Opposites and Union

I've been reading a lot of Crowley's work, in it is this idea of knowing or becoming opposites. Knowning one's boundaries, is another way of saying that I suppose.

From Liber XC comes this phrase, "33. I reveal unto you a great mystery. Ye stand between the abyss of height and the abyss of depth. 34. In either awaits you a Companion; and that Companion is Yourself."

Here again, two extremes are described, an abyss of height and an abyss of depth. The union of the two is the totality of these extremes, which is - in this passage - the aspirant themselves.

Union in Thelema is an aspect of love.

Several years ago, a angel made known to me a similar idea, "To find opposing views and reconcile their differences."

Today, while driving to work, I noticed a pickup truck in the carpool lane to my left. In the back bed was a cabinet, with an unlatched door. In the stop and go traffic, I watched the door of the cabinet swing open and close. It dawned on me that the door has two states. The first state could be said to be "closed" and the other state (opposite in fact) would be "open." If the door only existed in one state, it couldn't really function as a "door." It is the union of these two oposite states that creates the "door."

Extrapolating, one could find the boundaries of anything, and from that, know by it's union comes the totality of the thing. Or in reverse, start with the concept or goal, and find it's boundaries - to know the path of becoming the thing.

So then, what are the boundaries of the enlightened?