We Choose the Rules
A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
concealed within the I Ching hexagram 7 – The Army.
The Army necessarily develops out of Contention (6) and then
establishes a foundation for Closeness (8). Earth is above
and water is below.
Why is Water yang when Lake is yin?
Is feminism rising?
Perhaps, but it is curious, since in essence they each are
Lake is usually more submissive and receptive than is the
free-flowing water of rivers. Now, can we return to discussing
As today follows yesterday into the past, so The Army follows
Contention; and as today reaches toward tomorrow, so does
The Army reach toward Closeness.
I can understand The Army and Contention acting on each other,
but what possible relationship can The Army have with Closeness?
When reason alone fails to solve contention, then power is a
necessary organizing force. It serves a good purpose if it can
bring together contentious groups of people. Then it contributes
to a sense of closeness.
Okay, I can accept that, but how does it relate to me?
Who is contentious?
Perhaps I justifiably am, at times.
Who is The Army?
I don’t know.
Is The Army as a referee in this instance?
That’s possible, but not all referees play by the same rules.
What rules do I play by?
You seem to play by rules of your own choosing.
Yes, and so do you.