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A Third Option

Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching wisdom.

Hexagram 7 – The Army. Earth is over Water.
The Army develops out of Contention and move
toward Closeness.

Spirit explains: When enough people are discontented
about whatever social conditions exist, then they
develop closeness with each other and protest,
hoping to pressure the authorities to listen to
their concerns.

When this happens, and it does, then authorities
may feel threatened; perhaps not personally, but
their vested interests in power and wealth may seem
to be at risk.

To appease the protesting masses or to suppress them?
This is a traditional either-or-simplistic solution
that never really works to solve the problems that
caused the discontent.

A third option is needed?

Yes.

But, what?

A willingness by both sides to compromise and try
to understand the causes of the situation that
developed into general discontent, and to develop
ways and means to develop harmony.

This sounds more like group therapy than a personal
message.

There is no difference.

So, then, what does it say to me, today?

Are you at peace with everyone in your life?

Only on the surface.

Yes.

What does “yes” mean?

It means, in this instance, that I agree you are
in serious need of …

Mediation?

No. Meditation.

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Contention is denial of reality

Spirit’s I Ching Wisdom

6 – Contention

Contention requires differences of opinion.

Since everyone experiences Life from a unique perspective, differences in what and how anyone views whatever situation must necessarily be different or at least seem to be so.

That would explain …

It does explain …

But, explanation alone does not resolve the problem of different perspectives.

There is no essential problem with differences of perspective. It is as it is.

Then how to explain and resolve contention?

Contention is refusal to accept, or denial of the reality that any particular perspective can ever only be one of countless possible perspectives.

Immaturity waits for Contention

Today’s I Ching reading, for me, by Spirit. And, don’t ask me
What I did to deserve it. I don’t know.

Spirit explains: I Ching 5 – Waiting, develops from Immaturity and leads to Contention. Waiting suggests
Expectation of a future.

A future what?

Is the future a what?

Can we pretend that I didn’t ask?

It’s too late for that option.

Why?

Life moves forward and expands. It neither stops nor
undoes what has been done.

Then what or whom are we waiting for?

We are waiting for immaturity to meet contention and,
In the process, mature.

My immaturity?

Yes.

The Army enforces Law and Order

Today’s I Ching – 7 – The Army, which follows Contention.

 

Spirit explains: Political contention can be expressed as protest

Demonstrations, when and if leaders abuse their positions of

Trust and ignore the will of their people. Then, protest results.

 

Or submission?

 

Submission doesn’t work.

 

And the army does?

 

Temporarily, yes.

 

Why temporarily?

 

The army enforces law and order but has allegiance to both sides.

 

But, what is resolved?

 

The army isn’t designed to resolve anything.

 

Who, then?

 

Individuals.

 

Are we going in circles?

 

No.

 

What, then?

 

Cycles.

 

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 6 – Contention

Spirit explains:

 

Contention follows Waiting in the order of the hexagrams.

Creative energy is above. Unstable emotion is below.

 

Contention expresses dissatisfaction with waiting. Change is

Wanted now, and unstable emotion could create unstable action.

 

Without change there is danger of stagnation.

 

What change? What action? By whom?, and for what, or whom?

 

By each of us, for all concerned, to be whom we are and not

Pretend to be otherwise.

 

What is it all about?

 

Living a good life.

 

I don’t understand.

 

Yes.

 

 

I Ching 6 – Contention

Today’s I Ching – 6 – Contention

Heaven above, Water below.

Contention follows Waiting in the order of the Hexagrams.

Spirit Explains:

For those with purpose, waiting is not an option.

When what we desire seems almost

Within our grasp, then we will

Confront and overcome, whatever

We must, and are able to,

To achieve our goal, and

With such intent, almost

All things are possible.

 

What is the message for you,

Chela, He asks me.

 

Fight the good fight

With all my might?

 

Yes.

 

 

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