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Archive for April, 2014

Destiny is not necessarily Doom

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom contained within the I Ching Hexagram 57 – Wind.

Wind develops out of Travel (56) and moves into Pleasing (58).

As we travel through life experiences we must learn to adapt to change,the winds of change that continuously move through our lives, seemingly with a will of their own.

However, we each are responsible for choices we make along the way, without being completely in control of where, when, and how each situation  in this material life began, or where, when, and how our experiences will move us into worlds of more expanded potential, the worlds of spirit.

It sounds like the voice of doom.

Not necessarily doom, but necessarily destiny.

How can it be destiny? It sounds more like a mystery.

Yes. The so-called mystery is that we each travel through life

without ever not being life itself..

Spirit’s I Ching 13 – Social Networking

Social Networking develops out of Obstruction (12) and moves toward Great Possession (14).

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 is good advice for each and every one of us, both generally and specifically.

Yesterday marries today to create tomorrow

Spirit’s I Ching message for today;
The traditional reading of the I Ching Hexagram 54 – Marrying a Young Woman seems to place a woman in a position of servitude to an older man. In the context of social and cultural relationships this attitude is changing.

In a deeper sense of yin and yang, from a spiritual and enlightenment perspective, yang dominance, in this instance, refers to a necessarily voluntary yin-type submission of the seeker to the mystical essence of timeless truths, and to personally chosen, dedicated teachers of those truths.

Through the marriage of present insights and levels of understanding with perennial wisdom, the future of enlightenment is co-created.

All that is, was, or will be can only be created from a blend of new and old; what is and what was, together become what will be.

NOTE: I PERSONALLY HAVE ALWAYS, IT SEEMS, HAD A PROBLEM WITH THIS HEXAGRAM. IT SEEMED TO PORTRAY SUCH AN OFFENSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN. WHY DID SPIRIT NOT HELP ME TO SEE A DEEPER MEANING BEFORE NOW? PERHAPS I WAS NOT YET READY TO STEP BACK OR LOOK DEEPER THAN MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES DURING THIS LIFETIME. I THANK SPIRIT FOR MY MORE EXPANDED UNDERSTANDING. JEAN

Spirit explains the limits of power

Advance, I Ching 35,develops from Power (34), if available power is used to advance.

Power can refer to potentiality to do something; a skill, talent, strength, or financial means to develop a vision, or fulfill a desire, or retire from worldly activities to devote oneself to recovering one’s strength and health, or to expanding one’s awareness of Life.

However, power is never more than potentiality unless intention to use it is strong enough to activate the power of whatever potential one might possess.

Does everyone possess some form of power?

Yes, without exception.

Then, and it scares me to even ask You, what is mine?

That depends.

On what?

On your definition of power.

Double Pitfall is not facing problems

Spirit’s daily advice, using the ancient I Ching style of thought to explain life, in which all situations are seen to develop out of and into other situations, in a more or less foreseeable pattern. Spirit seems to dismiss the trendy thought of living in the now. The now, He tells me, developed out of the past and will strongly impact on the future.

Today’s focus is on the concept of I Ching 29 – Double Pitfall. Problems cannot be faced, dealt with, or overcome until they are recognized, identified, and studied.

Double Pitfall suggests danger; possibly preventable danger, as a result of self-defeating thinking, avoidance, or lack of wisdom or courage to face and challenge difficulties before they develop into situations beyond our control.

How can this reading possibly relate to me?

It possibly relates to every one of us.

Humility develops

Spirit explains I Ching 15 – Humility, which follows Great Possessions in the order of the Hexagrams. Earth over Mountain – or is it Mountain pushing up through Earth?

Humility, in it’s most sincere form, blended with awe and gratitude, can develop out of great possessions, when she who possesses abundance becomes aware that anything and everything we may or may not possess at any given time is doomed, or destined (depending upon one’s perspective), and is only ours while it is ours. What is becomes what was, sooner or later.

The good news is that pleasures and possessions can be enjoyed without clinging to them.

What does that mean for me?

Do you now have great possessions?
My lifestyle is a simple one.

Great possessions do not necessarily refer to material wealth.

Then, I am blessed with at least one great possession, Your teaching.

Yes.

Wisdom of I Ching – Ultimate Reality

Spirit explains I Ching 1 – The Creative.

Heaven over Heaven – Ultimate Reality, or, as it has been described, as above, so below.

Nothing can create itself, alone; nothing can sustains itself, alone, and nothing can destroy itself, along.

What about Life?

What about it?

Who or what creates, sustains, or destroys …

Life is self-creating.

But, you said …

Life is not a who or what.

Then, what?

Ultimate reality.

I Ching Wisdom – Respect the visions from the timeless past

Spirit explains I Ching 52 – Mountain.

Mountain follows Thunder and will be followed by Gradual Progress.

As the seasons of our life each follow the one that came
Before it, so it is with each generation of Seekers of
The Way. We cannot be, see, or do as any other previous one.

The seasons, the years, and the generations each owe to
The past their very existence, and yet, there is continuity
Without sameness.

We each see and understand as no-one else, if we dare to see
From where we alone are, while respecting the visions of the
Elders, mentors, and teachers from the timeless past.

Wow! And the message for me?

Yes.

I Ching Wisdom – Life moves in cycles.

Spirit teaches I Ching wisdom.
Today’s I Ching is 49, Revolution.
Revolution (49), follows The Well (48), and leads to
The Cauldron (50).

Spirit explains: Revolutions seek to change the structure of
Society through violence; to destroy what is with intent to build something better.

Perhaps peaceful protests and elections didn’t seem to work?
A dry well could express futility.

A cauldron is a heavy pot that is hung over fire to heat food
Or water. But, the fire must be attended to with care or the
Contents of the pot become unfit to eat.

And revolutions risk the same fate?

Yes.

If this reading contains a personal message for me and my
Struggles, then what alternative is available?

Resistance without rejection.

That could be unending.

Yes.

And, if that is unacceptable?

To whom?

To me, and perhaps many others.

Develop an alternative way and live it.

Are we going in circles?

No. Life moves in cycles.

We play by rules we choose

Spirit Teaches I Ching Wisdom

Toda’s I Ching is 7 – The Army

Spirit explains: As today follows yesterday into the past,
So The Army follows Contention (6); and, as today reaches
Toward tomorrow, so does The Army reach toward Closeness (8).

I can understand The Army and Contention acting on each other, but what 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. 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 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?

Perhaps rules of your own choosing.

Yes, and so do you.

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