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Ever-Present Dangers

Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching.

Hexagram 29 – Double Pitfall – presents with
two Water trigrams stacked, one on the other.
This symbolic representation of flooding
warns us of a hidden and unexpected danger;
a trap or ambush.

As in the deck being stacked against me
in a game of cards?

Something like that.

How could I ever know in advance?

It would be too late to know if you did not
know then.

How to develop the skill to avoid walking
into a trap?

It doesn’t require a specialized skill.

What does it require?

It requires right, or appropriate, thinking
and action.

That advice sounds like the eight-fold path.

It is the eight-fold path.

Including right or appropriate livelihood?

Yes.

To avoid associating with those who might
be tempted to take advantage of my simplicity?

Yes.

That might require me to become less simple.

Yes.

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Some Can Recognize Detour Signs

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

Today’s focus is on Hexagram 28 – Great Surpassing.

How does one greatly surpass?

What?

Anything.

Or anybody?

Oh!

Yes, we greatly surpass those whom we do.

For whatever reason?

No.

We have a reason to go beyond?

Yes and no.

Please explain.

We go beyond where we once were, not necessarily
to pass another, but ourselves.

Great Surpassing follows Nourishment (27). Why?

Something has fed our need to move on.

Experience?

Yes.

But, the same experience doesn’t seem to have
the same effect on everyone.

Inspiration …

Inspiration is an experience?

Yes.

And we each respond to experience,
or inspiration, in our own unique way?

Yes. It is the same as with food.

Please explain.

If we allow our natural taste for specific foods
to become corrupted by a desire to please others,
then our socially conditioned body’s response to
specific foods will influence our choices and
we will develop eating habits that may not be
healthy for our particular body type.

Then, great surpassing may suggest success
in resisting the temptation to follow
where some others might lead?

Yes.

What about Double Pitfall (29)? Why or how
would resisting temptation lead to problems?

No situation described within the I Ching
circuit of life experiences necessarily
follows or leads to any other specific
situation or experience.

Then, how can it be described as a circuit,
or endless loop of situations or experiences?

Because it is.

Please explain.

Those who have eyes to see can recognize dangers
ahead of them, and take action to protect
themselves, by changing their plans, or
path of travel.

Detour signs?

Yes.

Power Comes From Within

Spirit shares I Ching Wisdom.

Today, the situation that we encounter
along our journey through Life is
expressed by Hexagram 33- Withdrawal.

Withdrawal follows Constancy, and
moves toward or into Great Power.

How can withdrawal lead to any power,
let alone great power?

What does it mean to withdraw and,
from what?

Constancy suggests steadiness;
not easily moved.

It can also suggest patience; waiting
until opportunity presents itself.

Then, opportunity comes from without?

Yes.

But, awareness of it comes from within.

Yes. WE can plan and prepare to execute
our plans, even during times unfavorable
to acting on them.

A farmer plans what he will plant before
the season of planting arrives. Then,
weather conditions being favorable,
he puts into action plans that needed
only an opportunity to carry through.

Where does Great Power enter into
the picture?

The power comes from within; self-control,
patience, planning, and the courage
to follow through on our plans when
circumstances are favorable for doing so.

Our plans?

Our plans.

Is this speaking specifically and personally,
or generally?

Yes.

Obedience is not co-operation

A spirit wisdom teacher explains I Ching 12 – Obstruction.

Obstruction follows Tranquility, or might, if might rules.

The construction of the hexagrams for Obstruction and tranquility
Both presents both yang and yin energies as concentrated and opposed.

Tranquility expresses followers as being seemingly held in high
Status. But, the power remains concentrated in the leadership.
Obstruction is a more-or-less reversed order. Leadership is on top
But only by suppression, which invites resistance.

Obedience is not co-operation. There is no sense of trust, and
Each side feels alienated from the other. There must be a
Blending of energies for each to feel part of the solution.

Is this a political situation or one of relationship?

Yes, and an attitude one.

Why attitude?

Attitudes direct how we perceive whatever situation and how
We perceive directs our action, or reluctance to act.

Could the situation apply to teacher and student …

Yes.

Then what is the solution?

Can we find common ground?

Some.

Yes, and some is a beginning.

Spirit explains I Ching 43

Today’s I Ching – 43 – Removal.

Removal follows Increase.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Removal expresses predetermined and forceful action

To reduce or eliminate something or someone. Increase

Does not continue forever.

 

Increase in what? Removal of what? And, by whom or what?

 

Cause and effect serve Life to limit excesses of power and greed.

 

Whose power? Whose greed?

 

Not whose, as in suggesting someone other than self.

Everyone is guilty of wanting, or thinking they need,

More and more of more and more of whatever.

 

Perhaps it’s in our nature?

 

Yes, and so is the solution.

 

Which is?

 

Awareness.

 

Awareness of what?

 

Awareness of the inevitable consequences of an

Unlimited increase in power and greed.

 

 

 

 

 

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