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Creation and Destruction

Updated on June 19, 2020

The Cycles

Nearly every human endeavor requires that something be created or destroyed in order for us to exist, as we know how to exist.

Where there is birth, there is death. Where there are laws, people break them. Despite the measures taken by conservationists, humanitarians, and the like, to preserve the true treasures in life, the cycle of creation and destruction continues. Often times more than not this cycle is uninhibited even by our best efforts.

Accepting the cycle of creation and destruction may help one deal with the dilemmas we may face from time to time of what is deemed right or wrong. How we choose to exist is purely an individual choice. How we perceive what is good or bad would be subject to what we hold to be true.

If we look at the awe and delight of a child (or adult) early Christmas morning when the colorful lights are twinkling in the dawn of the newborn day. To see the joy and merriment in a Child's (or adult) eye serves to lift your own spirit up high.

The Christmas tree (together with the presents) has served its life purpose. This purpose perhaps is to uplift another living being and bring much joy in to their life, solely because of its presence. Although the trees life purpose has been spent it does not cease to exist. If it withers and rots from non-use, it transforms back in to the earth to nourish many and the cycle of creation and destruction continue.


Perhaps if we viewed this in terms other then creation and destruction we can see a pattern emerge.

A perfect balance it appears to be, in my mind.

If we decrease something we inevitably are increasing something else or vice versa. In our internal life, if we are decreasing in one area we are inevitably increasing in another also. It has been said by many, if we unlearn (decrease) we increase our ability to understand the mysteries of life. If we lose something or someone (house, car, business, loved one) we are gaining wisdom or a deeper understanding from the loss.

To build a house we are taking from the forest. To feed ourselves we are taking from the earth. When we are taxed it is reducing our pay yet we are increasing others opportunity to be fed or increasing the governments ability to maintain justice and peace.

However which way we look at it there is increases and decreases in almost everything we do. Perfect Balance.

Here are a few more examples that may occur within us.

When we decrease our heartlessness we are increasing our compassion. When we decrease our selfishness we are increasing our selflessness. When we decrease our hate we are increasing our ability to love. When we decrease our discontent we are increasing our ability to be content. When we decrease our conceitedness we are increasing our ability to be humble.

For me compassion, selflessness, love, contentment and humility all naturally arise from a reservoir within. Therefore when we decrease the learned behavior that is not useful and that is sometimes unconscious. Eventually what arises is far more rewarding, than that which has been learned, to not only ourselves but all those whom we interact with in our day to day lives.


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    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Sorry for my late reply Vladmir, have been offline for the most part. Yes I agree with your sentiments. Thanks understand now.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Hello friend. “Pathological” I meant is sick world. Mental part play great role but only because mental part I call it soul is servant to spirit or body. Depends who is the boss. Spirit I mean human spirit.

      Yes matter is duality, has two parts. But life needs the spirit the third component.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Vladmir,

      When you say pathological, are you meaning mental projections?

      Also too when you mention tri-unity are you referring to duality and the spirit?

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Before I finish reading comments I would like to say what I have inside.

      Materialist see only duality. And it is true. In physics we have plus and minus. Here is my conclusion: "The state we live is only pathological result, oposite of original intent".

      If we move furher, life is tridimentional or triunity (vesrus duality). Here is plus and minus in material, and then here spirit. So you are right if accepting only materialistic view.

      munirahmadmughal sad, His God created both live and the death. It is not true in our Creator. In the beginning He created light in the darkness, and he created only life and not (never) death. The death came from adversary.

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting. Makes sense to me. Thanks for stopping by Vinaya.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      9 years ago from Nepal

      Your perception of the truth is very interesting. According to Hindu and Buddhist world view, the cycle of creation and destruction goes on and on and this is called samsara. Samsara aslo means cycle of birth (creation) and death (destruction).

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New Zealand

      A belated hello to you too treasures; I am glad you liked it. At the time there was not much more flowing but I do agree with you that more could have been said. Perhaps if I ponder over it the flow might be there. Thanks so much!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New Zealand

      A belated hi to you martie. I like that example. Thanks so much for stopping in even though I haven't been here!

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      Sima Ballinger 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      This is deep pennyofheaven. I can really appreciate increase and descrease. The principle is awesome. Made me think of things in my life like: loss and gain. Losing something, interesting enough, does often create peace.

      I like this Hub. You could have said more and I would have been okay with that.


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      Martie Coetser 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      pennyofheaven – Creation and Destruction is a lucid perception, and I agree with you. “One man’s death is another man’s bread,” is another example of destruction-creation. Take care!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Yes agree duality is the reflection of this oneness. Duality being ever changing and oneness unchanging except for our perceptions.

      I love having these types of conversations. As this was written many many years ago and my writing has evolved. It helps me realize clarity although improved slightly now will need to be improved or at least reviewed to improve the clarity in the older writings.

      Thank you my friend Lots of love to you!

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      Antoine Van Hove 

      10 years ago

      Dear Penny, what I mean with 'supersedes' is, that oneness is untouched, and real. Always.

      And duality, is more of the appearance as you say, but it is the illusion. It is not real.

      So, oneness transcends duality.

      Yes, I think we are not too far fetched from each other. But I always feel a desire to get these things very clear, you see.

      Not only to and for ourselves, but also to anyone else.

      Since we have such a strong habit in sustaining duality, that when we begin to focus on oneness, we easily slip back into our old pattern.

      I admit it was a bit of a warning from my side. But let me assure you, certainly not to you personally. But generally, to all readers.

      Nice conversation though, in trying to clearify things, isn't it? ;-)

      With love, my dear friend!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Awww my dearest Antoine: I don't think we see it that differently at all. I agree it is a collective agreement that duality exists as it does. If you make note of my comment to munirahmadmughal you will see that in my view nothing is ever completely destroyed. Rather it is transformed from one state to another. Creation and Destruction are exactly that. Transformation. As is increase and decreasing. There is never any loss as we know loss to be living in a dualistic world. It only "appears" that way. The only thing I do think we differ in is that the oneness is not separate to the duality of our existence. That is only because I do not know what your intended meaning for supersedes? Destruction and Creation, increasing and decreasing and their transformations are transforming because they are part of that which is eternal however temporal they appear to be. This maintains the balance in a dual world and is pointing to that which is whole. The oneness. We often do not see what that which is being destroyed or decreased has transformed to. This is pointing to nothing is ever lost as it sometimes appears to be.

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      Antoine Van Hove 

      10 years ago

      Sorry, Penny. For the first time I do not agree with you.

      The processes you describe (creation and destruction) are the way they are because we agreed collectively to them. that is why we see them reflected all the time. They are reflections of our fragmented and dualistic minds.

      In a way, you are walking on thin ice, in making the link between what happens in the outside world and our inner world. And than again also not.

      I try to explain...

      Seeing reality in terms of creation and destruction is looking with eyes of duality.

      And the glasses you wear, determine what you see as a reflection.

      So duality produces duality.

      While everything is a reflection of oneness. Even duality!

      Also, at the end you speak of 'unconscious'.

      Well, that is exactly what duality is, by source and product, and cause and effect.

      Duality is unconsciousness, oneness is consciousness.

      To me you make a 'mental' mistake of thought by saying: "Therefore when we decrease the learned behavior".

      That is in fact not the case.

      You cannot decrease those, but only release them.

      Free yourself from them.

      They are not potentiometers that go down when the other goes up.

      And after doing that (releasing), indeed, as you say: "all naturally arise from a reservoir within."

      But those arise, not as the result of their supposed diminished 'dualistic' counterpart, but out of the inner contact with, and insights about the true nature of oneness.

      A big, and very fundamental difference!

      Since oneness superseedes duality, it has no link with it.

      Sorry, but I want to be honest with you as always.

      Looking forward to your reaction and reflection, because I may be wrong of course. Or maybe I misunderstood.

      But this is how I see and feel about what you wrote.

      With love!

    • pennyofheaven profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      munirahmadmughal: What you seem to pointing to is that which is beyond the duality of the world we live in. The higher heavens as is stated has no distinctions because in reality nothing is ever completely destroyed as it is all energy. It is merely transformed. Death to some is a transformation then. Understanding eternal life then takes on a whole new meaning. Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your comments.


      pugmarks123: The nature of the world we live in yes I do agree. Thanks for stopping in!

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      10 years ago from INDIA

      Yes it's nature rules on us **Creation and Destruction**

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      10 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "Creation and Destruction"

      The hub is full of life and death philosophy.

      The guidance on the subject available in the Holy Qur'an is:

      Blessed be He In whose hands is Dominion; and He over all things hath Power;-

      He who created death and life, that He may try which of you is best In deed: and He is the Exalted In Might, Oft-Forgiving;-

      He who created the seven heavens one above another: no Want of proportion wilt Thou see In the creation of ((Allah)) Most Gracious. so turn Thy vision again: seest Thou any flaw?

      Again turn Thy vision a second time: (thy) vision will come back to Thee dull and discomfited, In a state worn out.

      And We have, (from of old), adorned the lowest heaven with Lamps, and we have made such (Lamps) (as) missiles to drive away the evil ones, and have prepared for them the penalty of the Blazing Fire.

      For those who reject their Lord (and Cherisher) is the penalty of Hell: and evil is (such), destination.

      when They are cast therein, They will Hear the (terrible) drawing In of its breath Even As it blazes forth,

      almost bursting with fury: every time a group is cast therein, its keepers will ask, "Did no warner come to you?"

      They will say: "Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we rejected Him and said, '(Allah) never sent down any (Message): ye are nothing but an egregious delusion!'"

      They will further say: "Had we but listened or used Our intelligence, we should not (now) be among the companions of the Blazing Fire!"

      They will then confess their sins: but far will be (Forgiveness) from the companions of the Blazing Fire!

      [67:1 to 11]

      May God bless all


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