Today’s I Ching – 36 – Damage to Illumination
Earth above, Fire below.
Damage follows Advance in the Order of the Hexagrams.
Advance expresses progress. Fire is above the earth and can move freely.
This is not the case with Damage to Illumination, where Fire is below the earth, with it’s light and heat constrained, contained. This can appear to damage our sense of freedom.
To everything there is a season – the ancient wise people knew this truth.
Accept what is but prepare to move forward when opportunity permits.
Today’s I Ching – 14 – Great Possession
Fire above, Heaven below.
Great Possession follows Association with others
In the order of the Hexagrams.
In Association with Others, Fire reaches up
Toward Heaven, giving thanks for blessings
In Great Possession, Fire has assumed
A position above Heaven. This is
Inappropriate, and suggests
A lack of awareness that Heaven
(Spirit) can move through Fire
(my zodiac sign), or
Whatever, to restore a more
Where do great possessions
Come into the picture?
Material possessions are
Temporary illusions. The
Real treasure is a respectful
Relationship with Spirit.
Today’s I Ching – 33 – Withdrawal
Heaven above, Mountain below.
Withdrawal follows Constancy in the order of the Hexagrams.
Constancy, in this instance, expresses a more or less static way of life. This condition is contrary to Nature, where everything changes. Nothing endures. We must either develop or decline.
Endurance suggests dissatisfaction with whatever and must be resolved by either attack or withdrawal.
Attack what or who?
Perhaps a complacent attitude formed of habit.
Spirit shares his understanding of I Ching 51 – Thunder
Thunder above, Thunder below.
Thunder follows Cauldron in the order of the Hexagrams.
The order of the Hexagrams expresses the Universal Law of Causality. Nothing comes from nothing. All situations develop from a previous situation. How they develop and what they develop into is not entirely predetermined. Free will and choice, as well as Destiny contribute to the outcome. How we choose can be the result of habit, or awareness and intent to develop our own way through life situations not necessarily of our own choosing.
Thunder is never silent.
I’m allowed to complain?
It seems to be in your nature to do so.
Today’s I Ching – 53 – Gradual Progress
Wind above, Mountain below.
Gradual Progress follows Mountain
Spirit explains: Sometime it seems
As if a mountain of difficulties
Looms ahead of us, preventing,
Or attempting to prevent us
From moving forward. But,
Spirit tells me, if we are
Dedicated enough, then
Any difficulty will be no
More than a challenge, and
We will move around or
Through it, whatever it takes.
The message for me?
Yes, keep moving. Slow
Progress is still progress.
Today’s I Ching – 16 – Delight
Thunder above, and Earth below
Delight follows Humility in the order of the Hexagrams.
Spirit explains: “To be aware of how far we have come, and yet to know there is still a long way to go, is to feel humility.”
“We can,” Spirit tells me,” take delight in how far we have come, without losing a sense of humility when looking ahead.”
“The message?” I ask.
“Look back” He tells me, “at what you have left, but not to focus on what you have left, but to measure how far you have come along The Way, along Our Way.
Today’s I Ching – 38 – Disharmony
Fire above, Lake below.
Disharmony follows People in the Home (family) in the order of the Hexagrams.
Spirit explains: We are all family but differences can lead to disharmony. Fire and Water, in equal strengths could destroy each other.
What is the message for me?
We are not equal. I will survive.
What about me?
Today’s I Ching – 30 – Clinging
Fire above, Fire below.
Clinging follows Double Danger in the order of the Hexagrams.
Spirit explains: “Double danger is moving from danger into greater danger. Fire over fire suggests the direction we have taken”.
“Now what”? I ask, sensing a personal message.
“Open your eyes and your mind,” He tells me. “We must look back, now and then, to see where we have come from. Are we moving uphill or down? Without looking back we can’t measure our progress.”
I think I get the message: approval of my moments of nostalgia.
Today’s I Ching – 6 – Contention
Heaven above, Water below.
Contention follows Waiting in the order of the Hexagrams.
For those with purpose, waiting is not an option.
When what we desire seems almost
Within our grasp, then we will
Confront and overcome, whatever
We must, and are able to,
To achieve our goal, and
With such intent, almost
All things are possible.
What is the message for you,
Chela, He asks me.
Fight the good fight
With all my might?
Today’s I Ching – 4 – Immaturity
Mountain above. Water below.
Immaturity follows Difficulty in the order of the Hexagrams.
Everything is difficult until we learn how;
How to stand, how to walk, how to speak,, …
I interrupt. And how to think?
What to think, Spirit corrects me.
Immaturity is not necessarily
Forever, if the immature one
Has faith and guidance…
Yes., but not misplaced trust.
How can I know…
Experience is required and
Life provides us with
All that we need.