Human thought is polarized. Behaviorism, spiritualism, communism, capitalism, democracy, and nihilism (to name only a few!) run the gamut from dictatorship to freedom to anarchy. Human thinking gyrates wildly between hatred and love, callousness and compassion, and from the depths of darkness to inexpressible beauty. Because human thought tends toward inflexibility – which then leads to argument and violence – polarity is assumed to be an inherently bad thing. In a polarized system people take sides, opinions harden, and there is a lot of contention. But polarity also has a hidden quality that goes hand-in-hand with wholeness and understanding.

Polarity is defined as

“The possession or manifestation of two opposing attributes, tendencies or principles.”

“An individual or polar extreme.”
— American Heritage Dictionary.

Electrically, polarity is defined as “the condition of being positive or negative in relation to a magnetic pole.”
— Webster's New World Dictionary, College Edition.

A dipole is defined as two electric charges separated by a distance. A battery is a kind of dipole. It has two poles, positive and negative, creating a potential between the two poles that generates energy that can be directed to do useful work. Interestingly, a hydrogen atom is also a dipole because it has two charges, a positive one on the nucleus and a negative one on the electron, separated by a distance. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe.

A dipole generates energy.

Without separated and opposing charges or potentials, no energy can flow. And without energy, there can be no life! (The word energy comes from the Ancient Greek word ἐνέργεια (enérgeia), “activity.”) But polarity by definition creates separateness, which leads to disagreement and violence.

It seems that the very concept of polarity is polarized!


Wouldn’t it be better to exist in a state of complete harmony and peace? Such a system is characterized by broad agreement. Conflict and war would be impossible if polarity was eliminated. However, such a system would be also stagnant because it is not generating much energy within itself. When the electrons within the battery find complete balance, that battery is dead. It can no longer generate energy because the surplus electrons at the cathode (negative pole) have all flowed to the anode positive pole). Perfect balance has been achieved. But it’s a stagnant balance with no energy in it.

Complete harmony cannot be an ideal state for physical existence because it is unchanging, and will collapse if the system is ever thrown out of balance.

We have stated this principle before in relation to tensegrity structures (see The Geometry of Harmony) .

Polarity or duality is an ideal condition because the energy generated within it can lead to more and more abundance, expansion, and growth. Of course it can also lead to contention, conflict, and war, but that is the nature of polarity. You take the bad with the good.

`Polarity by definition requires separateness of the two plates or poles of the dipole.

In order for there to be energy at all there must be a separation.

Metaphysically speaking, Oneness does not generate any energy. At a minimum Twoness, which involves two poles and separation between them, is required for energy generation or transfer.

Oneness may be an ideal condition for a state of BEING, but it is a poor idea for a physical universe!

Energy is the potential difference between two terminals. Energy can be potential (as in voltage) or kinetic (as in current flow).

In order to have a universe at all, in order for there to be existence in any form – as opposed to a pure potential – there must be separation, which creates space. Polarity is a natural condition for all things in the physical universe.

At the same time there is, inherently, an intimate relationship between the two separated things, because they are sharing energy. This intimate relationship mitigates the confrontational effects of polarity.

Thought and Consciousness

In the vibrational universe concept, thought is the product of consciousness.

In this conception, a thought is the underlying, fundamental quanta of the universe. Consciousness is non-physical; a pure, creative potential. Consciousness is Brahman, out of which the material world of Form is created. This idea (thousands of years old) contradicts the Conservation of Energy law in physics, which states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. However, the conservation law leads inevitably to a giant contradiction, for it means that all of the energy in the universe must have existed, without reduction or increase, for 13.5 billion years since the first femtosecond of time. Cosmologists have come up with workarounds to this contradiction, but I’m not buying them.

I’m going with the idea that consciousness, the Creative Principle, exists independent of physical containers or forms. Consciousness creates energy via thought. (For a graphical illustration of this concept, see my YouTube movie, The Unity of Spirit and Matter.

In this conception, the universe is filled with quanta created by the One consciousness. Although each quantum is discrete, and so separate from other quanta, they have affinity toward each other because both particles were created from the same Creative Source. Therefore the space between them is merely an extension of the consciousness which created them, and cannot be separated from the particles themselves. In other words, an invisible thought substance fills the ethers, the vacuum of space, and is within all things. This idea corresponds with David Bohm’s idea of the Implicate Order, an invisible stratum that generates the particles and physical objects in the universe.

Space and whatever is in the space (matter and energy) are intimately connected.

From our human viewpoint, we perceive space as lifeless and cold, but this occurs because the receptor cells of the human body only perceive within a tiny, tiny, tiny portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

The polarity of our world is perceptual, and self-created. Ultimately, all Form (matter and energy) is composed of the same thought energy, and cannot be separated from the space which allows each particle or quanta to be discrete. Wholeness, or Bohm’s Implicate Order, is the product of consciousness and is therefore intimately connected with us, with every human being and life form on earth.


Polarity is an essential condition for existence, for without it, a physical universe could not exist. Without polarity, there can be no separateness, and therefore no energy, and no independent existence of physical objects. If we want to play around in a universe, we must embrace the idea of polarity, even though it can lead to some disagreeable consequences.

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