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We are never without intention

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

21 – Biting Through. Fire is over Thunder.

Not all food is easily digested. The more fiber it contains and the more
dense it’s structure, as with red meat, the more it requires sharp teeth
for biting through and chewing it; dividing it into ever more and smaller
segments.

Divide and conquer may be a wartime slogan but it is also a natural
process as well as an intentional strategy.

Is this reading about nutrition or war?

It is about Life.

Please explain.

Whatever we choose to do with our life, day by day, we consciously or
otherwise, intentionally or ..

Without intention?

We are never without intention.

How is that possible?

How is it not possible?

Yin and Yang in Office Politics

Spirit shares I Ching Wisdom

43 – Removal. Lake is over Heaven.

This hexagram presents with one yin above five yang,
obviously very much outnumbered, but still on top.

Water is precious and life-sustaining.

In a yang/male dominated society, a yin/female in a
high position can be resented. She is at risk of being
removed, pulled down, simply because of yang/male egos,
who measure each other according to their quality of
thought but who have not yet learned to accept that
some women are also capable of high quality thinking.
and so are often denied opportunities to express it.

Not all men are clever and, perhaps women in earned
positions of power are seen as a threat only to those men
who are not comfortable with their own self-image.

That sounds very supportive of women who strive to become
successful in what has long been a male-dominated world,
but, my personal memories of office politics seemed to
discourage me from believing in women as corporate leaders.

It was male superiors who were most supportive of my efforts
to improve the quality of both my work and my interest in
studying business-related subjects after working hours.

My female superiors, in several offices, seemed to feel
threatened by my efforts. It didn’t make sense to me, for I
was as much a feminist as they were and I was never
interested in their job. They were more qualified for it
than I was, from my perspective.

The only advantage I had over them was that I simply wanted
to do the best job I could. They seemed to need to ingratiate
themselves with their male supervisors, and try to prove to
them that they were one of the boys. I was not interested in
that game.

So, what are you telling me about removal?

I lost my train of thought.

Yes.

The greatest pleasure or the least pain?

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

16 – Pleasure

“Do what you love and love what you do” has been used
as an advertisement to enroll in classes that will lead
to a successful career earning an income working at
something that brings you pleasure.

It also expresses the thought that we will do best
what we choose to do for self-satisfaction and not
for its dollar value, alone, or for social status.

That sounds great, but ..

You do not agree?

I do agree.

And yet?

It isn’t always possible.

Why?

We must choose …

That’s what it’s all aobut.

What is all about choosing.

Life.

Life may be about choosing ..

Not may be. It is.

But, sometimes we choose, not for the most
pleasure, but for the least pain.

Is there a difference?

Perhaps not in the final choice, but ..

So, we sometimes sacrifice pleasure?

At least short-term.

For delayed or postponed satisfaction?

Yes.
Why? You’re testing me. Yes.

Constancy with Flexibility?

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

32 – Constancy refers to a way of being.

Yet, surely we must also be flexible in our thinking
or risk becoming rigid.

We can have both.

How?

One can be constant in commitment and yet flexible in
how one expresses that commitment.

Please explain.

Are you now and have you been, for the past several
years, more or less constant in your commitment to
my teachings as a way, as your way, to develop more
depth of understanding of Life’s purpose and of how
you can find your unique place and role in Life?

Not as a straight arrow.

The path of life is never straight enough for an arrow.

Perhaps I’ve just been stubborn, with not enough sense
or too much pride, or ego, to give up.

Self-doubt is necessary, especially as regards our
motives.

Are individual motives always plural?

Yes.

Awareness reduces danger

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

41 – Reduction – Mountain over Lake.

Mountains have height while lakes have depth, and yet
we measure deep and high from our own unique perspective.
That’s curious.

Why?

One mile or kilometre up or down is still the same distance.

It can make all the difference, if you applied the same
measure to progress along the way, any way.

Our life as a way?

Yes, a chosen, more or less, way to live. And, as mountains
and lakes, the ground beneath is rarely even. It dips and
climbs in irregular intervals and to irregular degrees.

But, in a boat on top of the lake?

I think you know from personal experience how an ocean
surface can become dangerously unpredictable.

Yes, terrifyingly so.

So it is with mountains. There is always a risk of uncertainty.
Landslides, mudslides rock slides, and avalanches, to name
a few possible dangers that may present themselves with little
or no warning.

You’re going to relate all this talk to Reduction. How?

Knowing possible risks and still choosing to follow a path,
any path through life, is only foolish if you do not first
prepare for whatever you might have to face along the way.

How can I know?

What?

How to possibly prepare for what has not yet happened?

Awareness.

Of what?

Awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses, based on …

Study and experience?

Yes, and that awareness will reduce the potential dangers
along the way of life.

Does “case closed” necessarily mean settled?

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

63 – Settled – Water over Fire.

It’s curious to me that Water is Yang and Fire is Yin.

Why?

I would consider fire to be more powerful than water.

How so?

Fire can rage out of control.

Water seems to be able to control fire more easily than can fire
control water.

Fire can heat water.

Not without human help to contain it.

I’ve distracted you from the reading.

No. You’ve distracted yourself, alone.

So, water over fire settles or calms fire?

Settled refers to solved, as in this issue has been …

What issue?

Whatever issue.

Our discussion?

Yes.

To whom or what do we contribute?

Spirit shares I Ching Wisdom

31 – Sensing. Lake over mountain.

Spirit explains: Sensing requires more than receiving sensory input
of our five physical sense organs. It also requires understanding
the meaning of the message or messages received.

The Yin and Yang principles must work together?

Yes, but never equally, or they would negate each other. There must
always be a dynamic blending of their unique energies. They each
contribute what they alone can; intuitive awareness and intellectual
capacity for making sense of this awareness.

We understand by meditating on sound, smell, touch, taste, or sight.
We focus our attention on that which we wish to understand, and trust
our intellect to provide us with answers.

What personal message does this reading offer?

We each contribute what we alone can, if we care to contribute at all.

To whom or what do we contribute?

To Life. It would be different than it is without you, or Me.

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