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Spirit explains I Ching 16 – Delight

Delight follows Humility.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Delight is a spontaneous feeling of personal pleasure; a high point,

Not designed to last and, as a high note, must be released.

 

Humility expresses  the acceptance of the unsustainability of

Extremes.

 

Could a low note also be such an extreme?

 

No.

 

Why?

 

We grow and reach up, or we do not.

It’s as simple as that.

 

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Spirit explains I Ching 42 – Gradual Progress

Gradual Progress follows Mountain

 

Spirit explains:

 

Why do people climb mountains? Because they’re there.

Anything that blocks our way can be considered as a challenge

Or as inspiration to discover whatever might be beyond

A seemingly suggested limit.

 

Something is often blocking our way; our way to wherever, or

Whatever we might be if we refused to be stopped by

Challenges to our progress; physical, intellectual, emotional,

Or spiritual.

 

We each have a calling; a voice within us, within every cell of

Our being, that calls us to move or not to move, and when.

 

We have been socially conditioned to listen to outer voices.

Perhaps the time has come to listen to our own, inner one.

 

Could you be my inner voice?

 

Yes.

 

Are you?

 

No.

 

Spirit explains I Ching 9 – Small Development

Small Development follows Closeness.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Closeness can be measured by distance from someone or something in

More ways than one.

 

Sitting next to someone on a bus is being physically close to

That person, but not in the same way that reading a message

From a loved one who is, perhaps, thousands of miles away,

Can make one feel. An emotional sense of closeness cannot

Be measured in any standardized way.

 

How does such a sense of closeness begin?

 

With small developments. Everything that means anything

To us had a beginning.

 

The message?

 

Treasure and enjoy even seemingly small but pleasurable

Close encounters. They have unlimited potential.

 

Spirit’s I Ching 10 – Treading

Heaven over Lake

Treading follows Small Development

 

Spirit explains:

 

Treading water is a temporary but valuable survival strategy for those who lack

Necessary swimming skills to reach the safety of shore in an emergency.

Hopefully, safety will come to them, from someone who accepted personal

Responsibility for self-care by developing water safety skills.

 

Small Development suggests a beginning, a first step up a staircase or

Ladder of skills-development, such as treading water is.

 

Is the message a warning?

 

About what?

 

About the danger of not going beyond the beginning.

 

The beginning of what?

 

Whatever.

 

No. The message is that beginnings were not designed to also be

Endings. But, the choice is yours.

 

Mine?

 

Yes.

 

What has begun in my life?

 

What has ended in your life?

 

Nothing that I know of.

 

Yes.</ 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 50 – The Cauldron

Fire over wind.

The Cauldron follows Revolution.

 

Spirit explains:

 

A cauldron is a heavy cooking pot, placed over fire, to heat and

Tenderize its contents.

 

A revolution is also as a heavy cooking pot, fired with ideals and intent

To change social rules and make them more satisfying to more people.

 

However, in both cases, there is always a danger of the fire getting

Out of control and destroying what it was intended to improve.

 

But, we need fire.

 

Yes, but we also need to keep it under control.

 

How?

 

A wise cook knows how much heat to apply and when.

 

And a wise leader?

 

Yes.

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 62 – Small Excess

Small Excess follows Sincerity.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Walking the Middle Way through life experiences allows for

Wandering off the path, now and then.

 

There can be no middle way without some deviation from a

Non-existent narrow path. There is always a danger of

Committing ourselves to a self-imposed and rigid structure of

Conformity 

 

How can anyone be a conformist while following a self-directed way?

 

Any self-directed way is a personal illusion of what the Middle Way means.

 

Pleasure is allowed?

 

Pleasure is necessary.

 

Spirit’s I Ching 57 – Wind

Today’s I Ching reading by Spirit

Wind follows Travel

 

Spirit explains:

 

Travel and Wind each express movement, but each in its own way.

Wind, though variable in force and direction, is limited to movement of

Matter, without capacity to choose what it moves or how far.

 

Travel suggests intentional movement from one place to

Another, or from one condition to another.

 

Another, important difference between Travel and Wind is that

The wind can change direction and revisit where it had once been.

 

Only physical travel allows for return, and even then, never as

One was before moving or being moved.

 

Subjective states of mind, such as thought and emotion, can

Also travel, moved by outer or inner forces, with or without

Personal control.

 

Study, prayer, meditation, and contemplation are, more or less,

Self-directed ways of travel that require intention to direct or

Seek direction in both a physical and non-physical form.

 

What can be both physical and non-physical in form?

 

A lifestyle.

 

 

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