It is always fun to play around with quadrants, partly because four field is just enough to make some interesting differentiations and also few enough to grasp right away.
Three that comes up for me is (a) inner/outer, one/many (as Ken Wilber has popularized through is aqal model), (b) self/other, human/spirit (practice), and (c) beyond/embrace, noticing/working with (path).
When I explore the last one, I see that…
I can go beyond and include polarities in two ways: by noticing and also by working with it.
In general, I notice that life is already beyond and includes any and all polarities. And I work with it in my own human life, exploring how it arises and is expressed in this life.
And I can filter it further through each quadrant…
I go beyond and notice by noticing that life is already and always beyond any and all polarities. First, the world of form is a fluid seamless whole beyond any pole and polarity. (When I find myself as Witness, as pure seeing, this is alive in immediate awareness. Whatever arises, here and now, is revealed as aspects of one fluid seamless whole.) Also, when I find myself as awake void I also go beyond polarities, and when I notice the world of form as nothing other than this awake void, I similarly find the world of form beyond polarities.
I go beyond and work with it by finding in my human self whatever I see out there in others and the world. I allow my identity at my human level to embrace both ends of any polarity. I familiarize myself with it, and include it in my active repertoire. All this is a process with no end point and takes work. This includes letting go of beliefs and identities, and allowing a fluidity of views and a more inclusive human identity. This human self deepens and matures into its own unique and universal humanity.
I include and notice by noticing that this fluid seamless whole of form already and always includes any and all poles and polarities. And also by noticing that the play of awake void as form likewise always and already includes any and all poles and polarities.
I include and work with by familiarizing myself with each pole and polarity in this human self, and how they arise and are expressed in this human life, and how they can be expressed. As before, this is an ongoing process, and involves a maturing and development of this human self.
As usual, there is a mutuality among all of these. Working with one makes it easier to work with the three others.
By noticing that which is already and always beyond and embracing any polarity, I can more easily work with it in my own human life
And by working with it in my own life, I can more easily notice that which – in its form and void aspects – already and always are beyond and includes any polarity.
The noticing part has to do with Ground awakening, with Enlightenment.
And the working part has to do with the maturing and development of this individual human and soul, which makes it easier to be who we take ourselves to be before Ground awakening, and is an intimate part of skillful means following a Ground awakening.
We go beyond and include polarities in two general ways.
First by noticing, and then by working with it at our human level.
We notice that life is already beyond and includes any and all polarities. And we work with it in our own human life, exploring how it arises and is expressed in this life.
So when we bring it all together, we get a grid with four sections: beyond & noticing, beyond & working, include & noticing, and include & working.
We go beyond by noticing the larger whole of the polarity and the polarities. For instance, by finding ourselves as the Witness, as pure seeing, the world of form – including and beyond poles and polarities – is revealed as a fluid seamless whole. Here and now, as it arises in immediate awareness.
And we go beyond by discovering ourselves as awake void, and the world of form as nothing other than this awake void.
We include in the same ways, first by finding the larger whole that includes poles and polarities. And then by noticing the world of from as the awake void itself.