I Ching 38 – Disharmony

Without at least some degree of discontentment at all levels (if there be levels) of life, and in all situations, personal and otherwise, there could be no change, and there is continuous change.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 38 – Disharmony

Fire above. Lake below.

Disharmony follows The Way of the Family

 

Spirit explains:

 

The way of the family serves a social  purpose

And then it changes as the purpose it once served

No longer serves one or some of the individuals

Within the particular family.

 

Disharmony is a necessary prerequisite to change, and

Change is continuous.

 

Does that mean that we must always be discontent?

 

We are, at some level.

 

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We Live Our Awareness

Developing awareness can so very easily become more of an intellectual pursuit than a spiritual goal.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment had just realized that

Her spirit teacher had been luring her into believing

That she had developed a deeper level of understanding

Than she suddenly knew was just not so.

He’s a trickster. Her expressed indignation escaped her mind

Before the regret for disrespect could stop it.

Who’s a trickster.

You are.

Of course I am, when it serves us well.

Does “us” include me?

Yes.

What good purpose could be …

Was.

Then, what good purpose was served by leading me …

I didn’t lead you.

You allowed me to believe …

You don’t need my permission to believe what you

Choose to believe

How could I choose to believe that I was more aware

Than I was?

Did you correct your false belief?

Yes, but …

How?

I reviewed earlier stages and discovered one that

Seemed to more accurately describe my level

Of…

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Archetypes as Symbols of Roles We Choose to Play

“Case closed”. Why can’t I end a discussion like that?

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker was meditating on Stage 16 of The Tree of Life.

Her chosen text calls this particular meditation, “I AM THAT I AM”.

Earlier meditations had as their focus, the question,. “Who am I”.

But, she kept asking herself – If I am that I am, then who or what?

You were never anything other than what you are, now.

Physical live serves to help us understand that simple reality.

Whatever we have experienced; whatever we now experience,

Whatever we will experience, the simple fact remains,

We are what we are, whomever we choose to be,

While we choose to be.

If I’m playing life as an actor, then why does it seem so real?

An actor is an actor regardless of the role she plays, but,

Each role we play; each relationship we experience,

Can serve to help us develop insight into why

We have chosen to…

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The Winds of Change

Relationships are as bridges that can unite to release the illusion of duality.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

The focus of today’s message is I Ching Hexagram 57 – Wind.

The yin trigram Wind is above. The yin trigram Wind is below.

More than a light breeze?

Much more – an unstoppable movement.

Are we talking of personal development?

There is nothing personal.

What about relationships?

Which relationship?

Yours and mine.

We don’t have one.

But, I relate to you.

In what way?

You are my teacher.

Is that all?

No.

Then, what?

More than I know.

Why?

You’re too far beyond my understanding, at this time.

Yes.

Please explain.

What?

Why relationships are not personal.

Relationships describe connection.

As a bridge?

Yes. And bridges are for crossing.

One way?

No.

Then, we meet halfway?

No.

Then, what?

Relationships are bridges that can unite.

To release duality?

To release the illusion of duality.

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How High is High Enough?

The ground beneath us will always be there. Where? In our mind, in some form or another, so Spirit tells me.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Spirit’s lesson for today relates to I Ching Hexagram 47 – Exhaustion.

The yin trigram Lake is above yang Water.

“They say the road of love is rocky and it’s rough, but if this road

don’t start to get smooth, then I’ve traveled it long enough”

is part of an old song that I can relate to regarding my ongoing

struggle with my spirit teacher as he guides me along the way

to enlightenment. But, what if He’s just luring me down

a garden path that never ends?

That’s exactly what my intentions are.

But, why?

You were ready.

As in “when the student …”

Yes.

Why didn’t I know there would be so much painful,

experiential content to the lessons?

Struggle is necessary.

But, I’m exhausted. Can’t we rest a little.

No. To rest is to lose ground.

I’m losing touch with ground moving.

That’s not possible.

Why?

The ground beneath us will…

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Living in Three Worlds

Spirit tells me that there are many more worlds than one, and that each of us always were, now are, and always will be in each of them, without cloning. Wow! Something to think about, eh?

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment had been accepted into

Grass Roots Spiritual Philosophy 121, and was meditating on

Stage 16 of The Tree of Life.

Spirit’s lesson for today: How to live in three worlds

while planted in a fourth?

How can I possibly exist in four worlds at one time?

We simply, or otherwise, do.

It isn’t simple for me.

Why?

How can I feel a sense of home if I live in four places?

“Place” suggests form.

How can anything not have form?

When it becomes formless.

How can that happen?

It is, was, and always will be.

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Wanting changes nothing

Spirit tells me that any problem is a problem, that belongs to itself alone, and not to any individual. I needed it to be my problem.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

Our simple seeker had slipped into one of her moods of hopelessness of ever being able to understand all that her spirit teacher shared with her.

What is the problem, now?

You didn’t refer to my problem.

Any problem is a problem. It belongs to itself, alone, and not to any individual.

That may be so but it doesn’t make sense in this instance.

It makes sense in every instance. There is a reason.

How can there be a reason for me to experience such a depth of awareness
at feeling a sense of oneness with all, and then, almost immediately,
a complete separation from everyone.

And everything?

And everything. Just as I’m able to claim it all as a part of me, it’s all torn, or
tears itself away from me. It’s not fair.

Go on.

And, you must have know the struggle would bring me pain.

Sometimes pain serves…

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Destiny is not necessarily Doom

We each travel through life experiences without ever not being life, itself.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom

contained within the I Ching Hexagram 57 – Wind.

Wind develops out of Travel (56) and moves into Pleasing (58).

as we travel through live experiences we must learn to adapt to

change. the winds of change continuously move through our lives,

seemingly with a will of their own.

We each are responsible for choices we make along the way,

without being completely in control of where, when, and how each

situation in this material life began, or where, when, and how our

experiences will move us into worlds of more expanded potential,

the worlds of spirit.

It sounds like the voice of doom.

Not necessarily doom, but necessarily destiny.

How can it be destiny? It sounds more like a mystery.

Yes. The so-called mystery is that we each travel through life

without ever not being life itself..

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Movement Has No Purpose of its Own

Travel is only movement if it has no purpose.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of timeless wisdom contained within

I Ching 56 – Travel.

In the order of the hexagrams, Travel follows Abundance (55) and transform

itself into Wind (57), or has the potential to do so, if we only travel because of

restlessness. The trigram Fire is above Mountain. Fire is Yin energy while

Mountain is yang.

Isn’t that curious?

What?

That yin Fire moves while yang Mountain is placid.

Mountains are never placid. A calm exterior can contain dynamic energy.

Now can we continue with the reading?

Please do.

Fire moves, or at least has potential to move while mountains are

generally known for their stability. If we travel from and then return

to a mountain, we can usually be confident that it will be where we

left it, while a fire may have moved on and created destruction..

What general message would this reading seem to…

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Closeness and Triangles

How to serve one without offence to the other?

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom contained within the I Ching Hexagram 8 – Closeness.

Water, a yang energy, is over Earth, a yin energy.

The vision of water spread over earth suggests flooding.

Yes, and in this context it expresses emotional flooding

My patio Hosta is now sitting in such a wet condition, but his planter pot is too heavy for me to tip over to remove the excess water.

Why did you over-water a plant you claim to care for?

I meant no harm but I generously watered hanging baskets of flowers, after having provided for the plants below, in the same manner

So, unintentional abuse?

I guess.

Now what?

I need help to undo the harm I’ve done.

Yes.

What does that mean?

It means that the plants were too close to each other for you to serve one without offence to the…

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