A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom contained within the I Ching Hexagram 57 – Wind.
“Wind develops out of Travel (56) and moves into Pleasing (58). As we travel through life experiences we must learn to adapt to change,the winds of change that continuously move through our lives, seemingly with a will of their own. However, we each are responsible for choices we make along the way, without being completely in control of where, when, and how each situation in this material life began, or where, when, and how our experiences will move us into worlds of more expanded potential, the worlds of spirit.”
“It sounds like the voice of doom.”
“Not necessarily doom, but necessarily destiny.”
“How can it be destiny? It sounds more like a mystery.”
“Yes. The so-called mystery is that we each travel through lifewithout ever not being life itself..”
Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom of I Ching, as expressed in Hexagram 13 – Social Networking. Social Networking develops out of Obstruction (12) and moves toward Great Possession (14). Heaven is over Fire; yang over yang. Lines two and five are natural correspondents of each other and perfectly matched when yin is on second and yang is on fifth, as is the case in this instance. Yang is in it’s leadership psition on Line Five, and yin is in a balanced and supportive poisition on Line Two.
Spirit explains: “Through differences of opinion and difficulties with communication, we learn, sooner or later, the value of open and respectful social networking. We learn how to express our own understanding and to listen with intent to understand the positions of others. This is a valuable skill; a great possession, for it helps to foster co-operation without rejecting either our own truth or that of others, should they differ.”
“It sounds very noble, and a way of peaceful co-existence. But, how does this awareness relate to me, specifically, if it does?”
“It’s good advice for each and every one of us, both generally and specifically.”
Spirit teaches I Ching – Yesterday Marries Today to Create Tomorrow
Spirit’ shares His understanding of Hexagram 54 – Marrying a Young Woman.
“Marrying a Young Woman follows Gradual Progress (53) and leads to Abundance (55). Thunder is over Lake; yin over yang. The fifth line of leadership is a yang line, and yet, in this instance it is occupied by yin. Line two is a complementary yin line of support of line five, and yet it is occupied by yang.”
“Perhaps, the reversal of traditional roles of yin and yang as expressed in lines two and five may have been a premonition of a future shake-up of traditional roles?”
“Yes. The traditional reading of the Hexagram 54 – Marrying a Young Woman seems to place a woman in a position of servitude to an older man. In the context of social and cultural relationships, this attitude is changing.
In a deeper sense of yin and yang, from a spiritual and enlightenment perspective, yang dominance, in this instance, refers to a necessarily voluntary yin-type submission of the seeker to the mystical essence of timeless truths, and to personally chosen, dedicated teachers of those truths.
Through the marriage of present insights and levels of understanding with perennial wisdom, the future of enlightenment is co-created.
All that is, was, or will be can only be created from a blend of new and old; what is and what was, together become what will be.”
“Is there a personal message for me?”
Spirit shares His understanding of Hexagram 35 – Advance.
“Advance develops from Power (34), if available power is used to advance, and can move into Damaged Illumination (36). Fire is over Earth; yang over yin.
Power can refer to potentiality to do something, or to develop a skill, talent, strength, or financial means to develop a vision, or fulfill a desire, or retire from worldly activities to devote oneself to recovering one’s strength and health, or to expanding one’s awareness of Life. However, power is never more than potentiality unless intention to use it is strong enough to activate the power of whatever potential one might possess.”
“Does everyone possess some form of power?”
“Yes, without exception.”
Then, and it scares me to even ask You, what is mine?”
“On your definition of power.”
Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom of the ancient I Ching style of thought to explain life, in which all situations are seen to develop out of and into other situations, in a more or less foreseeable pattern. Spirit seems to dismiss the trendy thought of living in the now. The now, He tells me, developed out of the past and will strongly impact on the future.
Today’s focus is on the life situation expressed in Hexagram 29 – Double Pitfall. Problems cannot be faced, dealt with, or overcome until they are recognized, identified, and studied.
Water is over Water; yin is over yin, and as water suggests danger, then Double Pitfall suggests great danger; but possibly preventable danger, as a result of self-defeating thinking, avoidance, or lack of wisdom or courage to face and challenge difficulties before they develop into situations beyond our control.
How can this reading possibly relate to me?
It possibly relates to every one of us.
Spirit teaches the timeless wisdom of I Ching. Today’s lesson is expressed in Hexagram 15 – Humility.
“Humility follows Great Possessions (14) in the order of the Hexagrams. Earth over Mountain – or is it Mountain pushing up through Earth? Humility, in it’s most sincere form, blended with awe and gratitude, can develop out of great possessions, when she who possesses abundance becomes aware that anything and everything we may possess at any given time is doomed, or destined (depending upon one’s perspective), and is only ours while it is ours. What is becomes what was, sooner or later. The good news is that pleasures and possessions can be enjoyed without clinging to them.”
“What does that mean for me?”
“Do you now have great possessions?
“My lifestyle is a simple one.”
“Great possessions do not necessarily refer to material wealth.”
“Then, I am blessed with at least one great possession, Your teaching.”
Spirit shares His understanding of Hexagram 1 – The Creative.
“Heaven is over Heaven; the most powerful yang trigram over the most powerful yang trigram – Ultimate Reality, or, as it has been described, as above, so below. Nothing can create itself, alone; nothing can sustains itself, alone, and nothing can destroy itself, alone.”
“What about Life?”
“What about it?”
“Who or what creates, sustains, or destroys …?”
“Life is self-creating.”
“But, you said …”
“Life is not a who or what.”
Spirit shares His understand of Hexagram 52 – Mountain. Mountain above and Mountain below – a double yin of equal formation.
“Mountain follows Thunder and will be followed by Gradual Progress. As the seasons of our life each follow the one that cameBefore it, so it is with each generation of Seekers of The Way. We cannot be, see, or do as any other previous generation. .The seasons, the years, and the generations each owe to the past their very existence, and yet, there is continuity without sameness.
We each see and understand as no-one else, if we dare to see
From where we alone are, while respecting the visions of the
Elders, mentors, and teachers from the timeless past.”
“Wow! And the message for me?”
Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching wisdom.
Today’s lesson relates to the life situation expressed in Hexagram 49 – Revolution.
Revolution follows The Well (48), and leads to The Cauldron (50). Lake is above Fire. Both are yang energies that, in this instance, harmonize together, with yang in the position of leader (5th line) and yin in a centered support role (2nd line).
Spirit explains: “Revolutions seek to change the structure of society through violence; to destroy what is, with intent to build something better.”
“Perhaps peaceful protests and elections didn’t seem to work? A dry well could express futility.”
“A cauldron is a heavy pot that is hung over fire to heat food or water. But, the fire must be attended to with care or the contents of the pot become unfit to eat.”
“And revolutions risk the same fate?”
“If this reading contains a personal message for me and my struggles, then what alternative is available?”
“Resistance without rejection.”
“That could be unending.”
“And, if that is unacceptable?”
“To me, and perhaps many others.”
“Develop an alternative way and live it.”
“Are we going in circles?”
“No. Life moves in cycles.”
Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching wisdom, as expressed in the life situation presented by Hexagram 7 – The Army..
“Earth is over Water; both are yin trigrams, and yet Earth is the most powerful of the yin trigrams, and it’s on top. As today follows yesterday, so The Army follows Contention (6); and, as today reaches toward tomorrow, so does The Army reaches toward Closeness (8).”
“I can understand The Army and Contention acting on each other, but what relationship can The Army have with Closeness?”
“When reason alone fails to solve contention, then power is a ‘necessary organizing force. It serves a good purpose if it can bring together contentious groups. Then it contributes to a sense of Closeness.”
“Okay, I can accept that, but how does it relate to me?”
“Who is contentious?”
“Perhaps I am, at times.”
“Who is The Army?”
“I don’t know.”
“Is the army as a referee in this instance?”
“That’s possible, but not all referees play by the same rules.”
“What rules do I play by?”
“Perhaps rules of your own choosing.”
“Yes, and so do you.”