Equilibrium implies a “stable mental and psyche dynamics” in which psyche forces cancel one another to obtain a healthy perspective based on higher levels of awareness. Equilibrium - in essence - is the equality of distribution, a stable situation in which disharmonious forces cancel one another, which allows for a balanced or realistic mindset and outlook on life (i.e. a healthy & balanced PVC). Thus, the term equilibrium implies “balanced forces”.
Mechanical equilibrium is its literal definition. For example… A book sitting on a table top remains at rest, because the downward force exerted by the earth's gravity acting on the book's mass (this is what is meant by the “weight” of the book) is exactly balanced by the repulsive force between atoms that prevents two objects from simultaneously occupying the same space; acting - in this case - between the table surface and the book. When we pick up the book and raise it above the table top, the additional upward force exerted by our arm “destroys” the state of equilibrium as the book moves upward. If we wish to hold the book at rest above the table, we adjust the upward force to exactly balance (or match) the weight of the book (i.e. earth's gravity); thus restoring equilibrium on a different level. An object is in a state of mechanical equilibrium when it is either static (motionless) or in a state of unchanging motion. From the physics formula of f = ma, it is apparent that if the net force on the object is zero, its acceleration must also be zero; so when we can see that an object is not undergoing a change in its motion, we know that it is in mechanical equilibrium.
Although sustaining our psyche equilibrium is not as elementary and straightforward as mechanical equilibrium. The same PRINCIPLE of balanced forces is also applicable. Similar to mechanical equilibrium, psyche equilibrium also is influenced by the very roots of energy forces which states that…
- energy cannot be created, nor destroyed; ONLY transformed and
- uncontrolled energy results in chaos and destruction.
The above implies that in order for us to establish and maintain psyche equilibrium, we have to respect and “cooperate” with the energy “transformation” and “control” principles. We have to channel our psyche energies free from unnecessary obstruction, stuckness and/or blockages. However, doing so, is often much easier said than done; but it is quite possible when we consistently and deliberately make an effort to do so. As the ancient Chinese proverb indicate… “The longest and most difficult journey always starts with the first step and once we obtain momentum, the many steps which follow can be surprisingly easy to take”. Although psyche equilibrium is as obvious and logical as mechanical equilibrium; many people still fail to fully understand the implications of psyche equilibrium. To place psyche equilibrium in a more understandable context, let's consider the following scenario…
Our stress energies (for example resulting from examinations or tests in a study environment), which frequently is the result of cognitive dissonance in our believe which cannot be true simultaneously… and often blocks or obstructs the free-flow of our learning energies. This energy obstruction surface when we have to choose between spending an evening studying or participating in some kind of social event. The “answer” to this internal conflict normally is , BUT it is a completely different ball game from an inner point of view. There are many variables that need to be considered and place into context first, before we can restore our psyche equilibrium. Some variables (i.e. questions) - in this particular case - that needs to be considered might be…
- how well is this learning contents currently mastered?
- how difficult is it to master the material?
- what is the present level of my subject studying effort?
- when is the test or examination to be written?
- what other responsibilities do I have?
- how well prepared and confident am I to be assessed on the material?
- what is my personal opinion with regards to my level of intelligence?
- how do my performance compare to that of my fellow students?
- how many social events did I accept/reject in the past?
- what is the importance of this social event for me… and for others?
- how important do I view the other people present at the social event?
- the implication for peer group acceptance, when I am present or not present at the social event?
- the significance of the person - for me - which extent the invitation?
- the “size” of my present circle of friends?
- which serve my goal in life the most productively at the moment?
- what holds the most meaning for me now, and the future?
- where am I now and where do I want to be?
- what is my present circumstances?
- my vision statement for the future?
- impact of my value statement, priorities, ethics and mission in life?
- influence on the legacy statement I am attempting to establish?
- …etc. …etc. …etc. …etc. …etc. and again …etc. …etc. …etc. …etc. …etc.
The above question series examples may uncontrollably rush through our minds on conscious, subconscious and unconscious awareness levels, and when we fail to efficiently calibrate our mindset (i.e. channel our thinking/reasoning energies), the resulting “uncontrolled energy surges and spikes” quite often have an unproductive outcome… we either fail our test/exam, are rejected by our peers or both. This mainly happens because we fail to “transform our stress energies” into the setting of realistic and obtainable short, medium and long term goals; properly digest and assimilate environmental information; prioritize our present reference structure; identify realistic time lines; setting of feasible mile stones; determine our life strategy and a personal CPD.
When we fail to restore our psyche equilibrium, we frequently opt for an illusion of balance in life by blaming it on our parent(s), the circumstances, use some chemical substance to “suppress the pain” of conflict or inner dualities, develop an addiction, depend on divine forces, call on beings for protection, …etc. Thus, to regain our psyche equilibrium and control in life again, we need to transform our stress energies and channel it into more productive means such personal goals, learning objectives, learning strategies and/or an accountable LDP that - gradually - manifest as a responsible CPD.
Emotional maturity is the ultimate state of psyche equilibrium that we all strive for, when we have to constantly deal with the many duality's of our umwelt to productively balance the psyche “forces” of Victim/Martyr (i.e. Wild Horse attitude) with the psyche “forces” of Survivor/Witness (i.e. Oryx attitude).