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Oppression Incites Reaction

A spirit teacher shares His understanding
of the timeless wisdom expressed within
the symbolic structure of I Ching.

Life situations and experiences necessarily
develop from previous conditions and lead
to future possibilities. Choices were made,
are made, and will be made, to integrate
human activities within an ever-expanding
universe.

The I Ching Hexagram 49 – Revolution
is expressed with the trigram named Lake
above the trigram named Fire.

Oppressed people may appear as passive
as still water, while within them burns
a fire of indignation or, worse, hatred
toward those they feel responsible for
the injustices inflicted upon them.

It sounds like a dangerous situation.

It is a dangerous situation.

Why do people endure injustice until
it reaches such an explosive situation?

Why do people inflict injustice until
it reaches such an explosive situation?

Perhaps they feel helpless to change
the situation.

Alone or together?

Would it make a difference?

Yes and no.

Please explain.

We are each alone only as long as we each
believe we are each alone.

How would awareness of group oppression
change the situation?

Nothing can change without such awareness.

Then, awareness of togetherness unites us?

Yes.

But, some might be more aware than are others.

Why?

Their focus is only on self?

Yes.

How can they become united?

A leader.

How would they choose a leader?

They usually do not.

Then, how is a leader chosen?

The leader of a revolution often choose himself,
or is chosen by a small group.

How can such a leader, or small group, know
the wishes of those whom they would lead?

They tell the masses what is best for them.

And the masses believe them?

They often seem to be willing to believe.

Then, after the battle is won, if it is,
the masses could sooner or later be oppressed
by a new leader or his small group?

His?

Isn’t war a male thing?

Yes.

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Co-operation Is Mutually Beneficial

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

Wisdom, awareness and enlightenment each reflect
the other two, from a unique perspective.

Our current position, along the path through life,
which we have chosen, more or less, is expressed by
the I Ching Hexagram 50 – The Cauldron.

Fire is over Wind, creating heat as fire and wind
co-operate with each other.

This situation of working together to achieve
a common goal develops out of Revolution (49).
Revolutions are necessarily violent confrontations
of differing goals, as expressed by Water over Fire,
a mutually destructive situation.

Why do we seek to improve our relationships
after the battle?

The battle serves a socially useful purpose.

What purpose?

Mutual respect.

How is that possible if the revolution is successful?

Revolutions are never successful, except …

Except what?

Except when.

When they result in a change in power?

No. That would only result in a change at the top.

Then, when can revolutions be considered to be
successful?

When both sides accept that co-operation is
mutually beneficial.

A win-win situation?

Yes.

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’s I Ching 49 – Revolution

Spirit explains:

 

Revolution follows the Well, and there is a purpose in this order..

Revolutions create change that  might not otherwise happen.

 

Left unattended or neglected, well water can become

Stagnant and unhealthy to drink. When this happens,

The stagnant water must be removed and replenished

With fresh, life-sustaining water.

 

However, caution must be taken not to damage the structure of

The well, itself, while removing the polluted water.

 

It sounds political.

 

It is political.

 

Why?

 

Life is political. It has a purpose.

 

 

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Spirit’s I Ching 50 – The Cauldron

Fire over wind.

The Cauldron follows Revolution.

 

Spirit explains:

 

A cauldron is a heavy cooking pot, placed over fire, to heat and

Tenderize its contents.

 

A revolution is also as a heavy cooking pot, fired with ideals and intent

To change social rules and make them more satisfying to more people.

 

However, in both cases, there is always a danger of the fire getting

Out of control and destroying what it was intended to improve.

 

But, we need fire.

 

Yes, but we also need to keep it under control.

 

How?

 

A wise cook knows how much heat to apply and when.

 

And a wise leader?

 

Yes.

 

 

I Ching – 50 – The Cauldron

Today’ I Ching – 50 – The Cauldron

Fire above. Wind below.

The Cauldron follows Revolution.

 

Spirit Explains:

 

Whatever is heated is usually made more pliable

Than it was before being heated. Revolutions

Change the civic and political structures of

Society that may not of themselves change.

 

What can this reading mean in my spiritual journey?

 

Conditioned thinking does not change on its own.

 

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