Emotional polarization in Empaths. What an interesting topic. To truly understand it we will delve into the ideas of duality such as good and evil, and the more new age ideas of lightworkers and darkworkers. And we will look at some of the archetypes associated with each of these dyadic facets. As with every discussion here, we will start off with a few definitions to further the understanding of what we are talking about here.
Lightworker: An individual who's primary focus and intention is to work on improving the WORLD first, and who's reasoning is that by helping THE WORLD he will be able to make a positive change in his own life.
Darkworker: An individual who's primary focus and intention is to work on improving HIMSELF first, and who's reasoning is that by helping HIMSELF he will be able to make a positive change in the world.
Polarization: 1. the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized. 2. a : division into two opposites b : concentration about opposing extremes of groups or interests formerly ranged on a continuum.
Duality: 1. The state of having two natures 2. a situation or nature that has two states or parts that are complementary or opposed to each other. 3. being twofold; a classification into two opposed parts or subclasses.
Emotional Polarization: A distinct preference toward one or more types of emotions (love, romance, friendship, altruism, kindness, empathy, joy, etc.). While at the same time, it is a ostrization of opposing and/or conflicting emotions (anger, fear, guilt, regret, shame, sorrow, resentment, etc.). A good example of this would be someone deemed 'Emo'. This type of person leans toward sorrow and depression, while shunning lighter emotions such as joy and excitement.
The general assumption about Lightworkers and Darkworkers would be: one is good and one is evil. It seems the most reasonable and plausible explanation, on the surface that is. But in truth, one must ask themselves one question:
Now in saying this, I am not talking about those who would seek to hurt and/or abuse others, manipulate others, or use them for their own personal needs and then throw them out like a used tissue. There is real evil in the world, which is undeniable. And this is not offered up in order to advocate that type of person and/or their behavior. So if this has ticked you off, please put your pitchforks away and keep reading. It will all come full circle by the end.
There are two main archetypes behind the terms Lightworker and Darkworker, the Angel and the Demon. They are dual facets of a single whole.
People with Angels Archetypes are messengers and rescuers; companions, guardians of miracles. They are also servants of the greater good, serving the outward world in a helping capacity. Some people with an Angel Archetype may not physically serve, but instead serve to inspire others through word, instead of deed. Another term for this type of archetype is called the Human Angel. They are thought to be living beings of Light and messengers of the Divine.
From a biblical perspective, the Demon/Devil Archetype is frequently associated with Satan or Lucifer, but the Devil or Demon Archetype should be considered as a unique archetype, separate from its dark association with Satan or Lucifer. This is because archetypes are offered up as a metaphor of the human psyche, rather than in a religious context.
The Devil Figure archetype is a common villainous figure that appears in both contemporary and traditional works. The analysis of this character often reveals how a society perceives the origin of evil. So within this archetype resides all of those emotions we deem bad or dark, because this is what we are taught by the society we dwell in, from our forays into debauchery to those hidden emotions we are ashamed of. As well, this is where we tend to hide our true faces away from the world, because we are taught that conformity is the better part of valor.
As a child, we were raised to view the world in a certain perspective, one that conforms to the ideals and beliefs of both parents and society alike. This is that giving is always best, and that to think of oneself is selfish, prideful, sinful, and evil. So we set our own needs on the back burner, hiding them away beneath terms like 'my beast', 'my dark side', 'skeletons in my closet', and many others. These things become such a taboo that we become utterly paralyzed at the idea of opening that closet to see what is there, beneath the surface of our own ego.
We've come full circle in this discussion. And the most basic truth of all of this is very simple to grasp. When we choose to polarize toward one distinctive type, be it toward the light or toward the dark, it does not erase the other parts within us. Within each of us, like within the yin yang symbol, resides a little bit of each. And only through the cultivation of balancing both of these sides do we find peace of both mind and heart.
So remember this when you offer your hand out to another person. You matter as much as they do. And there is no sin in thinking of yourself, as much as you do others, despite what society, your religion, and the world at large might tell you otherwise. Your path to inner peace must always begin with you, from within yourself, and extend outward toward others. Otherwise the foundation upon which you stand can easily crumble at the first sign of a problem.