Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching.
Hexagram 29 – Double Pitfall – presents with
two Water trigrams stacked, one on the other.
This symbolic representation of flooding
warns us of a hidden and unexpected danger;
a trap or ambush.
As in the deck being stacked against me
in a game of cards?
Something like that.
How could I ever know in advance?
It would be too late to know if you did not
How to develop the skill to avoid walking
into a trap?
It doesn’t require a specialized skill.
What does it require?
It requires right, or appropriate, thinking
That advice sounds like the eight-fold path.
It is the eight-fold path.
Including right or appropriate livelihood?
To avoid associating with those who might
be tempted to take advantage of my simplicity?
That might require me to become less simple.
Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom of I Ching, as expressed in Hexagram 13 – Social Networking. Social Networking develops out of Obstruction (12) and moves toward Great Possession (14). Heaven is over Fire; yang over yang. Lines two and five are natural correspondents of each other and perfectly matched when yin is on second and yang is on fifth, as is the case in this instance. Yang is in it’s leadership psition on Line Five, and yin is in a balanced and supportive poisition on Line Two.
Spirit explains: “Through differences of opinion and difficulties with communication, we learn, sooner or later, the value of open and respectful social networking. We learn how to express our own understanding and to listen with intent to understand the positions of others. This is a valuable skill; a great possession, for it helps to foster co-operation without rejecting either our own truth or that of others, should they differ.”
“It sounds very noble, and a way of peaceful co-existence. But, how does this awareness relate to me, specifically, if it does?”
“It’s good advice for each and every one of us, both generally and specifically.”