As I have stated before - one of the aspects that HAS ALWAYS interested me on the Series is the Duality [Doubling/Comparing] - between Tony Soprano & Phil Leotardo.
I have stated before also that - 6.04 The Fleshy Part of The Thigh - is my favorite Episode [a very hard decision trust me - I love every single episode].
Duality is very prominent on the Series. Let's see how Duality plays out on the Series more clearly with the following examples, at the very least:
In this episode 6.04 The Fleshy Part of the Thigh
- Tony and Phil are “fighting” in the Ring - as they do in “Real Life.” In other words - John Schwinn is alluding to the "two boxers fighting in the ring" as CONNECTED ENTITIES
- [they are really one entity] - since "Everything is Everything." This is An obvious symbol for the feud between Phil and Tony and also how they'll die "together."
Nancy Sinatra has compared/doubled them before. She said, in 6.16 Chasing It,
“You two going home
Tony B. telling Kevin Finnerty "you're going home
" [which is death
] and - above Sinatra asking if Tony and Phil are going home
They have been compared/doubled through music. In the beginning of 6.21 Made In America
- Tony wakes up dead to Vanilla Fudge’s “You keep me Hanging on.” Phil dies
to the same song playing on the car radio when he is killed in front of his family.
It is also playing on the car radio when Tony is driving to Carmela’s safe house by the water to his family AFTER he is already dead.
They have been compared/doubled in 6.13 Soprano Home Movies
- there were Welcome Home Parties
for both. Tony was Welcomed Home
from Jail. Phil was Welcomed Home
How they died.
There are very distinct comparisons/similarities relating to their deaths
: both killed in front of their families [while they're distracted by family]; the black guys [in both instances] who get a clear view of the murders of both; both never hear the shot, etc.
or both went home,
after being killed by largely New characters that were Relatively Unknown to us (Walden kills Phil Leotardro; Man in Members Only Jacket kills Tony Soprano).
THEY ARE THE BIGGEST ENEMIES OF EACH OTHER, YET THEY ARE CONNECTED EVEN DEEPER TO EACH OTHER THAN TO ANYTHING ELSE. [Agent Harris in 6.21 Made In America: "Multiple calls traced to a payphone in Oyster Bay, Long Island;"
"We're gonna win this thing"]:
- 'TONY SOPRANO' vs. 'PHIL LEOTARDO'
(let's put it another way)
- 'AGENT HARRIS' vs. 'THE SHAH OF IRAN'
(let's put it another way)
- 'FBI' vs. 'Terrorism'
(let's put it another way)
- 'Good' vs. 'Evil'
So what can we get from all of this?
1. Well first of all, Duality is going to be necessary to talk about. It relates to the Series - as well as to Real Life, Science, & Spirit - in Very Important ways. Duality is so important, in fact, that I decided to dedicate an Entire Post to it's Discussion and Meaning.
2. The series (and Life) say that "Everything is Everything." We are all Connected. All Life is Connected. That was already hard enough to figure out - but Science and Life are not that simple. We Need To Dig Deeper.
3. AND IN FACT, WE CAN DEEP TOGETHER. Tony and Phil are “fighting” in the Ring - as they do in “Real Life” of course, yes. And yes, they have been compared/doubled in the boxing ring [John Schwinn saying to Tony - “The boxers are not separate entities"]. In other words, Phil and Tony are ONE (just as everyone is really all ONE, of course). BUT THEY ARE EVEN MORE CONNECTED (TO EACH OTHER).
I am going to Post an Extremely [Crazy] Theory behind Chase's intentions here, but it makes sense to me (for now at least).
First I want to share something very deep & meaningful that I found about Duality and I feel is Necessary to understand it more clearer. It is, without a doubt, one of the best articles I have personally stumbled across about Duality:
Taken from the following Link: https://www.psychreg.org/life-death/
-- Duality is an essential concept that must be grasped if one is wanting to have a deeper understanding of life. Without recognising duality, we are missing out on one of the most profound learning tools available. Duality teaches us that every aspect of life is created from a balanced interaction of opposite and competing forces. Yet these forces are not just opposites; they are complementary. They do not cancel out each other, they merely balance each other like the dual wings of a bird.
With the concept of duality it is said that you can’t fully understand one side of the dual nature of something without comparing and fully understanding the opposing side. For example, you couldn’t understand what the concept of “up” is without having a “down” to compare and contrast to. Same applies for in-out, hot-cold, sweet-sour, young-old, male-female,
liberal-conservative, and on and on, the list goes. If we don’t have an opposing counterpart, then it can’t have any value to us.
Let’s apply this concept to one of the most consequential aspects of our existence: life and death. What if it is equally as valuable to experience the non-physical world that death gives us, as it is to experience this physical world? Maybe we wouldn’t fear death as a lot of us do now. What if we lived our life not being afraid to die, by knowing that this next aspect of existence was just the other side of the same coin?
"Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides."
- Lao Tzu
What could be a more profound example of duality than life and death? What could illustrate more succinctly how duality works in our world? In order to die, you must first be alive. We would never know what death is unless we are alive, which gives us a comparison. Let us explore this magnificent teaching tool and what it helps us to learn about duality in general.
First of all, this example allows us to understand how clear and distinct duality can be, even to our limited perception. I believe that this is an example we can all understand. Either you are alive, or you are dead. It is hard to create any grey areas within this black and white scenario with our highly subjective perception. [Actually, that's not so hard to create, even with our Limited Perception: Schrödinger's cat (aka the Final episode), anyone?].
There are a lot of dualities we experience that aren’t so cut and dry as life and death. Dualities such as right-wrong, or good-bad, have so much relativity between all of us that they become hard to distinguish as a universal measure.
Because we are alive, we can sense and value our “aliveness.” We can perceive “aliveness” because we are alive. Because we aren’t dead and we have no tangible access to the dead, we really can’t truly understand death. That leads us to be afraid of this unknown. But what if when our physical bodies die, we become part of a beautiful and wonderful existence in a non-physical world? The problem with the duality of life and death in this world is that we don’t have access to the other side that would help us to better understand and cherish our life here on earth.
Duality doesn’t stop with our life and death example. Our entire existence in this world is run on duality. Why this basic concept of life isn’t even mentioned in our education or upbringing or wherever is mind-boggling to me.
It helps to explain so much in our life. For me it explains how our opposing values are both integral aspects of a “whole.” We can’t have one side without the other.
Most all of our value-based conflicts have their roots within this scenario. If you think about this in depth, our conflicts with others who differ from us reflect our inabilities to understand the other side’s value. Just as death is presently beyond most of our capabilities to understand, our inabilities to understand our opposites in this life reveal our lack of perception. We just need to expand our consciousness and recognize how this world really works in order to learn appreciation and gratitude for the life we are living. Understanding duality is a good starting point.
"If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse."
– Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living
Death is one of the most difficult of life’s dualities to accept. Our culture has done a very poor job of preparing us for its reality, as it has on the concept of duality. We have a long way to go to get caught up with the insight duality provides us.
It is because there is death that there is life. We were born. We will die. We were not alive before we were brought into this world. We are part of the never-ending cycles. I have to believe and have faith in the continuum. Live well and live deeply with a fearless heart, as we are here to experience this side of the thread. The other side is there waiting to provide us its lessons. -- End.
That Truly is a Great Article, and it goes back to so much of what we have been talking about, especially about Life & Death. But also something else: Male-Female Duality.
As a result, I am going to Post an Extremely [Crazy] Theory behind Chase's intentions here, but it makes sense to me (for now at least). Even if it will not make sense, it will provide much more understanding about Everything Else, Including Sex & Sexual Attraction, which as we know was Highly Emphasized During the Series, especially Through The Disciplines Relating To Psychiatry & Dreams. And of course, Duality was almost the Hallmark of the End --- the final episode.
Ok, Here Goes:
"My Theory" - is that Tony Soprano and Phil Leotardo are Twin Flames – (However Unbelievable and Crazy this "theory" may sound) in the Universe. Your Twin Flame is your Soul’s true counterpart - it is irrespective of Gender. In a Twin Flame Relationship, Duality, Love, Hate, Opposing-Yet-Complementary-Forces, Male-Female-Energies etc. are at the crux of it.
In a Twin Flame Relationship
- one holds more Female energies than the other [Tony Soprano - “a female
opera singer” - someone who supported Vito, who obviously held “female” energies].
Phil Leotardo has more “male energies.”
THEY ARE COMPLETELY OPPOSITE & POLAR; YET CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER MORE SO THAN TO ANYTHING ELSE.
In a Twin Flame Relationship,
upon meeting each other - there could be a constant push/pull - along with accepting each other [Phil and Tony holding hands in the Hospital] - back to push/pull (“I let him hold his fat [curse word] hand in mine in friendship when I was in the hospital.”)
[- “philly, you had a heart attack” – one of the other guys in New York.]
Constant PUSH/PULL is what happens Most
of the time with Twin Flames
at first, but it doesn’t have to.
Twin Flame Relationship
is based on DUALITY. It is TRUE LOVE – I don’t want to say that it “starts off as PUSH/PULL” – but it could.
Your Twin Flame
is your soul’s counterpart in the UNIVERSE. It is your Mirror, Except with opposite Polarity. And it is completely irrespective of gender. However, most Twin Flame connections that are met in a physical relationship at first --- are Male/Female Genders. Not Female/Female. and Not Male/Male, like Here.
And, Duality is not the only aspect that is important. Twin Flame Relationship is Based a lot on Sex. In fact, that is the crux of it, in addition to Duality.
SEXUAL DESIRES & ENERGIES are the motors that keep us moving every single day, even if we are celibate. It builds up over time - Even in a bigger scale
- with celibacy. [so Celibacy is not always "bad" for spiritual awakening/growth. It could
actually enhance it. Or it could
diminish it. It all depends on your own individual energies, and you knowing what's best for you.] All of our PASSIONS, DESIRES, HOBBIES (such as painting, writing, etc.) stem from Sexual [aka] Spiritual Desires & Energies.
Twin Flame Relationships
are meant to Light Up the World. But ---- they can do the exact opposite ---- and they absolutely do, at times.
TWIN FLAME ENERGY DUALITY
is very hard to grasp or understand. Anywhere you research, you will find different views/ideas/insights about it. But it is absolutely TRUE.
First Let me Post this -- I have stated before on Page 2 – In Writing in which I have alluded to - Certain Aspects about Twin Flame(s) & The Associated Relationships:
are different forms of processing & energies inside each and every one of us. And we have a true counterpart to ourselves who we all have not met, as of yet.
A true love that transcends any form of female/male bonds or Romantic Love or Sexual.
Every soul has another identical or at least almost identical soul in the Universe. Twin Flame
This is NOT 'soul mates.'
Each soul that exists, exists as a pair of two. Kind of like breaking a coconut in two halves.
And the connection is absolutely indescribable. It transcends Everything we can possibly understand or know.
We must live separately in order to figure out the Universe and our own goals first.
But No matter who ascends higher (first), our Twin Flame
will be revealed in time at some point or another.
Time is not the issue when - True Love beyond our perceptions or Understanding (currently here in our Limited 3D world
) - is the concern."
I was partly wrong in these statements, because of different reasons:
We can meet our Twin Flame in our physical world (we don’t Have To
ascend just to meet them) – and the connection is Truly Unreal. It is True Energy Duality with Truly Surreal Physical Connections as well.
Twin Flame Relationship is actually based a lot on Sex. It can be Physical Sex, but the Energy that is felt during such a physical encounter with a Twin Flame is Really more SPIRITUAL-Based than anything else.
The Sexual Relationship that you experience with your Twin Flame is So Truly Unreal – that many have been afraid of the Chemistry They Felt at first.
The Sexual Encounter can be so pleasant that it can scare anyone at first. But there is nothing to be scared of at all, honestly.
Duality is so Vitally important (whether it be Good-Evil, Up-Down, Male-Female
) because if we Don’t have an Opposing Counterpart – then it can’t have any value to us.
Twin Flame(s) CAN BE irrespective of Gender in terms of PHYSICAL existence (most likely it's two opposing genders, but it doesn't have
to be, what matters is opposing Male/Female Energies [Remember, in your Next Life your soul can "choose" to Reincarnate into a different gender to experience PHYSICAL attraction with your Twin Flame, If by chance you encounter them again on earth]
). BUT in terms of SPIRITUAL EXISTENCE – One Twin Flame holds More Female energies, and the other holds more Male energies.
- Each soul that exists, exists as a pair of two. Kind of like breaking a coconut in two halves.
- One half is Female; the other half is Male (in terms of energies only).
- That is how our Souls are Truly Made.
- One half is Female;
the other half is Male
(in terms of energies only).
- This does not mean that one is "completely female;"
- And the other is "Completely male."
- Nothing is so "Black & White."
- EACH counterpart, Rather, has a mix of both female & male energies.
- One is just ------- (a little) higher or ---- maybe (a lot) higher ------- in each.
- Nothing is so Perfectly Structured.
- Any Two Relationships of True Love (or Hate, or anything) are different from each other.
- Your Twin Flame is really your
mirror – but with opposite polarity.
And So, what I am trying to show (AND I TRULY believe it was Chase’s intention) with “My Theory,” in which I state that:
"Tony Soprano and Phil Leotardo are Twin Flames in the Universe" – (However Unbelievable and Crazy this "theory" may sound) - even if it’s correct or not correct [and I can guarantee with 99% certainty that it’s PROBABLY not correct] -- is that Duality Exists in Every Form & Aspect of Life – Even Though Every Form & Aspect of Life is Truly not “black & white” – Duality/Polarity still Exists Everywhere - and there go another 2-3 Contradictions that I AM ABSOLUTELY PROUD OF.
Let me put it in a different way:
It is important to Understand this “Theory,” However Untrue, that Phil Leotardo and Tony Soprano have “True Love,” or are “TWIN FLAMES,” or are “Mirrors/yet Polar Opposites,” of each other, and they are “EVEN MORE CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER THAN TO EVERYTHING ELSE, Yet ENEMIES” for the Following Reasons:
1. It forms the basis of Life.
2. It forms the basis of physical existence.
3. It forms the basis of Spirituality & Sexual Desires & True Love.
4. It forms the basis of Duality in the Universe.
5. It forms the basis of the Themes of Polarity, Yet being Simultaneously One in the Same in the Universe.
6. IT Comprises ---------****THE YIN AND THE YANG****------------In Our Universe.
7. THE SERIES HIGHLY ALLUDES TO ALL OF THESE THEMES – LIFE/DEATH - MALE/FEMALE Energies -
DUALITY & POLARITY EVERYWHERE
NOT SO “BLACK & WHITE” EVERYWHERE.
And it also helps us better understand Twin Flame Relationship(s) and Energy Duality BETTER on the series:
From Google after typing in Duality - TWIN FLAME ENERGY DUALITY
showed up IMMEDIATELY and this is what it said after clicking on A Random Link:
1. “When it comes to twin flames you are part of the same soul spectrum, and you will automatically pick up whatever is going on with your twin flame, whether you wish to tune in or not.
2. Twin flame duality in simple terms means that your energy is more able and readily available to sync with the energy of your twin flame.
Twin flame duality is a concept that deals primarily with your inner energy and that of your twin flame.
3. All of us have inner energy that all too often is left unexplored. And this energy is perhaps the most important element when it comes to your healing, your well-being, your state of mind… and yes, it also affects your twin flame.”
- aka DEATH affects both somehow, some way, on the Series, similarly. Honestly, in almost identical ways. (They are Enemies) yet (They are Even More Connected). And It’s also Not as “black & white” as that, Either. (Opposing), yet (Complementary). It is the THE YIN AND THE YANG in our Universe.
Definition of TWIN FLAME COPIED/PASTED DIRECTLY FROM GOOGLE:
There tends to be a lot of confusion about what a “twin flame” relationship really is. Unlike “soul mates,” which are our perfect matches (or our spiritual family), twin flames are our perfect mirrors. Relationships with twin flames tend to be on-again-off-again, intensely passionate, and sometimes intensely painful.
Duality Ends at a certain point in Evolution, and Totality comes into effect instead.
Being Total, or Unified, occurs when we Reach a certain Level (maybe 5th dimension or The Like, or Higher), and we become One with our Spirit. Evil disintegrates here, and Good Prevails. This is likely when we merge or Become One As A Soul, With Our Twin Flame.
It is the Merging of the Divine Feminine with the Sacred Masculine
- Which is what God is composed of and Has Created [Adam & Eve in - Paradise - must abstain from sin, which once again goes back to Dante's Inferno (staying away from human sin in order to have Spiritual - or Godlike - Awakening.)].
Our Spirit, once Whole & Unified - has no room for polarity or duality or evil intentions or even material (physical) reality - only Beautiful Unification & Good Intentions, and Pure Consciousness. In 6.21 Made In America, the idea of Material Possessions is constantly referenced, especially by AJ, as something that we should start trying to move away from.
And this goes back to ALL Knowledge, once again, whether ancient or recent.
Let's take MYTHOLOGY for instance. Below taken from The Divine Feminine in Mythology and Theology:
"There are a lot of goddesses in mythology. And mythology is a part of so many traditions: Greek, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, Nordic, Hindu and Pagan...
We may be most familiar with the Greek goddesses, many of whom are duplicates, with new names, from the Roman goddesses. Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Athena is the goddess of war, wisdom and domestic crafts. Gaia is the earth mother goddess and Iris is the goddess of
rainbows and servant to the gods.
So in all these goddesses we find aspects of ourselves and our earthly life. War and birth, fertility, love, beauty, nature, creation and destruction. All aspects we find in ourselves, male and female. What troubled Paul and the early church who pursued Christianity in the face of all the god and goddess worship was that the Greek and Roman celebrations and rituals often were earthly based and became carnal, sense driven events of excess. The very things that caused Jesus to overturn the tables of the money changers, selling animals and birds for sacrifice in the Jewish temples. Although those sacrifices weren’t about human sensation, they were not about spiritual growth either. And this is the tension we face; to know and accept our humanity and our spirituality without judgment and without excess perhaps."
http://www.unityoflehighvalley.org/site ... eology.pdf
From another Source:
https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles ... d-feminine
- "The Sacred Feminine is a concept that recognizes that 'God' ultimately is neither anthropomorphically male or female but a Divine Essence (Goddessence) beyond form and duality – an essence that is in balance and unification of masculine and feminine principles – a dynamic interdependent 'Immanence' that pervades all life. The Asian Yin Yang icon is a good representation of this idea.
However, seeing the divine as an abstract concept of omnipresent consciousness, or immanence, is a challenge for most humans. We all have a basic human need to put the inexplicable into a tangible form in order to explore our relationship to it. Thus, we tend to anthropomorphize or attribute human characteristics to the unknowable. In other words, we name and assign form to an abstract concept in order to relate to it at our level of ability. So, the Divine Essence or Absolute has become a 'Father' God figure that we were taught to visualize, pray to, and imagine having a personal relationship with.
Unfortunately, seeing the vast, infinite, absolute, and indescribable Goddessence only in the form of masculine metaphor and symbol has severely limited our human spiritual potential and greatly hindered our ability to live in peace and balance on this earth.
For the last several thousand years the dominant religious belief systems of our world have been patriarchal which sanctioned societal ethics that elevated God the Father over Mother Earth, and man over woman.
But it hasn’t always been this way! It is vital to remember that for eons before patriarchy, throughout the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages of pre 'his-story,' there were worldwide 'Mother/Female and Earth' honoring societies that lived in a more egalitarian, sustainable and peaceful culture that thrived without war for thousands of years. It is urgent to rediscover and exhume the lost memory of those cultures to inform us and inspire us to construct a more stable foundation for society’s future.
Remembering these lost matrifocal civilizations authenticates and validates the significance of the Sacred Feminine and the importance of women and female values as we rebuild a healthier global unity.
It is time to balance the masculine and feminine principles within our belief systems, our religious doctrines, our cultural ethos, and within ourselves. To gain this equilibrium, we must shift our focus for a while to the idea of Universal Motherhood – we need to explore the metaphor of the Mother, the symbol of the Goddess and the model of Priestess. We need to bring to light the archaeological evidence of ancient Goddesses and their stories. We need to emphasize 'Motherly' love, wisdom, compassion, and creativity as well as respect sexuality as natural and sacred. We must empower women and celebrate their contribution to spirituality, culture, and society. And we must awaken ourselves, teach our children, and educate our men.
Awareness of the Sacred Feminine will aid us to appreciate the feminine nature in women and men. Awareness of a Universal Motherhood will help us to respect the earth and Mother Nature. Awareness of the Feminine Principle will help us honor women’s bio-physical and emotional passages through life, and to help all people (women particularly) to attain healthy self-esteem. And this awareness will encourage all persons to find inner balance and peace, thereby increasing respect and tolerance of each other – which ultimately will promote greater world harmony.
It is time to honor the Sacred Feminine. 'Honoring the Sacred Feminine,' in the spiritual sense, means valuing the feminine principle, along with the masculine principle, as equal and fundamental aspects of the Divine. From a planetary level, it means respecting and healing our Mother Earth. From a cultural standpoint, it means revivifying the archetype of the Goddess through entertainment and the arts and using language that gives equal emphasis to the pronouns 'she' and 'her.' In the societal sense, it means re-creating the role of Priestess, and respecting the contribution of women in business, science, art and politics, as well as the home and community. In a religious view, it means offering ceremony and service that reaffirms our connection to the divine, the Goddess, the earth, and each other. In the human sense, honoring the Sacred Feminine means especially valuing the innate worth of woman’s mind, body, and soul, as well as appreciating the 'feminine' qualities' in the male character." - End
Therefore, balancing the Divine Feminine with the Sacred Masculine is necessary to attain spiritual awareness and spiritual awakening and inner peace, and ultimately, ascension.
The word Gnosis, is even more ancient knowledge that supports all of this - and it is taken from the year 200 A.D. or earlier.
From Wiki: "Gnosis is the common Greek noun for knowledge. The term is used in various Hellenistic religions and philosophies. It is best known from Gnosticism, where it signifies a knowledge or insight into humanity’s real nature as divine, leading to the deliverance of the divine spark within humanity from the constraints of earthly existence."
"Gnosticism originated in the late first century CE in nonrabbinical Jewish sects and early Christian sects. In the formation of Christianity, various sectarian groups, labeled 'gnostics' by their opponents, emphasized spiritual knowledge (gnosis) of the Divine spark within, over faith (pistis) in the teachings and traditions of the various communities of Christians. Gnosticism presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable God, and the demiurge or 'creator' of the material. The Gnostics considered the most essential part of the process of salvation to be this personal knowledge, in contrast to faith as an outlook in their world view along with faith in the ecclesiastical authority. They were regarded as heretics by the Fathers of the early church."
Duality/Polarity begins to fade away above the 3rd-dimension going into the 4th-dimension. I think Chase's work encapsulates a Multi-dimensionality to it [instead of just 'good vs. bad'] that illustrates this stepping stone in our Evolution quite phenomenally.
For example, in 1.08 The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti, Richard La Penna says to Melfi: "... And after a while, finally, you're going to get beyond psychotherapy, with it's cheesy moral relativism, finally you're going to get to good and evil. And he's evil.” Immediately following this scene is one of the most beautiful scenes in the series, in my view at least, where Tony is standing by the train track waiting for Christopher. The camera starts spanning all the different aspects of his face, showing the Multi-dimensionality that we could appreciate in Human Nature, instead of the duality that constrains our 3rd-dimension.
Gnosis = Knowledge = Power = Humanity's Divine Spark within Oneself = Salvation. “Education should never stop, it enriches all aspects of life.” - Mr. Wegler [5.06 Sentimental Education]