Bias in a World of Polarity and Duality

Within my First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble, I perceive reality as duality.  In a system or universe of polarity, there’s bound to be duality. My need to separate out and choose what’s best for me, biases my perception  towards a polarity. I move from a neutral perception, where everything has equal status for my use, into a polarized view of what’s right and what isn’t. What I feel is right and believe has value to me, I consider useful.

What I convince myself is the best choice, biases my experience. This biased polarity becomes the base of my story and intention.

How polarity biases my choice and my experience

From my perspective, I compare everything based on my relationship to it. Due to this centrist bias, I feel I must understand how that relationship functions and then control it in my favor. My judgements derive from this polarity in perspective – my sense of self (the bias-favored “I”) vs not self (them). I vs them then becomes the poles of my duality reality.

How I keep my “earth” at the center of the universe!

Everything in a system has a value that defines its role in the system. Polarity grows out of this value judgement by dividing value from value – like positive vs negative, male vs female, and etc. Thus, my polarities are defined in terms of my VALUES for ME and THEM. The competition between I vs them is actually a competition between apparently objective, yet actually subjective “measurements” of values. Since I bias the comparison in my own favor, I never get to see you in terms of your intrinsic value – only in terms of my own prejudiced value. I affect reality by defining poles in terms of self-centric weighted values!

How much of this and that falls within my paradigm defines the poles of my dualistic universe. The polarities I perceive in duality that I think I understand may be much broader than my conscious awareness of it. Because I hold fast to my belief of ME as the center of the universe, and resist considering alternatives, I may be limiting what I CAN experience. I’ve set the values for polarity within the bounds of safety, propriety, and rightness.

What if there is more beyond my polarized boundaries? Like connection?

  • What other perspectives might I explore?
  • How might a change in my perspective change our experience?
  • Why do I limit myself to just one perspective?
  • Who are we beyond my polarity?

Measuring Values Creates Polarity

In a First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble, values rule! Values and comparisons seem to work well together. I don’t think I would have the ability to choose without them.

Comparing values may be an ambiguous, non-standardized way for measuring what deserves my attention. To make a measurement, one needs a scale upon which to make a comparison. Scales involve polarity.

One type of scale requires polarities that define the outer limits or extent of the most extreme expected measurement. Another requires a balance point between two polarities. Each type of scale requires common content and context in which to make a measurement. Hence, the old saying, “You can’t compare apples to oranges…”

I seek what validates my preset values. The amount of attention I invest in a thing is the measurement of its value on that preset scale. In this way I can compare worthiness in terms of threats and benefits to my survival on a scale I understand.

Chronic value measuring keeps my mind occupied in creating and maintaining a standard, a quick reference guide to survival. At the top of my standards list is the greatest threat or benefit to my survival.

My need to be right creates polarity and a lifetime of measuring values

I believe I know how I should understand my reality. I have learned to trust my ability to measure values and accept them as accurate and true.

Polarity demands certitude

When I get close to certainty of my value judgments, I’m getting dangerously close to valuing myself at one end or pole of that scale. The closer my attention is to the poles of my value scale, the less likely I am to be fluid with my measurements, and the more likely I am to become certain and immovable. Certitude tends to lock down my scale – including its polarities.

To investigate this phenomenon, I like to get quiet and ask my inner wisdom:

  1. What do I value?
  2. How do I measure it?
  3. Why do I measure it?
  4. Who am I as I move towards polarity?

By asking these questions within, my deeper mind can search for its truths and help my conscious mind…

  • know and understand the real me.
  • reveal misunderstandings I’ve created that have supported a false me.
  • stop measuring myself, knowing I need no setting of values.