A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
contained within the I Ching Hexagram 61 – Sincerity.
Sincerity follows Discipline (60) in the sequential order of
events and situations experienced by everyone during each of
our human lifetimes, as we move toward enlightenment, and we
do, each in our own way and in our own time.
Wind is over Lake and affects the water in a way that the
water cannot but respond, by releasing its moisture into
the air above it. This is a universal law affecting all
life. We each affect whomever affects us, but not
necessarily in the same way.
What has that to do with discipline and sincerity?
When discipline and sincerity travel together and
interact with each other, within the mind of a seeker
of wisdom and truth, then progress is certain.
What if they’re both going down the wrong road?
Then, progress is still assured.
Then, discipline and sincerity are not sufficient
to progress in the desired direction?
Yes, they are not.
What else is required?
Not of what.
Then, a map and a guide are required?
My mind would resist.
A certain sense of personal responsibility for choices
of direction taken or forms of discipline accepted
and followed would require me to question myself and
any teacher, regardless of how much I might admire her
Yes. And that is as it should be.
Then, why do I regret not being able to completely
accept your way as my own.
My way should never be accepted as your way.
It would not be unique.
Must it be?
Then, how can all ways merge into one and still
They merge into the one that is beyond uniqueness.
How can anything be beyond uniqueness?
We each are a unique aspect of Life and each are
contained within Life.
Then, what is the purpose of my struggle along
a unique way if I am already within what would be
the destination of my unique way?
A simple purpose; to develop awareness of what
And then to expand your awareness.
To include what?
To include the awareness of all otherwise unique
aspects of life.
Otherwise unique aspects?
Yes. They are only unique until you absorb
their awareness into your own.
Then your way becomes mine?
It looks like a long road ahead.
Yes, but that’s just the bad news.
There’s good news?
Yes. The road ahead is only in your mind.