In the Center of the Orende Movement Wheel is Harmony. It is what you gain when you dance the wheel of orende choices within the law of energy.
If you remember, the cardinal directions of any wheel stabilize the energy and the non-cardinals move the energy. And, as we know, energy is constantly moving, changing, creating design or pattern, creating choreography and movement. Harmony, which sits in the center of this wheel, catalyzes both the stabilization and the movement of our orende. In other words, we can be “stable” in repulsion, adhesion, cohesion or change. OR, we can be conscious of the dark and light energy choices of competition, opposition, conflict, and alignment to “move” the energy.
Are you willing to wake up to where you are now in your relationships with self, life and others? Are you willing to make the conscious, determinative choice of the energy necessary to make a change and evolve? You are the author of your Book of Life. What story are you going to write?
Alignment energy sits Northeast. This energy has to do with one-ness. In order to change anything, you must know the nature of the energy. In the dark, alignment becomes asleepness. When you exclude the energies of competition, opposition, and conflict to gain alignment at any cost, you become asleep to reality as it is. Complacency is often what motivates this form of alignment. It is easy to become part of the problem. You don’t want to be awake and aware, and so no new knowledge or information is taken in. The price of complacency is that you will not be alert to reality danger.
In the light, a warrior will use reconnaissance, strategy and tactics to ensure that he/she will be in alignment with Sacred Law and the worlds of Grandmother Earth. This requires a willingness to be spontaneous and flexible so you can move with the changes as they happen.
Conflict energy sits in the Northwest. This energy works with dualities such as good versus evil and right versus wrong. Conflict energy is set up by the rules created by a society to get a consensus of boundaries of conformity. These boundaries, the do’s and don’ts, rights and wrongs, formulate and contain conflict.
Within conflict, one finds the illusion of freedom. If I am caught in “I’m right and you are wrong,” I am under the illusion that I am free because I need not consider your views as valid. When we use conflict in the dark, we approach it as an obstacle and it breeds victims and defeat.
However, conflict isn’t a negative thing in itself. How conflict is perceived determines whether it is seen as a challenge or an obstacle. We need conflict in order to grow. If there was no conflict, we would be bored. Seeing conflict as necessary for growth, and therefore as a challenge, breeds excellence and evolution. In nature, we see conflict behavior as a challenge wherever predator and prey behavior is exhibited. Within that natural hierarchy, predators only hit on weak or sick prey. Alpha/beta behavior is an example of conflict that is necessary for the survival of a species.
Opposition energy sits in the Southwest. This is the most misunderstood energy on the wheel. Most people think of opposition as something which is placed opposite or against something else. As an energy choice, though, opposition means working with open versus closed energy. Negative opposition is when there is an illusionary distance placed between you and your goal that stops you from getting to the heart of the matter. You give your power away. (An undertone of this energy is trying to prove your worth.) Positive opposition seeks to bridge a paradox.
Look at it this way: opposition is two parts of the whole of something. Both sides are needed to complete the picture. A man comes home from work and after dinner wants to make love with his wife, but she wants to tell him about her day. They have chosen opposition energy. If they can see that both hold parts of the whole picture, bridge the gap and begin their love making with a talk about the day, they have moved into positive opposition. If a bridge is not found, the result is paradox without a solution.
When we truly understand the nature of opposition, we can gain solution by bridging the paradox without judgments. We take action to find the bridge between the paradox, rather than watching or waiting for something to happen. The positive expression of opposition is doing what we do because it’s the best we know how to do. In the words of Jeff Cooper, creator of American Pistol Institute, “Do you know what to do? Are you capable of doing it? Take care of business.” When faced with opposition energy and wanting to be in the light, first focus your intent, decide what to do, then take responsibility. The Great Spirit has a grand design (or a great sense of humor). Try to see the greater picture.
Competition sits in the Southeast. Innate within competition is motivation. It is competition that motivates us to strive for excellence. A common first level understanding of competition is that you are in the light when you compete with yourself. When you compete against others, you are in the dark. However, you can engage in both of these in the light or in the dark. To see how, let’s deepen this teaching.
When you choose the energy of competition with yourself, you may be working with win-lose energy, which can carry dark energy. For example, if you are competing against yourself and you get into perfectionism, have a fear of success or failure, or you lack self-acceptance, you become your own worst enemy. However, if you are stretching for your own inner excellence and using competition energy to make the next jumps, you are working with this energy in the light. Therefore, it becomes a win-win.
A clue to help you discern whether you are in the dark or light is in your response to the question: “How well can I take a compliment without an excuse, an appearance of humility or denial?” The degree to which you can simply let the compliment in is the degree to which you are in competition for your own inner excellence. When you deny a compliment, you are in negative competition with self. To change negative competition, accept how well you did something, and acknowledge that next time you can and will do better. Each time you do the best possible, know it can only get easier.
When you are in negative competition against others, you want to win at all cost, putting others down in order to show how great you are. Your intent is to beat another. If you are in positive competition with another, it is a win-win situation. Remember, you can’t win without a worthy opponent. Therefore, compete as friends. SwiftDeer says choose excellence if you want the test of a worthy opponent.
Your intent is very important. There are times when using what looks like “negative” competition is really positive. For example, if you are in street combat or a life/death situation, don’t try to teach love/light competition energy. Go against your foe and use your competitive edge to save your life.
No matter which Orende Law of Attraction we experience (repulsion, adhesion, cohesion, or change), we have four choices of energetic response: competition, opposition, conflict, or alignment. This is how we work with the energy that is present. They sit in the non-cardinals on the wheel. These choices of energy can be dealt with in the dark or in the light. Our attitude toward these choices makes the difference in the quality of their expression.
The Orende Laws of Attraction are the qualities of energy and whether it attracts or repels. The factor that has the greatest bearing on each law is whether or not we, as humans, know the law and use it to come into alignment with the energy that is present.
Let’s start in the South with the orende law of repulsion. Have you ever had the experience of meeting a person for whom you had an instant dislike? You didn’t have a history with them nor any reason to dislike them. However, there is something about them which made you feel very uncomfortable. You just wanted to get away. Or have you been in relationship with someone you love, you began to grow and change, and all of a sudden you were uncomfortable in their presence? You just wanted to get away, yet you still loved them. If so, you have experienced the orende law of repulsion.
The dictionary says repulsion is the “feeling of aversion, i.e., a feeling of repugnance for something with a desire to avoid it.” We say repulsion means you feel a discomfort from which you want to get away. The energetic cause is an overall energy (orende) difference between the two individuals greater than 2.
A note of caution here: When we first learn about the orende laws, it is easy to fall into a self-importance trap. We make excuses for an obvious lack within the relationship by saying, “Well, I have a higher orende than my partner,” when really what is called for is learning how to communicate with each other or taking responsibility for your needs, wants and desires.