This second assertion . . . is the absolute universality of that law of periodicity, ofﬂux, reﬂux, ebb and ﬂow, which physical science has observed and recorded inall departments of nature. An alternation such as that of Day and Night, Life andDeath, Sleeping and Waking, is a fact so common, so perfectly universal andwithout exception, that it is easy to comprehend that in it we see one of theabsolutely fundamental laws of the universe.This translates to a universe that is in constant ﬂux. Motion and constant changeare fundamental characteristics of the entire manifested universe. This iscertainly clear within our own stream of consciousness. Neither you nor I are thesame from moment to moment. There are so many intervening moments ofdiscovery, learning, pain, and joy. Whether one day has gone by or two monthsor thirty years, much has transpired to add to our storehouse of experiences thatwill translate into growth sooner or later. Sometimes we may have to repeat thesame mistakes many times, but at some point the light will break through and wewill at last say, “Ahaa!” We will ﬁnally get it and not need to repeat that particularlesson again.If you have not seen the movie
, you have missed a goodexample of this very principle. Every time the protagonist awakens in themorning, it is the same Groundhog Day. Each day he repeats the sameexperiences, except that they change slightly because he is able to change hisresponses. It takes many times before he ﬁnally grows to the point that theoutcome becomes what he would like it to be. He ﬁnally gets it.The same sort of lesson can be derived from the cycle of a tree. Each springwhen the tree issues its new growth, the leaves are not exactly the same as theyear before but are reﬂective of the experiences the tree has garnered. If thereare scars on the tree, or drought or insect damage, the new leaﬁng patternmirrors them. If a new branch has stretched forth into a spot of availablesunshine, that too will be reﬂected. And so each year the tree, which of necessityremains in the same geographical spot, is ever new and ever formed by theprevious seasons.In every moment of our lives we can work to heal the wounds and grow newbranches into the sun so that when we cycle through a situation again, we can bepleased with our progress. Whenever we return to similar circumstances, we willﬁnd ourselves the same in some ways, different in others.