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Karma is Different than Cause and Effect

Spirit explains I Ching 51 – Thunder

Thunder above and Thunder below, or
As above, so below.

Thunder makes a loud noise. It does not
present itself graciously or even politely.
but on its own terms, and in its own way,
forcefully, so as not to be ignored.

Why does it have to let the world know
that it’s here, when it is here.

Perhaps it is as a messenger being sent
from a high authority, to announce
an immanent arrival.

A storm?

Yes.

That makes sense, weather wise.

It makes sense and is a reality
in any situation.

How is it possible to be warned
ahead of time in situations of
emotional, social, political, or
environmental disasters?

It is a law of life or, as some
prefer, a universal law.

What law?

Causation, or Karma.

Are they both the same law?

Yes and no.

How do they differ?

Cause and effect are sequential.

And Karma?

It might bide its time or …

Or what?

We can change the way we think
and choose to live, and this would
then change our karma.

For better or worse?

Yes.

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Water and Air as Yin and Yang

Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching 52 –
Mountain.

Mountain above and mountain below. Now, that’s
a mountain.

Mountain follows Thunder (51) and is followed by
Gradual Progress (53).

Spirit explains: Thunder is caused by the force
of air, as is wind. Air is not without life. Air
is the breath of life, at least human, plant and
animal life, here on Earth. Without clean air we
cannot live as we would with it.

Where does Mountain fit into the picture?

What picture?

Of clean air.

Air is the background.

What about Gradual Progress? How does it follow
Mountain?

Mountains are not easily moved and so can reflect
rigid attitudes toward protecting our environment,
clean air and water for future generations of air
breathing and water drinking life forms.

A lecture in conservation?

Yes.

Note: After the lesson was over, for it seemed to be as
a lesson, Spirit sent a vision into my mind of water and
air as yin and yang, each flowing into and out of the
other in an elusive flow, as one and yet not one.

Neither can exist without the other, was the message
Spirit seemed to be sending to me. There is water in
air and air in water. Only degrees of difference
exist and even then, only in passing fluctuations
of harmony.

Something to think about.

The moment lasts forever

Spirit’s I Ching wisdom for today: 20 – Observing.

To observe is to witness and there is no such possibility
as being a non-participating witness.

Whatever we witness, we are a part of. We absorb the
reality of whatever situation we are witness to.

We open to it or we close up to it. We back away from
or move forward, if only in our mind.

We respond, or we react.

What if …

There are no what ifs that could excuse you from
accepting responsibility.

How could I be responsible if I’m just a witness?

You are responsible for your response.

Even if I don’t recognize the significance of
what I witness until later?

We live in the moment.

The message?

The moment lasts forever.

I Ching Wisdom – Life moves in cycles.

Spirit teaches I Ching wisdom.
Today’s I Ching is 49, Revolution.
Revolution (49), follows The Well (48), and leads to
The Cauldron (50).

Spirit explains: Revolutions seek to change the structure of
Society through violence; to destroy what is with intent to build something better.

Perhaps peaceful protests and elections didn’t seem to work?
A dry well could express futility.

A cauldron is a heavy pot that is hung over fire to heat food
Or water. But, the fire must be attended to with care or the
Contents of the pot become unfit to eat.

And revolutions risk the same fate?

Yes.

If this reading contains a personal message for me and my
Struggles, then what alternative is available?

Resistance without rejection.

That could be unending.

Yes.

And, if that is unacceptable?

To whom?

To me, and perhaps many others.

Develop an alternative way and live it.

Are we going in circles?

No. Life moves in cycles.

Spirit explains I Ching 48 – The Well

The Well follows Exhaustion.

 

Spirit explains:

 

 Exhaustion refers to a depletion of more-or less non-renewable

Sources of life-sustaining energy.

 

The Well offers renewal and sustenance. Without water

There can be no life as experienced in plant, animal, or

Human form.

 

Is the message about awareness?

 

Awareness of what?

 

Of our dependence on water to live.

 

No.

 

Then what?

 

Water belongs to and is part of how.

It doesn’t answer or explain why.

 

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 21 – Biting Through

Today’s I Ching reading by Spirit – 21

Biting Through follows Observing.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Everyone interacts with the world they live in, the world that we

Seem to know we are part of. And, yet, many of us observe

This world as being outside of ourselves. This is an illusion

That we must learn to bite through.

 

The skin of an apple is often firm and yet, if we bite through

This protective layer we reach the tasty fruit that waits for us,

Just beneath the surface; our reward for the effort taken.

 

Why do I sometimes feel that I am more a part of the

Outer skin than of the inner reality?

 

Perhaps we all live on the surface of Life, with some of us

Being more aware than are others of how deep our roots

Reach down and dissolve into Life itself, to become nutrients

For our future.

 

It sounds deep.

 

It is deep, and we are part of it.

 

 

 

Today’ I Ching Reading by Spirit – 5 – Waiting

Waiting follows Immaturity in the order of the Hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Immaturity doesn’t last forever. We learn and grown,

Each in our own time and in our own way.

 

Waiting until we are more prepared to face

Whatever challenges Life presents us with,

Doesn’t work.

 

We must live each day as we now are.

 

The message?

 

We develop maturity with intention and practice,

Not by waiting.

 

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