Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching Wisdom.
Hexagram 30 – Fire (Clinging) follows Double Pitfall (29)
and is in turn followed by Sensing (31).
Double Pitfall seems to suggest being stuck or trapped
between a rock and a hard place.
A need to choose between two unpleasant options?
We could resist choosing either.
Postpone decision-making and hope for a third …?
Expanding our awareness of the situation.
Where does Fire fit in?
Into taking time to consider possible alternatives
that are not obviously available?
The fire of imagination.
Envisioning what a third option would look like?
What if there isn’t a third option?
There is always another way out of any problem.
That sounds absolute.
It is absolute.
Then, Sensing could suggest using one’s intuition?
For what purpose?
To guide our decision-making.
Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.
21 – Biting Through. Fire is over Thunder.
Not all food is easily digested. The more fiber it contains and the more
dense it’s structure, as with red meat, the more it requires sharp teeth
for biting through and chewing it; dividing it into ever more and smaller
Divide and conquer may be a wartime slogan but it is also a natural
process as well as an intentional strategy.
Is this reading about nutrition or war?
It is about Life.
Whatever we choose to do with our life, day by day, we consciously or
otherwise, intentionally or ..
We are never without intention.
How is that possible?
How is it not possible?
Spirit shares I Ching wisdom. “The focus of today’s lesson is on Hexagram 41 – Reduction – Mountain is over Lake.”
“How is that possible?”
“Mountains rise up out of water or earth.
They do things like that. Also, mountains are by nature, above
their surroundings, except for
mountains higher than themselves.
Reduction is the process of making
something less. It takes a superior
person to reduce whatever is under
her or his control.”
“Yes. Following a path of simplicity
does not require sacrificing personal
quality of life.”
Spirit shares I Ching wisdom
14 – Great Possession
Great Possession develops out of Community and leads to Humility, if we accept the blessing that associating with others is, when we are fortunate and wise enough to develop close ties with people who share our way of life.
What is our way? Is it a shared world view? Or a specific goal? Or what? And, how can we ever know who is really with us, and why?
So many questions.
They seemed to appear in my mind, one after another, in a continuous stream.
Then, how can they be answered separately?
Perhaps their answers would all be as one.
As companions and community?
Then enjoy and be thankful to Life for whatever blessings come, while they last, and accept that whatever comes may go, for whatever reason.
Wind over Water
Dispersal develops out of Pleasing and dissolves with Discipline.
Dispersal results in both disconnecting from the past and connecting to the future, without necessarily understanding either, or the destiny that moves within us, as the wind moves around us.
How can there be any stability and a feeling of being here and now in such a view of reality?
It isn’t a view of reality. It is as it is.
But, I need to hold on to my past while reaching for my future.
My as in individual?
Yes, and even if it proves to be an illusion, I need it, now.
Spirit’s I Ching as a way to enlightenment
56 – Travel
Fire over Mountain
Fire moves, or at least has the potential to do so, while mountains are
generally known for their stability. If we travel from and return to a mountain, we can be confident that it will be where it was when we left it.
But, a fire may have moved on and created destruction as it moved.
Travel develops out of Abundance and transforms itself into Wind. or has the potential to do so if we only travel because of restlessness, without a purpose or goal.
Abundance suggests possessing much more than is necessary to satisfy survival needs. Without struggle there is a danger of life becoming meaningless.
Abundance can also provide us with an opportunity to travel, both within and without.
Not either, or?
We necessarily travel both ways at one time.
Spirit shares His understanting of Hexagram 16 . Tunder is over Earth; yin over yin.
“Delight means Pleasure. Delight/Pleasure follows Respectful (15) and leads to Following (17). We are attracted to like-minded people. If we can live and work together with an attitude of mutual respect then the work itself becomes a pleasure.”
“That sounds like an ideal situation, but many of us associate and work with people who seem determined not to develop an attitude of respect; mutual or otherwise.”
“Then why are we there?”
“Perhaps we feel trapped within conditions beyond our control, and must choose a situation that is the lesser of two or more evils.”
“Then, take control of the situation.”
“That’s easier said than done.”
Spirit shares His understanding of the life situation expressed in Hexagram 5 – Waiting. Water is over Heaven; yin over yang. Waiting follows Immaturity (4) and leads to Contention (6).
“Waiting requires patience and firm resolve if one is choosing to wait for a more opportune moment before acting with intent. To set sail at high tide is to let the water move away from port with you – to go with the flow, if it is going your way.”
“That sounds ideal, if timing allows us the privilege to wait. And, also, there are some who seem to wait until someone or something makes decisions for them.”
“That can never be the case.”
“Personal ethics always direct our traffic.”
“We are always personally responsible for the consequences of whatever we choose, and letting others choose for us is still choosing.”
“Is there no easy way out?”
“There is no way out.”
Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching wisdom, as expressed by Hexagram 53 – Gradual Progress.
“Wind is over Mountain; yang over yin. Yang 5, in its posiition of leadership, is supported by its complement; Yin 2, in a lower position of balance and dedicated support. Gradual Progress follows Mountain (52 and leads to Marrying a Young Woman (54) .
Wind moves over, around, under, or through whatever would block its way. It is in its nature to move, without regret, permission, or desire to accomplish anything other than to fulfill its nature to move.”
That may be normal behaviour for winds, but what about people?
What about them?
Surely we need to think about what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and what we hope to accomplish by doing it?
How can we not use our mind?