Balancing three basic forces to deal with daily life

August 8, 2019 | By More

I always loved philosophy and through the exploration of various philosophies, I found for myself that eastern philosophy was the most accessible one. Eastern philosophy is practical, nondogmatic and profoundly spiritual. Last week, speaking with a client about dealing with her inertia, feeling blocked, procrastinating in ways that are detrimental to her, I remembered a rather simple principle that I learned decades ago. Sankhya yog is an ancient school of philosophy that I studied and it helped me find ways to look at life in practical, useful ways. As with all major contemplative philosophies, sankhya yog states that our source is one. Meditation sages of the past saw that the source of all life is absolutely one, and one alone. That means that we all share a common origin and that we come from the same ultimate lineage. From that essence, that pure life force if you may, the world of forms was born. The sages saw that inherent to all forms (e.g., nature, animals, people) there were three basic forces at play. Simple enough, yet wonderfully practical. I used below these basic forces’ Sanskrit names and explain their meaning: 

Tamas:  Inertia, darkness, stillness, ignorance. Though tamas is often understood negatively, it has its place and is needed in positive ways (see the example below).

Rajas: Activity, dynamism, growth.

Sattwa: Harmony, balance, virtues, depth, perspective, light, awareness.

Everywhere we look there is a mixture of these three forces. For example, to grow a flower we plant a seed in the earth, we need to leave it there (tamas: stillness, darkness, inertia), we add water (rajas: activity, growth) and with the right circumstances, a flower grows (sattwa: harmony, beauty, balance of shape, colors). All three forces exist in various ratios and they are looked at with objectivity.

In our life, we can observe what predominates for us at any given time. Feeling sad, stuck (tamas) we can apply the force of rajas to get help, or we look for ways to activate dynamism in our life. Doing so will help us experience more sattwa, light, harmony and awareness in our life. This is a practical way to generate more sattwa in our life, as when sattwa predominates, we experience a deep sense of fulfilment and can access our potential, to live with greater compassion and perspectives, more love, more awareness. Meditation, yoga, tai-chi, good or helpful company and hypnosis are some of the ways to help ourselves cultivate more sattwa. In hypnosis, I help my clients to remove hurdles, obstacles within them, sometimes even based on transgenerational patterns. Then balancing our life becomes easier. This is a brief introduction to these principles.  We can learn to balance these three forces within us and around us, so as to generate more sattwa in us and in the world around us.  For more information or to book a session, contact me.

Lynne Cardinal sees clients individually and she offers group classes and workshops. She has offered Stress Management, Resilience and Burnout Prevention workshops in the government and private sectors for over 30 years. She is also a Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, holding additional certifications in Hypnosis Innovative Techniques and Weight Loss. She is certified by Dr. Weiss in Past-Life Regression and she has a PhD (alternative) in Eastern Philosophy from India. She has studied extensively with Thomas Hübl on Transparent Communication and Principles of Transformation and Healing and Trauma work, and she also trained with Diane Hamilton in Conflict Resolution. Insurance receipt provided under naturotherapist. For more information call 613.836.2355   or

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