Rick, John W, John K, Phoebe and perhaps others I am missing have given great comments on the question at hand. By the way, John K - welcome back. May your stay be uninterrupted.
And, John W., Is there any book or writing available giving the Kabalistic meaning of sounds? What you've said so far about them touches on one of the future keys.
I will attempt to give some further comments that will add to the question which is:
"All of creation takes place because of an interplay of positive and negative (male-female) forces. Most teachers believe that these two forces are exactly equal and balance each other out; therefore there is no such thing as good and evil in the scheme of things.
"Why is this an illusionary belief? Are the positive and negative (good and evil) exactly equal? If not then what does this have to do with the creation of the dominating good? What would happen if the dualities were exactly equal?"
Positive and negative can only exist when they are close to being equal, but not quite equal. The imbalance of energy in our physical world thus causes one energy to be a sending one and one to be a receiver. The process of sending and receiving is an attempt by nature to bring balance in the universe.
If all energies were to become perfectly balanced, then we would have perfect circles formed around a point which would then be reduced to a point of nothingness. As it is, there are no perfect circles and this lack of perfect circles of energy in motion creates a spiral of ever increasing size. The universe is a spiral of ever increasing size, ever expanding. Just as we humans are ever seeking to increase our ring-pass-not, even so is the universe as a whole expanding its ring.
The universe of physical form is created because one of the energies dominates and this domination is called "the dominating good" by the sages.
In the total scheme of things evil is that which takes us toward dissolution and nothingness, and good is that which takes us toward creation and order. We thus have these two energies interplaying, one in the direction of disorder and dissolution, and the other toward order and creation. Thankfully the energy of creation dominates and thus the universe is ever Becoming and evolving as an ever expanding spiral.
Whereas it is true that the positive energy dominates in our physical world, the negative dominates in the etheric and astral. Then the positive dominates in the mental and so on up to the monad.
This universe is created by seven rays and is part of seven planes which is merely a subplane of a greater system of seven greater planes.
Each odd number representing a ray or plane (and even years) is polarized in the positive energy and the even numbers are polarized in the negative energy. Notice that concerning this great number of seven that we have four positive numbers and three negative which gives all creation a domination toward the positive, or the dominating good.
When the time comes in the far future that the universe will be created on a basis of twelve, then a point of perfect balance will be reached; thus the great symbology and power of twelve as a spiritual number that penetrates the soul into the unseen.
Time to move on to the next principle of discovery which is:
(19) Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened - Ask and you shall receive.
I remember when I first heard this scripture when I was a kid. I though this was a great promise because I had many questions. But then to my disappointment I found that just asking God for an answer did not seem to work. Finally, I found the following scripture which gave me encouragement. Here it is in a modern English translation.
Jesus said: "Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would shout up to him, 'A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I've nothing to give him to eat.' He would call down from his bedroom, 'Please don't ask me to get up. The door is locked for the night and we are all in bed. I just can't help you this time.'
"But I'll tell you this; though he won't do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you everything you want; just because of your persistence. And so it is with prayer; keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks, receives; all who seek, find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks.
What is the key revealed here that aids in the discovery of truth and how does the principle of attention and the point of tension come into play?
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