When a Door Closes, a Window Opens

The Law of Compensation - Recognizing Opportunity During Times of Adversity

Closed Door, Open Window
Closed Door, Open Window. Credit: vinod kumar m / Getty Images

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.

You may be facing a type of disappointment, frustration, loss, general or seasonal sadness. What may be looked at as an negative occurrence in your life is actually a time when you can immediately begin to search for the counterbalancing positive to it. This is a flawless universal law: an opposite condition must emerge to offset the initial condition.

The Law of Compensation

Emerson referred to it as the Law of Compensation. This is one of twelve universal laws (see below). In some degree, the equilibrium of the universe if affected by all thought, desire, and action. At this point, the harmony of the universe has been disturbed, so it seeks to return to balance.

"An inevitable dualism bisects nature, so that each thing is a half, and suggests another thing to make it whole: as, spirit, matter; man, woman; odd, even; subjective, objective; in, out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

See: Ten Ways to Get Yourself Out of a Funk

Look for the New Opportunity

It might be hidden; it might be obvious; but it is there. You now have an altered perspective because of what happened. Use this perception creatively to seek out the direction which will empower you in a way unlike ever before.

Ask yourself what extraordinary thing it is that you now will be, do, or have because of this?

That is, because "X" happened, I now will have "Y", and would never have had "Y" if "X" never happened. Therefore, "X" serves as the catalyst to put you into the advantageous position of the journey toward, and ultimately, being, doing or having "Y."

What can you take away from this that you never could have had before?

When you discover what that is, begin to visualize and feel the emotion of the powerful, positive path you're about to embark on.

When a Door Closes, a Window Opens

Let it fuel you. Let it empower you. Let it work for you. And, let it move you to greater heights you otherwise would not have climbed. Because remember, "When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window."

Twelve Universal Laws

  1. The Law of Divine Oneness
  2. The Law of Vibration
  3. The Law of Action
  4. The Law of Correspondence
  5. The Law of Cause and Effect (aka Karma
  6. The Law of Compensation
  7. The Law of Attraction
  8. The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy
  9. The Law of Relativity
  10. The Law of Polarity
  11. The Law of Rhythm
  12. The Law of Gender

Dan Britt is a New Jersey drum instructor/writer who conducts clinics in public schools. A background in psychological research, his articles/stories have appeared in magazines such as England's Rhythm, Australia's Music Teacher International and Ofspirit.com.