point where I felt I didn’t have anything new to say or add to what is already here.  Rather than writing about the same thing over and over a thousand ways til Sunday - I decided just to be quiet.  I hope you all are still with me??   Be sure to follow me on Twitter and I’ll make an effort to Tweet and Blog a bit this new year!  Blessings…. Vicki

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Your Belief Filter, Perception, and How It Effects Intentional Manifestation

Posted on November 11, 2008 
Filed Under ACIM, Abraham Hicks, Belief, Change, Create Reality, Enlightenment, Intentional Manifestation, Law of Attraction, Manifestation, Miracles, NOW, Perception, Personal Development, Tolle, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment

I’ve focused many blog posts on perception, what it is and what it is not. Today I’d like to visit the topic again because it is such a stumbling block to intentional manifestation.

First, just for a moment glance around you, smell the air, touch something near you, listen to the sounds in the background. These are you physical senses, they make up part of your perception but they are not the complete picture. Consider what happens when you look out the window and see a tree shedding it’s leaves, a cloudy sky, or a bird on the windowsill.

Seeing, hearing, tasting, or touching (all physical actions) are only part of perceiving. When you take in a visual image, a taste, a physical sensation, or a sound, it is entered into the brain (database) and run through a program which quickly compares them to those held in memory, contrasts them with other similar experiences, brings up past memories, thoughts, and emotions held at those times and then finally it run’s all of this data through your Belief Filter. Your belief filter is your inner guidance of what is not only true but what is possible. These are the adopted beliefs of your identity.

So as you sit and look outside and perceive the scene you are not only seeing what is now, but a compilation of many many other instances of similar experiences combined with the current information. Any information not in alignment with your adopted belief system is filtered OUT and not perceived. Thoughts & emotions rise depending upon all of this information.

What this means is that you are not perceiving truly. When the brain compares, contrasts, and includes past experiences to you, it actually render’s what is now into what was. The present moment cannot be contained in the past. To see with new eyes, to hear with new ears, or to see with the eyes of a child requires circumventing this packaging of information with past associations and beliefs. It requires that you be completely present & open. This is aptly described in the New Testament as being born again, in this moment. It is a complete release from memory, from mental associations, from beliefs, and from arising emotions. Tolle describes it as THE NOW, and ‘A Course In Miracles’ dubs it the HOLY INSTANT.

One of my favorite quotes about perceptions is found in ‘A Course In Miracles’, chapter 11, section VIII:

The End of the world is not its destruction, but its translation into Heaven. The reinterpretation of the world is the transfer of all perception to knowledge.

The Bible tells you to become as little children. Little children recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means. Do not make the mistake of believing that you understand with you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you. Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will let Him interpret it, He will restore to you what you have thrown away. Yet while you think you know its meaning, you will see no need to ask it of Him.

You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all. Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing. Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a teacher. Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher.

No one can withhold truth except from himself.

So in essence, we see only what we believe, and most of us believe 100% of what we see. But, the TRUTH or the real REALITY is not our perception of it. Our individual reality is completely our own and is formed by us and fed to us through our belief filter and past associations. Everything we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch is created by and through our beliefs about what is true and real, therefor everything we perceive is a reflection of who & what we are at our deepest level, our ego formed beliefs.

To break away from this circular manifestation cycle, we must enter into the unfiltered NOW, the present moment or Holy Instant. Tolle advocates using your breathe, meditation, and a continuous watchfulness of thought. Similarly ACIM advises to let go of the past, look with new eyes, and ask constantly what it is you are perceiving and what it really means. If we ask ourselves what it means, and allow ourselves an instant to become aware, our perceptions will show us all exactly what it is we truly believe. Each thought, emotion, and perception is the witness to what we hold true for ourselves and our reality, and there can be no change in thought or reality without first a change in our belief filter.

How Does One Become A Butterfly?

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Choice, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

As written & posted March 17, 2007 on my old wordpress blog.
I almost didn’t repost this over here, it just doesn’t feel complete - I think I got most of my ideas expressed, but then left out the most important part about the false self which we believe is dying never existed anyhow - it isn’t who we are. Anyhow -that’s another post for another day. Enjoy.

“How does one become a butterfly” she asked pensively
“You must want to fly so much you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
“You mean die?”
“Yes and no,” he answered. “What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will still live”
—–From Hope For The Flowers

Change is a difficult thing. Sometimes, when we decide to change ourselves, our beliefs, and our lives, it feels as though a part of us is dying. So it must be, as we leave the past behind us and set out on a new course and embrace the “Now”.

It is inevitable when we choose to let go, that we feel as though we are losing ourselves, losing site of who we “ARE”, yet we are not. We are simply letting go of who we used to be, and doing so, we free ourselves to embrace the endless possibilities of “NOW”.

The only way to free ourselves is to die to ourselves. It is part of the metamorphosis, part of the beautiful awakening.

Discovering this empowering secret, this secret that YOU create your reality, this truth that the entirety of your life experience is of your own choosing, is like being given a beautiful set of wings and the gift of flight. We are no longer held back by our old beliefs in victimization and powerlessness - we are free to fly.

Take up your wings and fly with me.

Turning The Other Cheek to Negative Thoughts

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Christian, Jesus | 2 Comments

as originally posted March 4, 2007 on my old wordpress blog.

You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 5 38-42


Contrary to what I was taught in Sunday School as a child, this passage attributed to Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount, is NOT about the physical body or Self Defense. The topic of the entire Sermon is this: Do not push against what you do not like, keep positive loving thoughts, create the reality of love, forgiveness, and abundance through offering it first. As you think it so shall it be.

Turning the other cheek is simply not allowing yourself to fall into a negative thought cycle. If you encounter a situation in life which “Slaps you on the right cheek”, do not resist it, because through such resistance, you focus your thoughts and emotions upon it creating even more of that type of negative situation for yourself. Do not use negative thoughts and negative energies to push back against negative situations you do not want. Instead focus your thoughts upon LOVE and other positive energy, by doing so, you release yourself from bondage. You cannot end negative unwanted situations with more negative thoughts and emotions, you must radically change the focus of your thinking. It is our nature to strike back and resist what we do not like, and what Jesus was so vividly trying to teach was that type of defense was in error and would not produce a real change. Only through offering what we want to others and in the form of thought to the Universe, will we receive what we desire.

To turn the other cheek on negative situations, is to deny it as your reality, no matter how real or painful it may be at the moment. Once you turn away from your instinct to resist it through negative thoughts and actions, you have freed yourself to choose positive thoughts instead.

Throughout your day, when confronted with negative situations, try ‘Turning the other cheek’ and remove your focus from those situations you do not like, turn your attention and thoughts instead to gentle & positive thoughts. Choose positive thoughts for yourself, and you will experience more positive things.

You Can Never Have What You WANT

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Error, Law of Attraction, Manifestation, Resistance | 5 Comments

as originally posted:  August 14. 2007

Wanting is the state of not having.

When we focus our thoughts upon those things we want, we are acknowledging lack as our reality, and that only manifests more lack into our experience.

To avoid this, focus on the desired experience, the experience you wish to have. If you want money, desire the experience of spending money, of cashing a BIG check, or of looking at a large bank statement. This takes the focus off of lack and fixes it upon the ACTION of receiving.

The doing of anything is an action of your physical body and is the final step in the manifestation process. Your body (perception tool) is what you use to accept or realize your desired state of being. By placing your focus on that final step - you are experiencing the state of completion NOW.

This final step has no creative power in itself, but the imagining of the desire fulfilled places the outcome (or experience) in the now and that process CREATES in the present moment.

You cannot do anything physically to cause this completion, you must be the completion. You cannot do abundance, you must become abundant in thought. You cannot do health, you must become healthy.

Focusing on the experience or goal creates it. Then that energy creates the situations, people, and circumstances to bring about that experience for you.

You can never have what you want. What you are internally is what your external world becomes. Don’t perpetuate a world of lack, experience a world of completion.

Giving Birth to Your Desires

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under ACIM, Abraham Hicks, All Is Mind, Belief, Change, Choice, Creation, Enlightenment, How To, Intentional Manifestation, Law of Attraction, Tolle, Truth | 2 Comments

as originally posted in 3/2007

Every possible possibility you could ever desire or choose to experience already exists as a potential reality (seed) for you. Your job is not to create things from scratch, it is to decide what you desire to experience, and bring that forth (from the pool of potential reality) into manifest reality.

When you know exactly what that state of being is which you desire to experience, only then can the process of manifestation begin. You do not need to know HOW it will happen, you don’t need a “Game Plan” or a “Goal Sheet” or “Time Frame” to bring your desire about, you simply need to know the end result of your desire.

For instance, if you want to be out of debt, your ultimate desire is really financial freedom. If you want physical healing, your ultimate desire is good health. And likewise, if you long to be married or find that “Special” someone, what you truly desire is to love and be loved.

You certainly do not desire more DEBT, ILLNESS, or LONELINESS , so therefor you must first stop observing those states (you do not desire) as your reality. To stop observing a state as your reality, you re-focus your thoughts upon the end result (financial freedom/perfect health, or love) rather than the current circumstance. No matter what state your physical senses tell you is true for you at this moment, it is essential you not invest any thought energy into those things which you do not wish to continue to experience.

I was raised in the Christian religion and in our church we called this “Rebuking Evil”, and I still very much like the idea of rebuking those things which are not as I desire them to be. The way I do this is to stop myself whenever I have a thought which does not align with my desire and I say out loud to that thought, “I rebuke you, get thee behind me!”.

Now I think most Christians use this terminology when addressing what they perceive as the “Devil” but, no matter - I find that it has an energy for me, and It empowers me to push those unwanted thoughts behind me or out of my awareness, so that I can move ahead and choose only those thoughts which better align with my desires.

Next, you must substitute thoughts of your preferred state in place of the state you are now withdrawing thought from. Just swap them out. Push the undesired perceptions and thoughts aside and fill that space with the NEW THOUGHT. You need to substitute financial freedom for debt, health for illness, and love for loneliness - within your thoughts. You must perceive them through imagination as if they exist for you NOW, before they can become an objective reality.

Picture within your mind’s eye a “Scene” which would happen or play itself out once your desire has become realized. One example might be you holding a receipt in your hand that says “Paid in Full” or perhaps you see your spouse and hear him/her say how good it feels to be financially free. Maybe you see yourself in a white gown at your reception throwing the bouquet. The point is that you place yourself in your desired state NOW, within your thoughts through imagination. There are many ways to visualize this, and when you have one specific SCENE in which you can place yourself (within your imagination) and visualize the act of attainment, that is all you need.

The way conscious creation gives birth to your desire is really no different than how all birth happens, through the sowing of a seed. Consciousness (thought substance) impregnates itself (through desire), and gives birth to its likeness in MATTER/FORM, so to speak. When you desire, you plant that (seed or idea) within the subconscious mind (womb), then through visualization and imagination you assume that state of being or having that which you desire, and in consciousness it is conceived and develops into form/reality. When it is fully developed (accepted/believed by you as true) and able to sustain itself in matter, it is delivered to you (manifestation/creation) in this world of form and substance.

Obviously, if your thoughts are focused on debt then that is what you will beget. Your thoughts and feelings combine to bring forth or deliver to you the exact likeness of themselves. Everything after its own kind.

yielding seed after their kind

I know alot of writing on the Law of attraction uses the word “Universe” and that is fine, but I want to quickly define consciousness as I understand it. Consciousness is the container of creation, the womb of all created. Consciousness is everything, and in everything - it is the “Universe” and it is you. It is your thoughts, your desires, and the manifestations. Every single thing in this universe is consciousness. At its base level - at the subatomic level, ALL IS ONE SUBSTANCE.

So this law, this Law of Attraction is simply consciousness communicating with itself in various forms and at various levels, renewing itself, begetting itself, and working to bring about that which it/you desires.

There truly is nothing you can conceive of, that you cannot be, do, or have.

Projection Makes Perception, Vision Creates Reality

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under ACIM, Belief, Create Reality, Enlightenment, Intentional Manifestation, Law of Attraction, Manifestation, Miracles, Perception, Resistance, Truth | 3 Comments

This is a quote from A Course In Miracles, Chapter 21 - Introduction.

Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause. And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.

Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him. If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions. And you will see the witness to the choice you made, and learn from this to recognize which one you chose.

I like this quote for a couple reasons. First, it really lays it on the line regarding the reality we see. Everything we perceive outside of ourselves is a mirror to our inner state of being. Secondly, everything we choose to project outside ourselves is a choice that can be changed.

Now, keeping this in mind - take a minute to just look around you. What do you see in the world you’ve created? Conflict or Love? Blame or forgiveness? Abundance or lack? Joy or suffering? How much joy & abundance have you created for yourself?

If every instance of suffering we observe outside ourselves is in fact an image of our inner state of suffering - WOW, it appears I still have much work to do!!

My first question then is how do I get rid of it and project a state of peace and joy instead? How can I control my thoughts, take dominion over them and release myself from this world of poverty, hunger, sorrow, and suffering? I want to live in a world of fullness, abundance, joy, and love - so what are the steps necessary to get from where I am now to where I desire to be?

According to the text in the next section of this chapter, it is VISION. Vision is our salvation. When we reject our bodily perceptions and turn within the mind to Vision, we stop the cycle of projection and begin to create from our desires.

This is no easy step, it requires control of our thoughts. To see a situation bodily with physical sight is usually persuasive enough to be considered “Truth” and accepted as fact. When we begin to understand the process of Intentional Manifestation we see there is another way. We realize that what we see with our eyes is the past thoughts of the mind, it isn’t happening NOW, it is a past thought made manifest - so the ONLY way to change it is to think different thoughts NOW. If you see a overdrawn bank account now, know it’s cause is a past thought of LACK. Now think abundance. In this moment you have all the power in the universe to change anything and everything in your life. You hold that power in your thoughts.

Vision is the opposite of Sight. While sight relies on your eyes to perceive the past thoughts you’ve manifested, Vision is the process of perceiving what you desire NOW (which will play out as a future manifestation outside yourself). This is you intentionally imagining or envisioning your future as you desire it NOW.

Our thoughts are images, and when held within the mind with belief - they become our reality.

Everyday, decide to EnVision the person you wish to be, the world you want to live in, and the experiences you wish to have and then make it so.

Why Isn’t The Universe Giving Me What I Want?

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Abraham Hicks, Belief, Change, Choice, Creation, Ego, Error, Illusion, Intentional Manifestation, Law of Attraction, Manifestation, Miracles, Perception, Resistance | 1 Comment

In my post today I want to address two issues that I keep noticing as I read law of attraction forums and other blogs about the Law of Attraction.

First and foremost is the notion that the Law of Attraction “Isn’t Working” for some reason or another.

Second, the idea that some supreme intelligence OUT THERE in the “Universe” is either giving something to you or holding it away from you.

Both of these ideas are flawed at their core. Primarily they are flawed because there is no POWER OUT THERE, all power comes from within. Nothing nor NOBODY exists in this world, or the entire universe that either gives anything to you nor holds anything away from you.

It is all your doing. YOU, YOU, YOU - Your life situation and experience is entirely dependent upon you. There are many factors which combine to manifest your reality, but the primary factor is your thoughts.

Ego based thoughts project your past experiences and beliefs into the future.

Conscious thought and presence creates.

It is that simple. If what you desire to experience isn’t happening, it isn’t because the “Universe” isn’t making it happen, it is because your thoughts are aligned with Ego and you are blocking the manifestation - or I should say you are not allowing yourself to perceive it, because in truth it is already made manifest.

Come on back tomorrow and I’ll discuss how you block yourself from experiencing your manifestations.

My Ego Is My Friend

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Belief, Change, Choice, Creation, Ego, Enlightenment, Error, Illusion, Intentional Manifestation, Law of Attraction, Manifestation | Leave a Comment

as posted Feb/2008

My ego is my friend because without it there is no thought, no thought process, no formed belief, and no desire. All of these things work together to create what I perceive as reality - NOW.

Outside of thought there is only KNOWING, this is the God State.

For some reason my ego doesn’t yet understand, the God State chose to become the ego mind, to create through a system of belief, thought, emotion, and perception a physical reality in which to experience.

I (this identity and thought machine) will never KNOW why, but I can discover the system which underlies this holographic reality I perceive. I can understand and acknowledge that all I think I know is not true and open this mind to every possibility.

As long as I am this ego with a physical structure & personal identity, perceiving an outside world - I will not be in the God State. That is ok. I can know that is my true self - beyond this illusion. I can choose what I believe, what I think, how I feel, and what I desire to experience - and when I do - I can recode it and experience anything and everything as I choose it to be.

There are two parts of ego there is the part that is self taught (back story/identity) and then there is the part that is potential (now). The difference between the two is how & what is created as reality to experience.

If we think back to the very first “memory” of ego, that is the beginning of the “story” of ourself - maybe it was feeling loved, maybe it was being reprimanded, or maybe it was feeling alone - whatever that initial thought - belief - perception - feeling was it set up the creation loop we’ve been experiencing.

this is the self taught ego - where everything is a spiral or offshoot from the initial thought. Each adding to the next to create our story.

None of which is true, it is just a story.

To tap into the potential reality - just let it all go…. knowing there was no truth in it, it was all perception - and choose to see things differently NOW.

Kill the ego - no.
Let go of what is not true - yes.

The Seven Cosmic Principles of Hermes Trismegistos (Hermetic Laws)

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under All Is Mind, Cosmic Principles, Hermes Trismegistos, Hermetic Laws | 6 Comments

as posted in May 2007

Many of you will be familiar with these Principles. With the new interest in the Law of Attraction and so many searching for more information, I thought it would be wise to post them for those who may still be unfamiliar.

It is said that all philosophy is based upon these laws, as given by Thot the Egyptian God of Wisdom. The laws are valid in all of Creation on every level of existence, they are eternal and unchangeable. It is said that only the Unconditional Love of GOD can transcend them.

1. The Principle of Mentalism (MIND)
“THE ALL IS MIND; The Universe is Mental.”–The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explainsthat THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know or perceive as “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and, in short, all that is perceived by our senses is SPIRIT which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as a UNIVERSAL,INFINITE, LIVING MIND.) It also explains that all the phenomena in the “Universe” is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we “live and move and have our being.” This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of the Universe, easly explains all of the varied mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and which, without such explanation, are non-understandable and defy scientific treatment.

2. The Principle of Cause and Effect (KARMA)

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happensaccording to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there aremany planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.”–The Kybalion

there is a cause for every effect and an effect from every Cause. “Everything Happens according to Law”. Nothing ever happens by chance and there are no coincidences. There exist various planes of Cause and Effect, with the higher planes dominating the lower planes, yet, nothing ever entirely escapes the Law.

3. The Principle of Correspondence (ANALOGY)

“As above, so below; as below, so above.”–The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life itself. The old Hermetic axiom ran in these words: “As above, so below; as below,so above.” and the grasping of this Principle gives one the means of solving many a dark paradox, and hidden secret of Nature. There are planes beyond our knowing, but when we apply the Principle of Correspondence to
them we are able to perceive much that would otherwise be unknowable to us. This Principle is of universal application and manifestation, on the various planes of the material, mental, and spiritual universe. It is a Universal Law. The ancient Hermetists considered this Principle as one of the most important mental instruments by which man was able to pry aside the obstacles which hid from view the Unknown.

4. The Principle of Rhythm

“Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.”–The Kybalion

This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. There is always an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat; a rising and a sinking. This is in the affairs of
the Universe, suns, worlds, men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man.

5. The Principle of Gender
“Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.”–The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that there is GENDER manifested in everything. The Masculine and Feminine Principles are always at work. This is true not only of the Physical Plane, but of the Mental and even the Spiritual Planes. On the Physical Plane, the Principle manifests as SEX, on the higher planes it takes higher forms, but the Principle is ever the same. No creation, physical, mental or spiritual, is possible without this Principle. An understanding of its laws will throw light on many a subject that has perplexed the mindsof men.

6. The Principle of Vibration
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” –The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that “everything is in motion”, “everything vibrates”, “nothing is at rest”; facts which Modern Science endorses and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify. And yet this Hermetic Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago, by the Masters of Ancient Egypt. This Principle explains that the differences between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even Spirit, result largely from varying rates of Vibration. From THE ALL, which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all
is in vibration, the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale.

7. The Principle of Polarity (DUALITY)

“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 Principle embodies the truth that “everything is dual”, “everything has two poles”, “everything has its pair of opposites”, all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: “Thesis and antithesis are identicalin nature, but different in degree”, “opposites are the same, differing only in degree”, “the pairs of opposites may be reconciled”, “extremes meet”, “everything is and isn’t, at the same time”, “all truths are but half truths”, “every truth is half-false”, “there
are two sides to everything”, etc. “Opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.

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