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Difficulty Now or Disaster Later

Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed within the I Ching hexagram 3 – Difficulty.

Difficulty follows The Receptive (2) in the order of the
hexagrams and merges with Immaturity (4).

Water is over Thunder. Both are active yang energies.
Together, in this situation, they act as a thunder storm
where water pours and thunder roars.

It would be a difficulty for anyone outdoors in such
weather.

Yes, unless they are prepared.

How can we prepare for difficulties before we are aware …

Awareness is a prerequisite to preparedness.

But, a thunderstorm is only one of possibly
countless difficult situations we may have to
suddenly face. We surely can’t be aware of
them all before they appear.

Where do they appear from?

Sometimes, they seem to come from nowhere.

Nothing comes from nowhere.

That sounds like the words of a song,
“Nothing comes from nothing…”

Words of truth.

So, difficuties all come from somewhere?

Not somewhere, alone.

Then, from previously existing situations?

Yes.

Then, how to respond?

To what?

Difficulties.

Preparation.

How to prepare for unexpected situations?

Why are they unexpected?

How can they be expected?

Awareness.

Awareness of what?

Awareness of the present situation and how
it developed, and the path it has taken
to where it now is.

And visualize that same path moving forward
toward the horizon?

Yes.

That sounds like work.

A little difficulty now may prevent disaster
later, or at least prepare for it.

Is there an easier option?

No, at least not for you.

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Receptivity to Inspiration Provides Opportunities

Spirit explains I Ching Hexagram 4 – Immaturity.

The journey of our life begins with creation;
individual and collective.

Creativity (hexagram 1) is an essential attribute
of our unique essence.

Receptivity (hexagram 2) to inspiration, both from
without and within, provides us with opportunities
to express our individual uniqueness.

Difficulty (hexagram 3) in the early stages of
our development is to be expected.

Immaturity (hexagram 4) never lasts forever.
Sooner or later we each progress in our
chosen direction.

Who chooses our direction, and to where?

Our chosen direction chooses itself.

How is that possible?

It is the only way possible.

Please explain.

Why did you not ask about the role of
so-called free will?

I have learned enough from you to accept
that free will is limited to available
options and that even then we my not be
aware of future choices each option
may require of us.

Yes.

So, please explain how our chosen direction
chooses itself.

The future is as the past in that it develops
from how we live here and now.

There always was a here and now?

Yes.

Then, the direction we think we are choosing,
if we do consider the choices we make, are
a direct result of how we got to where
we now are?

Yes.

Then, how can we begin to intentionally choose
where we want to go?

First, by intentionally choosing to be where
you now are.

What choice is there to make?

Accepting responsibility for how you arrived
where you are.

Then, what?

Determine to develop a more mature outlook
on life in general, and your own life,
in particular.

And, to let go of all that we know
holds us back?

Yes.

And those who seem to hold us back?

No, never.

Why?

Unhealthy relationships hold us back,
not unhealthy people. They need us
to accept them as they seem to be,
without pretending that we are where
they are or that they are where
we are, or need and intend to go.

How does one do that?

Release your hold on the past;
not the people in your past.

Then, we move on without necessarily
rejecting them?

Yes.

It doesn’t sound too easy.

Life isn’t meant to be too easy.

I Ching 4 – Immaturity

Today’s I Ching reading by Spirit

Immaturity follows Difficulty

 

Spirit explains:

 

By facing difficulties in our lives, and we all do,

How we cope will or will not develop maturity.

 

An immature person will find excuses for

Difficulties and remain immature.

 

I have a problem with that idea.

 

You will always have a problem with some ideas.

 

Forever immature?

 

Yes, and that is a gift of Life.

 

I Ching 3 – Difficulty

 

Today’s I Ching – 3 – Difficulty

Difficulty follows The Receptive.

 

Sjpirit explains:

 

The Receptive expresses a state of mind that is open to

Receiving wisdom, whatever its source.

 

But what to do with that wisdom?

 

In nature it would be shared, as nutients

In the soil are made available to

All plants having their roots in that soil.

 

The difficulty arises in how to distribute

Intellectual, emotional, and spiritual

Nutrients among people with different

Capacities  to absorb them, and different

Degrees of awareness of their value.

 

A personal message?

 

Yes.

 

 

 

I Ching 4 – Immaturity

Today’s I Ching – 4 – Immaturity

Mountain above. Water below.

Immaturity follows Difficulty in the order of the Hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains:

Everything is difficult until we learn how;

How to stand, how to walk, how to speak,, …

 

I interrupt. And how to think?

 

What to think, Spirit corrects me.

Immaturity is not necessarily

Forever, if the immature one

Has faith and guidance…

 

And trust?

 

Yes., but not misplaced trust.

 

How can I know…

 

Experience is required and

Life provides us with

All that we need.

 

 

I Ching – 3 – Difficulty

Today’s I Ching – 3 – Difficulty.

Water above, Thunder below.

Difficulty follows The Receptive in the order of the Hexagrams.

Spirit explains: What is difficult now may become easy with practice. Perseverance is required.

How did Difficulty develop from The Receptive? I’m almost afraid to hear His answer.

You were eager in the beginning, He reminds me.

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