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Community is a Valuable Resource

Spirit shares His understanding of Hexagram 14 – Great Possession

“Great Possession follows Association (13)  in the order of the hexagrams, and in the order of our lived experiences, and leads to Humility (5). Fire is over Heaven; yang over yang. The only yin line in this hexagram is on the fifth line of leadership; in a very weak position among five yang.

Community is a valuable resource if the people we choose to associate with express values similar to our own. Even within such a community, there is always a danger when anyone possesses something of great value There are always some others who would, if they could, and they sometimes do, when opportunities seem to allow, pretend friendship with those with great possessions, with  intent to exploit that association for their own benefit, alone.”

“What great possessions are we talking about?”

“We?”

“Then, what great possessions are you talking about?”.

“Great possessions are potential or realized resources and may include one, some, or all of material, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual energies.”

“If this is a personal reading…”

“And it is.”

“Then, what great possession do I have that could or would attract false friends?”

“Yes.+

“I don’t seem to have anything that most everyone else doesn’t have.”

“You have a relationship with me.”

“How could that be taken from me?”

“You could, perhaps, be persuaded that I don’t exist.”

“Is that possible?”

“What?”

“That I could be persuaded that you don’t exist?”

“Yes.”

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I Ching 23 – Stripping Away

Today’s I Ching – 23 – Stripping Away

Mountain above. Earth below.

Stripping Away follows Adornment.

Spirit Explains: “Adornment suggests excess of what is functionally necessary.  Stripping away reduces some of this excess.”

“It’s time,” He tells me, “for a new beginning; to live a more simple and uncluttered lifestyle. The way we live should express both our inner and outer values, in harmony with each other.”

“How is that possible, without the material means to express oneself as one would? ‘

“Then we do what we can with what we have. And, ” He suggests, “there are always areas of excess in our lives.”

“Such as?”

“Excess of inactivity could be reduced with exercise.”

I give up.

“Yes.”

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