A Spirit Teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching 22 – Adornment.
Mountain is above and Fire is below.
Adornment develops out of Biting Through (21)
and will transform itself, or be transformed
into Stripping Away (23).
Adornment expresses excess that will reach
a limit and then be reduced, one way or another.
No situation in life begins or ends on its own.
Each is interconnected with what came before
and with whatever will follow or develop
out of what now is, or seems to be.
Biting Through suggests successful struggle.
Perhaps adornment was or is a reward?
Then, how and why would a well-earned
(if it was) reward be reduced?
Everything is relevant to everything else.
We may reward ourselves for past battles
fought and won, but, the future
is not the past, and past success
does not guarantee future success.
Then struggle is forever?
Challenge is forever.
What is the difference?
How we perceive the situation.
To struggle is to seek to control
outcome, whereas a challenge is
seen as an opportunity to test
our own ability to meet whatever
difficulty we face, regardless
of the possibility of failure.
To do our best; win, lose, or draw?
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.
Association follows Obstruction as Spring follows Winter, and
As today follows yesterday. We are moving into the past even
While we seem to be moving into the future; one of the
Mysteries of Life. Everything that now is, had its beginning.
The so-called now is only a point on a moving time-line.
We overcome obstructions and then move on to others.
We are moving. Everyone is.
Today’s I Ching – 43 – Removal
Lake above. Heaven below.
Removal follows Increase.
Spring rain raises the level of a lake to overflowing.
Visualize a lake held high by Heaven. The emotion,
Love, is as such a lake, overflowing and pouring
Blessings on everyone and everything below Heaven.
Where are you?