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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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Situations beyond our control

Spirit’s I Ching for today: 16 – Pleasure

Pleasure follows Respectful and leads to Following. We are attracted to like-minded people.

If we can live and work together with an attitude of mutual respect then the work itself becomes a pleasure.

That sounds like an ideal situation but many of us associate and work with people who seem determined not to develop an attitude of respect; mutual or otherwise.

Then why are we there?

Perhaps we feel trapped within conditions beyond our control and must choose a situation that is the lesser of two or more evils.

Then take control of the situation.

That’s easier said than done.

Yes.

I Ching Wisdom – Respect the visions from the timeless past

Spirit explains I Ching 52 – Mountain.

Mountain follows Thunder and will be followed by Gradual Progress.

As the seasons of our life each follow the one that came
Before it, so it is with each generation of Seekers of
The Way. We cannot be, see, or do as any other previous one.

The seasons, the years, and the generations each owe to
The past their very existence, and yet, there is continuity
Without sameness.

We each see and understand as no-one else, if we dare to see
From where we alone are, while respecting the visions of the
Elders, mentors, and teachers from the timeless past.

Wow! And the message for me?

Yes.

Sincere humility expresses respect

Today’s I Ching – 16 – Delight, follows Humility.

 

Thunder over Earth. One Yang controls five Yin, or do

Five Yin compete to please one Yang?

 

Spirit explains: Humility expresses acceptance of being

Less than someone or something, or pretending to feel so.

 

Why would anyone pretend?

 

It might serve you well to pretend, until you are able to accept

The reality of the relationship in question. Then, He might

Choose to continue to teach you.

 

Is the message a personal one?

 

Yes.

 

 

Spirit’s I Ching 2 – The Receptive

Spirit explains:

 

Earth above Earth.

The Receptive follows The Creative (Heaven above Heaven)

 

The Receptive is Yin over Yin, the extreme of Yin, or traditional

Female, or emotional energy system. The Creative is Yang over

Yang, the extreme of Yang, or traditional masculine, or

Intellectual energy system.

 

Yang and Yin represent the major energy forces in Life. Neither

Are known for stability. They are each restless and eager to

Express their own qualities, sometimes in harmony with each

Other; sometimes not. But, like all else in Life, and in

Individual lives, they each are interconnected with the other.

Sooner or later, they must learn to co-exist, without denying

Their own unique essence.

 

The Creative and The Receptive each have unlimited potential,

Both positive and negative. Intellect and emotion both require

Self-awareness and self-discipline, and acceptance of the other,

In order to co-create anything, and nothing is created that is not

A co-creation of both energies.

 

So it is with individual people. We not only each contain both

Yin and Yang energies within us, but we each contain a unique

Blend of emotional and intellectual energies, seldom in equal

Quantities or qualities.

 

Self-awareness requires that we meditate on these inner energies

To learn to understand how they relate to each other, and how that

Relationship affects our ability to live a meaningful life.

 

How can accepting a dysfunctional relationship between

Our inner energies change anything?

 

We are that dysfunctional relationship and, if it is to be

Changed, only we can do it.

 

How?

 

Dialogue, to begin with.

 

How can talking about our problems solve anything?

 

Dialogue is not only talking. It also requires listening, and

Commitment to understanding the other.

 

Respect?

 

Yes.

 

 

I Ching 9 – Small Development

Today’s I Ching – 9 – Small Development

 

Small Development follows Closeness.

 

Spirit explains:

 

Closeness suggests shared feelings, ideas, or goals, and

Something must develop when our personal energies

Blend with those of others or, even with those of one other.

 

Small developments are the seeds of greater developments,

If they are nourished and protected.

 

How to protect them, and from what?

 

With care, respect, dedication, and trust.

 

Trust in what?

 

Me.

 

And the what?

 

The unknown, which does not exist.

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