Spirit tells me that, once, when we were young,
we praised the concept of independence and that
now we are aware of the unavoidable reality of
How to resolve the problem?
The need to be in relationship and still
feel independent of that relationship?
It isn’t possible.
Relationships require a degree of overlap
of personal interests, desires, or goals.
Is a relationship a midway point between
independence and connection?
A relationship is a connection.
In what way?
In our attitude toward whatever or
whomever we feel related to.
Isn’t it possible to feel neither for
nor against someone or something?
What about a middle way?
There is no middle way.
Then why did the ancient wisdom teachers
speak of a middle way?
To lure their people from extremes.
Then, independence and connection are as
yang and yin?
In what way?
In that neither can exist independently
from the other except in degrees of
Yes. Each contains the other and
continuously moves either toward
or away from being completely absorbed
by the other.
The incoming tide becomes the outgoing
Yes, just as the full moon seems to
continuously empty and refill itself.
There is only one shape to the moon,
even though it appears to be shaped
differently at different times?
Does that suggest that independence
and connection are as different sides
of the same coin?