A spirit teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching 39 – Halting.
Water is above Mountain.
On high mountain tops, water expressing itself
as ice or snow can temporarily resist
its natural tendency to flow downhill. But,
it will never lose its potential to move,
and will do so, when and if it can.
The text seems to relate to human activities.
The text always relates to human activities.
Then, natural forces are used to express
Human activities express natural forces.
Does that suggest we should accept that
some situations require us to halt?
In the sense that we cannot move forward.
Retreat is always an option.
But if we are moving in a direction
we believe in, why would we consider
A Spirit teacher shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed within the I Ching Hexagram 21 – Biting Through.
Fire is over Thunder. Fire represents a type of flexible yin energy.
Thunder is forceful yang.
Biting Through emerges from Observing (20) and prepares
the foundation for Adornment (22).
Wow! Each of those three situations or conditions seem
totally unrelated to either of the other two. How can there be
any sense of progression?
Then, how are they each connected to the others?
When we observe whatever, we focus our attention and
that in itself is a necessary step in learning anything.
But, as important as it is, it is never enough. We must
then attempt to understand what it is that we observe,
and why it has attracted our attention. This requires
a mental form of biting through.
Where does adornment fit into this interpretation?
It is more than an interpretation. It is as it is.
Then please explain where or how adornment fits.
We adorn ourselves with what appeals to us and
the sense of satisfaction that comes from
understanding is appealing.
Unless we understand something that suggests danger.
Then our understanding of impending danger inspires us.
To respond to the danger?
Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching 43 – Removal.
“Lake is over Heaven. Both are yang, but Heaven is the most powerful Yang. Lake, in this instance, is as a butterfly on a rock.”
“Frail over solid; what interaction or common ground can the two share? ”
“A rock is not easily crushed or moved, but neither can it move itself, while a butterfly is easily crushed but it has power to move itself out of danger; lightness and mobility over power and immobility. Removal follows Increase (42), and develops, or evolves, into Meeting (44)..”
“That’s a curious sequential order.”
“I can understand that increase can become clutter and requiring downsizing, or removal of whatever no longer serves us well, but how does this lead to Meeting?”
“Meeting is coming together.”
“With whom, or what?”
“Of what is necessary, or desirable and useful, and what is manufactured need.”
“How can need be manufactured?”