Evolution would never have happened if all the entities and group structures that exist today had not found a symbiotic way of living with each other, and with their physical environment—a way of living that minimized stress.
You cannot exist as an entity or a group structure in the physical world if you are not able to keep everything in balance.
For the human body, this means living in a symbiotic relationship with its natural physical environment. For the human ego, it means living in a symbiotic relationship with the body, with other individuals, and with the soul. Thus, there are three relationships you need to focus on if you want to keep yourself in balance.
When these three relationships are in good order, we are able to find fulfilment, and operate at high levels of performance because the needs of the body, the ego, and the soul are all being met—all three decision-making authorities are in alignment, each of them is experiencing internal stability and external equilibrium, and the whole human being is living in harmony with its environment. The following diagram shows the relationship between the three minds and the external environment. (Click on diagram to enlarge)
When these three relationships fall out of balance, the result is stress: stress on the body, stress on the ego or stress on the soul.
You reduce stress on your body by creating a healthy living environment, eating organic nutritious food, and keeping yourself physically fit.
You reduce stress on your ego by creating a safe and secure environment, building a strong family life, and participating in activities that interest you and challenge you to excel.
You reduce stress on your soul by finding work that aligns with your soul purpose, being part of a community of like-minded souls, and maintaining a spiritual discipline.
To keep these nine aspects of your life in balance you will need to constantly bring into play the five evolutionary characteristics—adaptability, continuous learning, the ability to bond, the ability to cooperate, and the ability to handle complexity. (Click on diagram to enlarge)
There will always be changes in your life. Nothing ever stays the same. Managing change means being able to maintain internal stability and external equilibrium in all situations and circumstances in all aspects of the balance wheel of human life.
There is a natural order to the balance wheel of human life which is evolutionary in nature. When we create the right environment we will produce food that nourishes us. When we eat the right food in the right amounts we will keep the body healthy. When we exercise our optimised body we will be able to defend ourselves and find work that provides us with an income so that we can create a safe environment for our family. The security of family life will enable us to go out into the world and explore our interests. By exploring our interests we will find the work which aligns with our purpose. When we find our purpose we will be drawn into our (soul) community. Through this community we will experience a deep connection to the source that enlivens us, and we will want to preserve and enhance that link by maintaining a spiritual discipline. This discipline will remind us of the energetic oneness of everything which will lead us into caring for our environment—and the circle is complete.
During the first part of your life you will be focused on keeping the body-mind and ego-mind in balance—living a healthy life and managing your deficiency needs. If you have been successful in this regard, during the second part of your life your focus will shift to keeping your soul-mind in balance, while still maintaining the internal stability and external equilibrium of your body-mind and ego-mind.
Chapter 12: General Practices