Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed through I Ching Hexagram 23 -Stripping Away. Stripping Away follows Adornment (22) and leads to Return (24).
“If we gently but firmly strip away the layers of illusion
within our mind we will gradually reveal the truths of life.”
“That process would suggest that the truths of life are
already within our minds.”
“But even accepting that as so …”
“It is so.”
“To you it may be so but it can’t be for me simply because
you tell me it is so.”
“Then how can I ever recognize illusion, let alone truth?”
“Intention to do so is necessary.”
“But to intend to discover anything surely requires that
I first believe there is something to discover.”
“Then, where does my belief come from?”
Then, where do my beliefs come from?
Your false beliefs or true beliefs?
Are there true beliefs?
If there are false beliefs, or illusions, then surely
there must also be true beliefs.
Not necessarily so.
Beliefs are ideas and produced by thought.
And all ideas are false or illusions?
No, only beliefs.
Then, how can I know truth?
What does that mean?
You have asked the first necessary question.
How does that help me?
It implies that you accept there may exist truths
that are not related to specifics alone.