I have had the infinity sign in my head continually since 2004. I’m not sure why. I just remember playing with polarities back then and seeing them everywhere. They looked more like a flow than a linear path from one to the other. Polarities are inherent in each other. We use terms describing them all the time; either/or; always/never. Paradox is the ability to hold two seemingly opposite thoughts in the same thought….both/and is a developmental stage.
Many people get stuck in either/or thinking. It’s just easier. Exploring the both/and requires curiosity, cognitive complexity, a willingness to not know, a love of exploration, not much ego identification with having an answer…in short: expansive, creative thinking. For some of us, that is fun.
I think of the magical intersection as “now”. The horizontal plane is about doing. It symbolizes past, present, and future. Each day we get up and do things. We go into action. We are moving along the plane of time. The vertical plane is about being. It is the state of being which connects us above to imagination, ideas, inspiration, creativity... all of those intangible things that we know exist, but we can’t hand them to each other in the physical. They are “meta-physical.” The vertical plane also requires us to be grounded and connected to earth in order to create in physical form. It symbolizes space. We are in time and space always. The conscious awareness of that allows us to be intentional about our impact.
When I taught kindergarten, adults asked the children, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I always thought that was 2 questions, “Who do you want to be and what do you want to do?”
When we take the time, attention, and intention to explore who we are and who we are wanting to be, we can make conscious choices about what to do with our beingness.
When I make conscious choices to BE open, accepting, receptive, and curious, it transforms not only my experience of an interaction, but the experience of whomever I’m interacting with. It creates a different space. That kind of connection is so compelling that it changes both of us.
As always, it takes practice. And…willingness, commitment, and support. I can’t pull it off constantly, but I do have a commitment to try it as often as I can.
How about you?
What is your experience?
When and with whom do you connect in that way and what do you notice?