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To See Essence – Close Your Eyes

A spirit teacher shares His understanding
of I Ching 11 – Tranquility.

Tranquility develops out of Treading
and moves toward Obstruction.

Earth is over Heaven.

Spirit explains: Normally, Heaven is high
above materially focused Earthly matters,
and yet physical beings can raise themselves
by their own effort, and with assistance
and companionship of others, may develop
a sense of oneness with all.

Heaven and Earth can be as one, when we
do our best to be who we are, and value
our own good opinion of ourselves,
while accepting that we are responsible
to the unity of Life, to contribute
to the development of higher understanding
of all, if possible, and it is.

Tranquility is not weakness in any way.
It is peace of mind. Whether we feel
we must join in active service to protect
our community or serve by teaching children,
or by driving a bus to know that we are
contributing to our community, provides
us with a sense of satisfaction that
living for self can never offer.

I can understand treading as a conscious,
intentional struggle to arrive at peace
of mind, but what about obstruction?

What about it?

How can Obstruction develop from Tranquility?

No situation or condition lasts forever.
If we allow ourselves to become self-satisfied,
then we set ourselves up for attack.

By whom?

Not by what?

What could attack our peace of mind?

Confrontation.

From whom or what?

From within our own mind.

How is that possible?

Self-doubt.

How does self-doubt develop?

By listening more to outside voices
than to those from within.

But, I can see …

You see form.

What else is there to see?

Essence.

How can I see essence?

Close your eyes.

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Meeting is never random

I Ching 45 – Gathering

Lake over Earth.

Gathering follows Meeting in the order of the hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains:  A meeting is more than a gathering.

It is a gathering with a purpose, a shared purpose.

 

Why does meeting come before gathering?

 

We cannot gather without first meeting.

 

Whether we know the people we are meting, or not?

 

Meeting is never random.

 

Even if we have never met before?

 

Yes.

 

 

 

I Ching 11 – Tranquility

Today’s I Ching – 11 – Tranquility

Earth above, Heaven below.

Tranquility follows Treading.

 

Spirit explains, but first asks me if I have ever experienced tranquility?

 

Not that I’m aware of.

 

Tranquility requires, He tells me, awareness that

Moving through life experiences is treading on

Sacred ground.

 

Then why is this sacred ground so rough and

Unfeeling?

 

It is what we make it.

 

Then I should pretend that all is well?

 

Pretense is an illusion.

 

Then, what is real?

 

We are.

 

Individually or collectively?

 

Yes.

 

I Ching 46 – Rising

Today’s I Ching – 46 – Rising

Earth above, Wind below.

Rising follows Gathering in the order of the Hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains: Whenever people gather together

To share ideas and experiences,

Both individually and collectively,

Their knowledge and awareness

Rises, both in quantity and quality.

 

Mutual support is both

A blessing and

A sacred responsibility.

 

I ask Spirit what His reading

Says to me.

 

Yes.

 

 

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