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Higher Values Create Their Own Expression

Spirit explains I Ching 22 – Adornment

Mountain above and Fire below.

Society is as a fire that brings people
together; first, for survival and then
for other mutually beneficial purposes,
beyond, but never excluding survival.

Culture is as a volcanic mountain
that can only develop, as an adornment,
around a more-or-less stable society.

Culture cannot develop without
generally accepted social rules of relating
to different people in different ways.

A teacher is not a cook or a bus driver.

That’s curious that you would choose
a cook and a bus driver
to distinguish yourself
as other than.

Why?

A cook prepares food for eating and
a bus driver takes one to his or her
chosen destination.

Yes.

But, you do neither.

That is correct.

You seem to neither prepare food
nor offer transportation. Perhaps
the spiritual teachings you share,
after I struggle to digest them
and walk the path they point to,
are as adornments of sacred wisdom.

Yes.

But, I might understand what you say
in a way that differs from others.

Relate what I share with
your lived experience.

But, different people have
different lived experiences.

Yes and no.

How so?

Our individual lived experiences
are as adornments on the form
within which our shared intelligence
feels and thinks.

Then there is a finite variety
of emotions and thoughts
that we each share?

Yes, but there is an infinite variety
of quality of thought and emotion.

Where does spiritual development
come into all this.

All this?

Our shared thoughts and emotions
of infinite qualities.

Spirituality is in the personal
development of higher qualities
of thought and emotion.

What about action?

What about it?

How do we express higher qualities
of thought and emotion?

How do we choose the form or focus
of our expression of higher values?

Values?

Higher thoughts are values.

Then, how do we choose to express them.

They choose their own expression.

As do lower levels of thought and emotion?

Yes.

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Male-Dominated Sacred Books

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

Hexagram 1 – The Creative. Heaven is over Heaven.

Why isn’t it just called, Power over Power, or
Yang over Yang.

It is called what it is called for a reason.

But, it isn’t possible to be creative just because
it is the most powerful card.

A feminist attack?

No, a simple truth. A feminine, or yin contribution
is necessary to any creative process or project.

Why?

Desire and passion are necessary inspiration, and
they are yin characteristics, while, as you know,
yang is more structural.

Structural? When did thought become structural?

It always was.

There is no mention of that in the wisdom history.

It went without saying because men wrote the books.

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.

 

 

I Ching 42 – Increase

Today’s I Ching – 42 – Increase

Wind above (first daughter)

Thunder below (first son)

To me it looks like a sibling war.

Increase follows Reduction in the order of the Hexagrams.

 

Spirit explains:

Oh, oh. Spirit seems aware of my thoughts. What thoughts? The cynical notion, idea that, perhaps, if   what you have has been reduced enough then the only way to go is up. Spirit seems to think that frugality and simplicity are sacred ways of living, even in the physical world. I disagree.

 

Now, to the reading.

 

Spirit is not impressed with my, perhaps, less than respectful observation, and tells me that there will be no reading.

 

A power trip?

 

Yes.

 

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