A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
expressed within the I Ching Hexagram 4- Immaturity.
Mountain is over Water. Both express Yang energy; Mountain
with firmness; Water with restless seeking.
Immaturity develops out of Difficulty (3) and develops into
A seed contains the essence of restless life, and protects
that essence by restricting its development until it is
mature enough to safely emerge from within its shell.
Parents and teachers also serve that purpose for children.
Immaturity in thought is expressed with feelings of
Uncertainty. To be uncertain as to how to proceed in any
particular situation expresses developing maturity. To be
aware that we don’t know absolutely requires intelligence,
for we can never know, absolutely. Uncertainty enjoys a
valued place in Universal Law.
Then, why do I seem to need to develop maturity?
Maturity of what?
I seem to need to understand my life, in particular, and
all life in general, and to know why it is as it seems to be.
How does it all seem to be?
How can I know?
What does that mean?
It means that immaturity is a necessary and never-ending
reality of life, and is a blessing to us all in that it
provides for and expects future development, and there will
always be future development.
Then, immaturity gets bad press?
Small Development follows Closeness.
Closeness can be measured by distance from someone or something in
More ways than one.
Sitting next to someone on a bus is being physically close to
That person, but not in the same way that reading a message
From a loved one who is, perhaps, thousands of miles away,
Can make one feel. An emotional sense of closeness cannot
Be measured in any standardized way.
How does such a sense of closeness begin?
With small developments. Everything that means anything
To us had a beginning.
Treasure and enjoy even seemingly small but pleasurable
Close encounters. They have unlimited potential.
Today’s I Ching – 20 – Observing
Wind above, Earth below.
Observing follows Overseeing
Observing is consciously watching someone or something;
Perhaps witnessing a situation as it happens, from
The perspective of one who is more or less uninvolved
In and impartial to the outcome.
However, if one is observing with responsibility
To oversee, as a teacher observes his or her
Student, then there is intent to guide and
Correct when it seems advisable to do so,
The intellectual and skills-development of
To be aware that You are aware?
Today’s I Ching – 5 – Waiting
Water above, Heaven below
Waiting follows Immaturity in the order of the Hexagrams.
Immaturity is a necessary stage of growth
In all forms of life; including plants and people.
Farmers learn to recognize the stage of development of
Their plants and animals, and nourish them accordingly.
Teachers are as farmers in this respect.
I don’t ask what this reading says to me. He must think
That I am more mature than I feel.