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Indecision Never Wins

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

I Ching 31 – Sensing follows Fire in the sequential
order of situations and events that we each face
as we travel along our physical life journey.

As in cause and effect?

No.

Then what?

As in order or progression. The universe
does not operate on a system of cause
and effect, even if at times it might
appear to do so.

Then, why does Sensing follow Fire?

You might also ask why Sensing leads
to Withdrawal, or why that outcome
might be advisable.

Can we go back to Sensing?

We never left it, at least not those
of us who pay close attention
to whatever situation has developed
or shows signs of doing so.

Then, Sensing is as an instinctual
awareness?

Awareness is not instinctual, but does
or can develop from a natural response
to heat, among other things.

Could instinct be considered as
a prerequisite to sensing or awareness?

No.

Then, where does instinct fit in with sensing?

Instinct follows sensing.

So, when our physical senses send a warning
to our inner awareness, then awareness
triggers an instinctual response to withdraw?

Yes.

Then, fight or flight determine outcome?

No.

Then what?

We choose whether to withdraw or not to.

Then why does withdrawal follow sensing?

It is the usual recommended course of action
in extreme situations.

Then, whatever follows or leads into
any developing situation is contingent
upon …

Contingent upon what?

I’m not sure.

Yes.

What does that mean?

Indecision is also an option.

But, if instinct only offers two?

Then indecision would be over-ruled
by the most dominant instinct.

Or the less controlled one?

Yes.

What Universal Law(s) Apply to Awareness?

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

I Ching 12 – Obstruction, follows Tranquility.

Times of peace never last?

It is the nature of yin and yang to interact
with each other. The seasons, too, play
this game, as do day and night. The tides
rise high and then slip back only to rise
again, before …

Does it all go on forever?

What?

Up and down, in and out, win and lose.

The natural order provides a background
for all life to learn to adapt. It’s
a beginning.

A beginning of what?

Higher education.

What does higher education have
in common with tranquility and
obstruction?

We learn to reach high, while we can.

To make hay while the sun shines?

Exactly.

That sounds great …

But?

How can we advance beyond narrow …

Or shallow?

Yes. Limits were surely designed
to be expanded.

What limits?

The limits of human …

Why only human?

Then, of awareness, creativity,
imagination, and consciousness.

They have no limits.

Then, if universal laws apply …

And they do.

Then, what universal law or laws
apply to the expansion of
awareness, creativity, imagination,
and consciousness?

Cause and effect, karma, fate,
and destiny.

Each or all of them?

Each and all of them.

The Road Ahead is Only in Your Mind

Spirit explains the I Ching hexagram 61 – Sincerity.

Sincerity follows Discipline in the sequential order
of events and situations experienced along the I Ching
Way to enlightenment.

When discipline and sincerity travel together within
the mind of the seeker of wisdom and truth, then
progress is certain.

What if they’re both going down the wrong road?

Then, progress is still assured.

Then, discipline and sincerity are not sufficient
to progress in the desired direction?

Yes, they are not.

What else is required?

Awareness.

Of what?

Not of what?

Where?

Yes.

Then, a map and a guide are required?

Yes.

My mind would resist.

Why?

A certain sense of personal responsibility for choices
of directions taken or forms of discipline accepted
and followed would require me to question myself and
any teacher, regardless of how much I might admire her
or him.

Yes, and that is as it should be.

Then, why do I regret not being able to completely
accept your way as my own.

My way should never be accepted as your way.

Why?

It would not be unique.

Must it be?

Yes.

Then, how can all ways merge into one and still
remain unique?

They merge into the one that is beyond uniqueness.

How can anything be beyond uniqueness?

We each are a unique aspect of Life and each are
contained within Life.

Then, what is the purpose of my struggle along
a unique way if I am already within what would be
the destination of my unique way?

A simple purpose; to develop awareness of what you are.

And then?

And then to expand your awareness.

To include what?

To include the awareness of all otherwise unique
aspects of Life.

Otherwise unique aspects?

Yes. They are only unique until you absorb their
awareness into your own.

Then your way becomes mine?

Yes.

It looks like a long road ahead.

Yes, but that’s just the bad news.

There’s good news?

Yes. The road ahead is only in your mind.

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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.

 

 

 

The Army enforces Law and Order

Today’s I Ching – 7 – The Army, which follows Contention.

 

Spirit explains: Political contention can be expressed as protest

Demonstrations, when and if leaders abuse their positions of

Trust and ignore the will of their people. Then, protest results.

 

Or submission?

 

Submission doesn’t work.

 

And the army does?

 

Temporarily, yes.

 

Why temporarily?

 

The army enforces law and order but has allegiance to both sides.

 

But, what is resolved?

 

The army isn’t designed to resolve anything.

 

Who, then?

 

Individuals.

 

Are we going in circles?

 

No.

 

What, then?

 

Cycles.

 

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 55 – Abundance

Spirit explains:

 

Abundance follows Marriage in the order of the Hexagrams.

 

Marriage is a special ceremony wherein two people declare their

Intentions to share with and care for each other, and accept

Responsibility to develop a long-term, mutually beneficial

Relationship.

 

It sounds good, so far. Where does abundance fit?

 

Two or more people working together can usually accomplish or

Create more of whatever, than any one person, alone. Working

Together also creates community. We were not designed to live

Completely independently.

 

Back to abundance. Couldn’t two or more, working together without

Harmony, and without too much effort, create an abundance of

Sorrow, as easily as, or as well as an abundance of pleasure

For each other?

 

That’s a chance we choose or choose not to take.

 

 

 

I Ching 63 – Settled

 

Spirit’s Daily I Ching Reading

 

Water over Fire

Settled follows Small Excess

 

Spirit Explains:

 

The yin and yang forces in water and fire balance each other,

Creating harmony. This is a settled social condition.

 

Small excesses do no harm. There are checks and balances

Within any society or social group. These are designed and

Prepared to maintain a more or less settled order.

 

The message?

 

Self control.

 

Or you drown my fire?

 

Yes.

 

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