Wind over Water – I Ching 53

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Spirit explains:

Wind moves over, around, under, or through whatever would block its way. It is in its nature to move, without regret, permission, or desire to accomplish anything other than to fulfill its nature to move.

That may be normal behaviour for winds, but what about people?

What about them?

Surely we need to think about what we are doing, why we are doing it, and what we hope to accomplish by doing it?

Why?

How can we not use our mind?

Yes.

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What Happens Next?

With this final post of the year 2014 I must share with you my gratitude, not only to my sometimes difficult Spirit teacher, but also to Cheng Yi for his interpretation of the ancient classic I Ching, The Book of Change, and to Thomas Cleary for his translation. Spirit uses this text as a reference point, or general framework, within which he expounds his own understanding of the relevance this ancient wisdom has for today’s so-called modern society. Also, I give thanks to you, for following.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A spirit teacher shares His I Ching wisdom with me.

Today’s focus is on the life situation expressed by
Hexagram 18 – Degeneration.

Mountain is over Wind. Yang is over Yin.

And yet, Wind is a restless yin, not easily …

Controlled?

Yes.

Mountain is steadfast. It doesn’t seek control.

It is blocking the way.

Wind is able to move around the mountain.

So, we can each stand firm, without intent to block
others, who can if they wish to, do their own thing
without our approval or co-operation?

Yes. We each are responsible to ourselves and to our
own higher purpose; to remain firm, without seeking
to direct others, who may choose to follow a path of
their own.

Why is such a situation described as degeneration?
This name seems to suggest …

The end of a period of growth?

Yes.

Because it is.

Then, where do we go…

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And Still A Long Way To Go

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

Our simple seeker was reading Alan Seale’s
“Create a World That Works”.

How can that be done?

It is being done.

By whom?

By everyone.

And everything?

Yes.

How are we doing it?

Simply by being.

Being what?

No what necessary.

What does that mean?

What might it mean?

Is being the same as living?

In what way?

Existing.

How?

Just as we are.

We?

All of us.

No.

Then, what?

We each of us exist.

Separately?

No.

Then, what’s wrong with my using “we”?

It suggests one way.

Is there more than one way?

For what?

For each of us to exist.

Yes and no.

Please explain.

We each are as we each are, in a continuous
process of becoming.

Becoming what?

We can never become a what.

Then, becoming whom?

We are now whom we are.

Then, whom are we?

We each are we.

One?

Yes.

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The Middle Way is Narrow or Wide

Spirit tells me that the middle way is as narrow
or wide as the mind who walks it is.

Then, the middle way for some might be considered
as an extreme by some others who travel on either
side of that so-called middle way?

There is no so-called middle way. Anyone who
travels her or his own middle way is travelling
the middle way.

Regardless of how it might appear to some others?

We do not sincerely travel the middle way, our
middle way, to impress others, unless we are
travelling a road designed by others.

Then, we design our own middle way?

Yes.

How is that possible?

How is it not possible?

How can we know?

What?

What our own middle way should look like.

Look like?

I need to be able to visualize.

Yes.

What does that mean?

We can only know our own middle way
by also knowing our own extremes;
our individual potential for living
high or low.

I thought the middle way was moving
upward.

It is.

But, if the path we each travel is
between a low way and a high way ..

And it is.

Please explain.

To walk the middle way is to live as
you now live, moving through time,
while you are experiencing physical form

Your thoughts and emotions have power
to pull you high or low. Your unique
middle way harmonizes equally with
both extremes.

Then, some might have …

Not some; all do have a unique outlook
on life – within and without.

Then, no two middle ways will necessarily
be as the other?

Exactly.

Then, how can I learn to recognize my own
middle way?

Self-awareness. Know thyself.

More meditation?

Yes, but intentional meditation.

Some Can Recognize Detour Signs

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

Today’s focus is on Hexagram 28 – Great Surpassing.

How does one greatly surpass?

What?

Anything.

Or anybody?

Oh!

Yes, we greatly surpass those whom we do.

For whatever reason?

No.

We have a reason to go beyond?

Yes and no.

Please explain.

We go beyond where we once were, not necessarily
to pass another, but ourselves.

Great Surpassing follows Nourishment (27). Why?

Something has fed our need to move on.

Experience?

Yes.

But, the same experience doesn’t seem to have
the same effect on everyone.

Inspiration …

Inspiration is an experience?

Yes.

And we each respond to experience,
or inspiration, in our own unique way?

Yes. It is the same as with food.

Please explain.

If we allow our natural taste for specific foods
to become corrupted by a desire to please others,
then our socially conditioned body’s response to
specific foods will influence…

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Spirituality as a Coping Strategy

Spirit tells me that spirituality is a coping
strategy. Spiritual people do not escape from
the challenges that human life requires them
to face and cope with.

However, spirituality provides an understanding
of how difficult situations develop and offers
an opportunity to learn ways and means of moving
around, over, under, or through difficult
situations.

Spirituality is not separate from intelligence.
It is a quality of intelligence, as is emotion.
Actually, intelligence itself is wisdom wearing
an academic cloak.

Intelligence is highly valued in human society.

What field of intelligence?

High Tech.

Yes, technological progress, as it is called,
has served to connect people in a way that would
have been considered as magical a few generations
before your current lifetime.

But, the quality of our global communication ….

Technology is a tool. People use tools to do
what they would do without them, if they could.

So, technology does not improve intelligence?

No.

So what does?

Intelligence is intelligence.

To some degree, more or less?

Yes.

What about spiritual intelligence?

What about it?

How do we develop it?

We cannot develop anything that we do not
already possess the potential to develop.

So, everyone possesses or is …

Is what?

Spiritually intelligent?

Yes.

Wow!!

Yes, we each are potentially spiritual
beings.

The breatharian mantra claims that “I am
a spiritual being sustained by the breath
of life.

Saying it doesn’t make it so. We are each
forms of energy with unique potentialities.

We each possess potential to become
spiritual?

To become more spiritual.

More than what?

More than what we now are.

But, if we were potentially …

Potential spiritual intelligence cannot
be considered as more than only …

Then, potential spiritual intelligence
is a necessary prerequisite to developing
any spiritual intelligence?

Yes.

How does spirituality become a coping skill?

Spirituality is a coping skill.

How to use it?

How do you use anything?

By first learning what it can do.

Yes.

How to learn what spirituality can do?

By living and reflecting on lived experience.

Co-operation Is Mutually Beneficial

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

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…

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Sharing As Connective Tissue

Spirit tells me that the many qualities of love are more real than I am. It doesn’t make me feel very real.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

Our simple seeker was meditating on the thought
of who and whom trading places.

How does it work? What would it look like?

It’s you and me when we interact. I am here
and you are there, but only from my personal
perspective. From your perspective it would
be the reverse.

Why are we separated?

Isn’t that just the way it is?

No.

Then, what?

We are as connected as we each care to be.

As we choose to be?

No.

Then what?

As we each care to be.

What if we don’t or didn’t know each other?

It would still be the same

How can we care to be connected to someone …

To everyone, and everything.

How?

We each are more connected to each other
than anyone is aware of being.

Is that a structural concept of oneness?

Oneness is more than a concept. It is reality.

A…

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