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An Inner Will to Reach High or Low

Spirit shares His I Ching understanding.

Hexagram 33 – Withdrawal.
Heaven above; Mountain below.

Withdrawal does not necessarily mean retreat.

What other purpose would it have?

Possibly, many more than one.

Such as?

Situational responses require reflection
and reflection requires time out to
consider appropriate responses.

Withdrawal follows Constancy and
constant can refer to constant movement,
such as tides express. Their constancy
is a measurable high followed by a
measurable low.

Nautical charts reliably forecast,
or predict, the highest point tides
will reach, at any particular time,
anywhere in the world.

Then, tides withdraw when they have
reached a predetermined high?

Yes, and the high itself is constant
in that it reaches incrementally
higher until the high tide in a set,
and then withdraws its highest point
in a constant rhythm until its high
is as low as natural forces have
determined it will go.

It sounds so orderly.

It is.

But, how does that relate to
human life?

In what way?

What natural forces can help direct
our highest reach?

The same as help us reach our lowest.

And that is?

An inner will to reach high or low.

The Army Enforces Law and Order

Today’s I Ching – 7 – The Army follows Contention (6) in the order of the hexagrams, and leads to Closeness (8). Earth is over Water; yin over yin. Only lines two and five complement each other, and even then with yin on a yang line and yang on a yin line.

Spirit explains: “Political contention can be expressed as protest demonstrations . When and if leaders abuse their positions of trust and ignore the will of their people, then protest results.”

“Or submission?”

“Submission doesn’t work.”

“And the army does?”

“Temporarily, yes.”

“Why temporarily?”

“The army enforces law and order, but has allegiance to both sides.”

“But, what is resolved?”

“The army isn’t designed to resolve anything.”

“Who, then?”


“Are we going in circles?”


“What, then?”



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