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?
A Spirit Teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching Hexagram 2 – The Receptive.
There is no Yang in The Receptive. It is Yin
All the way from bottom to top.
This contrasts with Hexagram 1 – The Creative,
Which is Yang all the way.
The Creative represents Heaven and
The Receptive represents Earth.
Each serves its own unique function, and yet,
each requires the other.
Power and flexibility working together?
Power and flexibility require each other.
Neither can achieve much without the other.
Then, cooperation is desirable?
Cooperation is a prerequisite to achieving
Anything worth achieving.
What Universal Law would express this idea?
It is more than an idea; it is reality.
Then, what Universal Law would express or
Explain this reality.
Realities do not require explanation They are.
Is this reality expressed with a Universal Law?
The Law of One.
The Law of One?
There is no unity within diversity.
But there is or can be diversity within unity?
Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom of I Ching as expressed in Hexagram 50 – The Cauldron.
“Fire i over Wind. Yang is over yang.. Each is receptive to the other, at least in this situation. The Cauldron follows Revoluion (49) in the order of the hexagrams, and leads to Thunder (51). The energies of fire and wind, in their extreme forms, can create destruction on their own. Together, they could bring 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 welcomed warmth, boil water, or heat food.
A cauldron was a large kettle hung over a fire before it was replaced by modern appliances and more controllable sources of heat. However, the timeless realities exist even in a so-called modern world. The transfer of energy still requires movement and interaction between cause and effect.
What are you saying to me?
Who is what?
Perhaps there is a two-way interaction.
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 shares His understanding of Hexagram 1 – The Creative.
“Heaven is over Heaven; the most powerful yang trigram over the most powerful yang trigram – Ultimate Reality, or, as it has been described, as above, so below. Nothing can create itself, alone; nothing can sustains itself, alone, and nothing can destroy itself, alone.”
“What about Life?”
“What about it?”
“Who or what creates, sustains, or destroys …?”
“Life is self-creating.”
“But, you said …”
“Life is not a who or what.”
Spirit reads I Ching 53 – Gradual Progress.
Gradual Progress develops from Mountain (52) and moves
Toward Marrying (54).
Spirit explains: Mountains can seem to be as barriers,
Challenges, or just part of the environment. They can be as
Beauty, in the eye of the beholder, and a pleasure to climb,
Or seen as an obstruction, to ignore, if possible.
How we see anything or anyone determines, or at east
Influences, to some extent, our relationship with or with them.
Awareness of this reality is progress along the way of
Where does Marrying fit into this picture?
We commit ourselves to Life, or we do not. It’s as
Simple as that.
If that is simple.
Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom of I Ching. Today’s lesson relates to the lived situation expressd by Hexagram 36 – Damage to Illumination.. Earth is over Fire; yin over yang. Damage to Illumination follows Advance (35), and leads to People in the Home (37).
“The Universal Law of Change is connected to but separate from other Universal Laws such as Karma.We have no power to prevent change for we are part of all that Is changing. We co-create, with all life, not what changes but how it and we change.
“Damage to Illumination expresses this Universal reality. We can pretend not to see or accept even what we cannot honestly deny.”
“Why would we pretend not to see?”
“Perhaps for fear of being required to accept responsibility for an undeniable truth.”
“That we each are part of what is, and we play a role in how it will develop. Did we Advance (35) too quickly, or too slowly, to see how it would affect our Family (37)?
“How can we ever know?”
“Isn’t there an easier way?”