Spirit explains I Ching 58 – Pleasing:
As the text expresses, pleasing is beneficial
How can we ever know ahead of time how correct
our pleasing is?
Your purpose in trying to please is a clue.
I want everyone to be happy.
Why would I not want everyone to be happy?
Even if they have caused you to feel
Then, pleasing them, or attempting to,
would seem to reward them for their
Then, please explain the purpose of
Pleasing should have no purpose.
Then, why do I seem to need to please.
Whom do you seem to need to please?
You, among others.
How have I, among others, rewarded
your attempts to please?
Negatively, it seems.
Why do you suppose that is, or seems
I don’t know.
Perhaps you know more than you pretend
What does that mean?
You and many others have been socially
conditioned to fear displeasing some
others, and so you have developed
a pattern of pretending to attempt
As a defensive strategy, to attempt
to reduce or escape confrontation.
Then, you approve?
Confrontation is necessary and
an honest expression of one’s truth.
Truth is a powerful word.
How is it appropriate in this instance?
Truth is appropriate in any instance.
Whether we choose to express it or not,
we should always be aware of it.
Is that possible?