Spirit shares His understanding of I Ching.
Hexagram 29 – Double Pitfall – presents with
two Water trigrams stacked, one on the other.
This symbolic representation of flooding
warns us of a hidden and unexpected danger;
a trap or ambush.
As in the deck being stacked against me
in a game of cards?
Something like that.
How could I ever know in advance?
It would be too late to know if you did not
How to develop the skill to avoid walking
into a trap?
It doesn’t require a specialized skill.
What does it require?
It requires right, or appropriate, thinking
That advice sounds like the eight-fold path.
It is the eight-fold path.
Including right or appropriate livelihood?
To avoid associating with those who might
be tempted to take advantage of my simplicity?
That might require me to become less simple.
Spirit shares I Ching wisdom
41 – Reduction – Mountain over Lake
How is that possible?
Mountains rise up out of water or earth.
They do things like that.
Also, mountains are by nature, above
their surroundings, except for
mountains higher than themselves.
Reduction is the process of making
something less. It takes a superior
person to reduce whatever is under
her or his control.
Yes. Following a path of simplicity
does not require sacrificing personal
quality of life.
Today’s I Ching reading by Spirit
I Ching 23 – Downsizing.
Mountain over Earth
Downsizing follows Adornment in the order of the Hexagrams.
Simplicity may mean different things to different people, but
The concept of downsizing is generally understood.
Downsizing involves reducing whatever we have accumulated
That no longer seems to contribute to the quality of our life
As we now wish to live it.
Downsizing should never involve a reduction of personal values.
Perhaps it could involve selecting which of our collected treasures
We value more than some others.
Yes. What once was or may have seemed important may now
Seem less so.
What about people?
What about them?
May we also need to consider whom to stay close to and whom
Release? Are you holding on?
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.
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?