Cause or Effect – Chicken or Egg
A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom contained within
the symbolic structure of the 64 I Ching hexagrams, which expresses an endless
series of events and situations that each of us will necessarily experience
during our human lifetimes, until we have learned to become aware of our own
self-directed role in creating the illusion of permanence and of our seeming
resistance to accept what is, and to respond without unproductive emotional
or intellectual analysis. When milk is spilled, by whatever cause, we mop it up.
How does cause and effect or chicken and egg fit into such a philosophy of life?
I Ching hexagram 50 – The Cauldron, answers that question.
Then, please explain.
Fire is over Wind. Each are yin and each is receptive to the other, at least
in this situation.
The separate energies of Fire and Wind, in their extremes, can create destruction.
Together, they could bring about disaster. Mental energies are no different than
those of nature, in this respect.
But, a gentle fire and a controlled movement of air can create warmth, boil
water, or heat food.
Enter the Cauldron?
Yes. A cauldron was a large kettle hung over an open fire, before it was
replaced with modern appliances and more controllable sources of heat.
However, the timeless realities exist even within a so-called modern
world. The transfer of energy still requires movement and interaction
between cause and effect.
What is the message that this discussion of fire and wind say to me?
It dares to ask a question concerning our relationship, which you seem
to hesitate to face.
And, that is …?
Who is what?
Fire or Wind?
Cause or effect?
Perhaps we each, depending upon the situation, can and do play