The Torus: Life’s Reciprocity Machine



Step #13, Toroidal Flow – Day 1  The word “torus” or the phrase “toroidal flow” may be new to you, but I assure you, the concept is not; in fact, it is omnipresent… everywhere, all of the time.  “A torus is a self-organizing system that comes together at a single point of unity and expands its energy outward in every direction, all around itself, until it returns back to that space in the center… and will continue to do so.” That is our go-to definition provided by the folks at Spirit Science. Perhaps you want to read that again – it’s dense!

Now, think of that definition as describing a human being. We are a point of unity; we are individuals and we are self-organized (you don’t have to make your heart beat or your lungs breathe). We express – outward in every direction and all around ourselves. And we continue to do so – until our heart stops beating and our lungs stop breathing. Hmmm, but what about returning back to that space in the center? What is the “center” of our being? Could it be our heart? Our truth? Our core purpose?

If we look at religion as organized teachings intended to generate meaningful ways of being in the world, then it would behoove us to see what the lot have in common. Perhaps that could reveal what we have in common – our truth,  our center, or our core purpose. After all, we are human first, and our belief systems follow. So, there is one teaching that undeniably stands out as shared by each and every spiritual tradition: treat others the way you would like to be treated. The Christian text reads, “So in everything, do not to others what  you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” The Buddhist text reads, “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Islam: “None of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” Sikhism: “As you deem yourself so deem others. Then shall you become a partner in heaven.” Taoism: “The reward of good and evil follows as a shadow follows an object. Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” There are similar texts in the faiths of Judaism, Confucianism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Zoroastianism.

Remarkably, this fundamental teaching illustrates the principle of toroidal flow: what you put out comes back to you – and this will happen again and again and again. The torus is a reciprocity machine, just like Life itself.  We live and learn and grow through cycles. We build better lives by observing the results of our choices and making better ones the next time around. And so it has been said!

This week we take the torus and the law of cause and effect into meditation. Enjoy!


Toroidal Flow – Day 1



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