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We Each Need to Learn To Be Self-Directed

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

The situation that we now must cope with on our
journey through life is represented by
Hexagram 19 – Overseeing.

Overseeing follows Degeneration and moves into
Observation. This may seem to suggest
a more-or-less orderly sequence of situations
through the sixty-four hexagrams, but life
was never designed to move seamlessly, or
smoothly for long periods of time.
Seasons progress in a predetermined order
but each Spring is in some way unique, as
is each of the yearly seasons.

And so it is with our individual lives.
We may encounter a regular progression of
situations but we must be alert to their
potential for uniqueness.

Since nothing can happen without preconditions
for its happening, nature always provides us with
early warning signs of imminent danger, if we
would listen. But, we grow complacent when life
is moving smoothly, forgetting that nothing
is without limits, or potential limits.

Why does Overseeing follow Degeneration?

If we are aware that a particular situation,
such as crops approaching their ideal stage
of growth for harvesting, then we can move
to harvest them before they degenerate.

It is the same with material possessions
and public utilities, such as roads, power,
and water resources, to name a few. If
our leaders are aware of weaknesses that
require repair or replacement, and act
on that awareness, then degeneration to
the point of collapse, can be prevented.

A stitch in time?

Yes. Some situations develop as a direct or
indirect consequence of human carelessness,
or lack of sufficient foresight. It is
then that overseeing would follow
degeneration. There is not always an
absolute order of events throughout life.

Could degeneration also refer to attitudes
as well as to diminished quality of work
or structural degeneration?

Specific situations do not necessarily
develop from any single cause. Life is
too complex to allow for such a
simplistic explanation.

How could potentially destructive
situations be prevented if specific
causes could not be identified?

History teaches Wise leaders to observe
what is happening and to be aware of what
potential dangers might be prevented.

How does this situation relate to
daily living?

It’s the same.

In what way?

Preparing meals requires paying attention
to what is happening to the food you are
preparing. Overseeing does not necessarily
refer to one person observing what another
is doing. We each need to learn to become
self-directed.

And, that’s the lesson?

Yes.

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Degeneration as a Universal Law

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom:

I Ching 17 – Following.
Lake is above Thunder.

Following follows Delight (16)
and leads to Degeneration (18).

The way of delight leading
to disaster?

Not necessarily so.

Please explain.

Delight in itself is neutral
as far as ethical outcome
is concerned.

Then it’s a matter of what
delights us?

Yes.

So, in the case of …

Yes?

I’m trying to express taking pleasure
or being pleased with activities
that bring pleasure to others
as well as to myself.

Go on.

In such a situation, how could
mutual pleasure lead to
degeneration?

Degeneration is a necessary part
of any outcome.

How?

It’s a Universal Law.

Then please explain how
this law works.

Everything changes.

When?

Continuously.

But, if shared pleasure is
an outcome then how can this
be considered as degenerating
anything or anybody?

When shared pleasure is increased
then displeasure or unhappiness
is decreased, or degenerated

The message?

That is the message.

Spirit’s I Ching 18 – Degeneration

Spirit explains:

 

Degeneration follows Following. We each follow a Way of Life and a

Teacher of that way, whether we are aware of this reality, or not.

 

“Know thyself” has been cautioned through the ages. Why?

Because, we are each responsible for allowing our

Inner vision to deteriorate, if it does.

 

How does degenerating vision relate to following?

 

Blind faith.

 

Blind faith?

 

Yes, as both cause and effect, creating a downward spiral of

Insight.

 

 

Spirit

Spirit’s I Ching 19 – Overseeing

Spirit explains:

 

Overseeing follows Degeneration, and yet, overseeing suggests

Accepting responsibility for what is happening under your care, or

Lack of care.

 

The message?

 

What have you done?

 

About what?

 

About the mess in your world.

 

I didn’t do it.

 

What have you done to undo it?

 

What can I do?

 

Witness.

 

I do, but how can that help?

 

It is a beginning.

 

And then what?

 

Find and share a better way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Ching 19 – Overseeing

Today’s I Ching 19 – Overseeing

 

Earth above. Thunder below.

Overseeing follows Degeneration.

 

Spirit Explains:

 

Overseeing is supervising others as they work, as well as

The work itself. However, there are always some who are

Self-directed and can be trusted to do whatever they have

Chosen or agreed to do, without any supervision from

Anyone other than themselves.

 

The message?

 

Who directs your traffic?

 

You.

 

Yes, if you believe I do.

 

I Ching 18 – Degeneration

Today’s I Ching – 18 – Degeneration

 

Mountain above. Wind below.

Degeneration follows Following.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Degeneration suggests decay. In the relationship

Between those who follow and those who lead,

Morale is low, as when one loses faith in her

Teacher.

 

What can be done if it is as it is?

 

She could pretend it was otherwise.

 

You would know.

 

Yes.

 

I Ching – 18 – Degeneration

Today’s I Ching – 18 – Degeneration.

Mountain above.

Wind below.

Degeneration follows Following.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Following suggests allowing others to lead you

Where they are going, or where they want

You to go, for whatever reason.

Teachers and leaders are necessary role models

And guides, and, if they have a vision and a purpose

You share, then to follow them is to join them on

A mutual quest. or a mutual purpose.

 

However, we must always think for ourselves,

No matter how confident and competent our

Teachers and leaders may be. If we follow

Without fully considering where we are being

Led, then we risk self-destruction of our own

confidence and competence. Our capacity

to become a teacher or leader will degenerate.

 

The message?

 

Listen to Me, but accept full responsibility for

Doing so, and never stop questioning Me or

Yourself.

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