Pain & Pleasure

Joy was separated when it entered duality, into fifty percent pain and fifty percent pleasure; pain and pleasure are opposite sides of the same coin, with pain being the shadow side of joy, and pleasure as its light side. Some avoid the former and chase the latter, which creates an imbalance and an unsatisfying happiness with diminishing returns, while others avoid pleasure and thus experience less pain, and live a joyless life as a monk in solitude. However, true joy comes after the Two have again been reunited as the One, which results from shadow work and the individuation processes. ~Nathan & Aline

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