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Case Closed

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom
contained within the I Ching Hexagram 61 – Settled.

Water is 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 control 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 closed, as in, this issue has been …

What issue?

Whatever issue.

Our discussion?

Yes.

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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.

How many times?

Spirit’s I Ching 14 – Great Possession

Fire is over Heaven.

Fire expresses emotion out of control, or with great potential
to move in that direction. Heaven represents self-controlled
power and stability.

We’re into Yin and Yang again?

We can never leave the concepts of extremes of emotion
and control.

Why?

These are as boundaries within which we live.

Are they the same for everyone?

Yes and no.

Why yes?

We each choose the boundaries of our comfort or
safety zone, within which we live our life
our way.

And no?

Some dare to accept that self-imposed boundaries
can be expanded, without necessarily leaving
the situation or relationship the boundaries
enclose.

Why not just leave and start again?

How many times?

Situations beyond our control

Spirit’s I Ching for today: 16 – Pleasure

Pleasure follows Respectful and leads to Following. We are attracted to like-minded people.

If we can live and work together with an attitude of mutual respect then the work itself becomes a pleasure.

That sounds like an ideal situation but many of us associate and work with people who seem determined not to develop an attitude of respect; mutual or otherwise.

Then why are we there?

Perhaps we feel trapped within conditions beyond our control and must choose a situation that is the lesser of two or more evils.

Then take control of the situation.

That’s easier said than done.

Yes.

Free will and community

Today’s I Ching is 60 – Discipline.

Water over Lake.
Discipline follows Dispersal in a continuous order of events.

Spirit explains: When a river flows into a lake the water overflows onto surrounding land, unless it is restricted
from doing so.

Dispersal suggests an unorganized scattering, such as seeds
or dry leaves by a wind.

There is no free will choice, no sense of freedom involved
when we have no self-control concerning where we are going
with our life.

Self-discipline determines what we will do with our potential; how it will be directed. Without self-control we risk being controlled by others.

How to have it both ways? I need to be free and still be a contributing member of a community. I need to think for myself and still learn from You and others.

Yes, we need both.

Then how do we work both sides of the street?

We don’t.

Then what?

We compromise; we find an acceptable middle ground between the extremes of individualism and group control. But, we must always be aware of the price we choose to pay, or we risk losing choosing.

Spirit’s I Ching 50 – The Cauldron

Fire over wind.

The Cauldron follows Revolution.

 

Spirit explains:

 

A cauldron is a heavy cooking pot, placed over fire, to heat and

Tenderize its contents.

 

A revolution is also as a heavy cooking pot, fired with ideals and intent

To change social rules and make them more satisfying to more people.

 

However, in both cases, there is always a danger of the fire getting

Out of control and destroying what it was intended to improve.

 

But, we need fire.

 

Yes, but we also need to keep it under control.

 

How?

 

A wise cook knows how much heat to apply and when.

 

And a wise leader?

 

Yes.

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 57 – Wind

Today’s I Ching reading by Spirit

Wind follows Travel

 

Spirit explains:

 

Travel and Wind each express movement, but each in its own way.

Wind, though variable in force and direction, is limited to movement of

Matter, without capacity to choose what it moves or how far.

 

Travel suggests intentional movement from one place to

Another, or from one condition to another.

 

Another, important difference between Travel and Wind is that

The wind can change direction and revisit where it had once been.

 

Only physical travel allows for return, and even then, never as

One was before moving or being moved.

 

Subjective states of mind, such as thought and emotion, can

Also travel, moved by outer or inner forces, with or without

Personal control.

 

Study, prayer, meditation, and contemplation are, more or less,

Self-directed ways of travel that require intention to direct or

Seek direction in both a physical and non-physical form.

 

What can be both physical and non-physical in form?

 

A lifestyle.

 

 

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