I Ching 23 – Stripping Away

The way we live should express both our inner and outer values, in harmony with each other.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 23 – Stripping Away

 

Mountain above. Earth below.

Stripping Away follows Adornment.

 

Spirit Explains:

 

Adornment suggests excess of what is functionally necessary.

Stripping away reduces some of this excess.

 

It is time, He tells me, for a new beginning; to live a more

Simple and uncluttered lifestyle. The way we live should

Express both our inner and outer values, in harmony with

Each other.

 

How is that possible, without the material means to express

Oneself as one would?

 

Then we do what we can with what we have. And, He suggests,

There are always areas of excess in our lives.

 

Such as?

 

Excess of inactivity could be reduced with exercise.

 

I give up.

 

Yes.

 

 

 

 

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The Game Plan in The World of Mind

Desire and intention as the only way for any two or more individuals, groups, or nations to learn to communicate and harmonize with each other.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker seemed to be rapidly slipping into concepts of cosmic reality beyond her depth.

How do you know?

What?

Anything  about anything.

By daring to question what it might mean?

Yes. So why don’t we play that game with the seeming relationship between Chockmah and Malkuth on The Tree of Life in The World of Mind?

How to begin, and where, when there seems to be no clear beginning?

There’s always a shadowy beginning that emerges from some earlier experience.

Okay. I was developing a sense of harmonizing the different aspects of The World of Consciousness; the world that gradually merges into Mind.

Yes. You reached a tipping point that became the densest form of mind, which, in Kabbalah symbolism is referred to as Malkuth.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve come this far, unless you’re testing my ego.

What difference would that make to today’s lesson.

What…

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High and Low Interact Because

It would be so much easier to relate to the Mysteries if they didn’t seem to demand to be taken ever more seriously.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker seemed to be lured by her Spirit teacher to believe that she could possibly learn to understand the deeper meanings of the interconnection between the Kabbalah Tree of Life and Tarot symbols through studying each of these mystery systems separately and then integrating them. She protested that she just didn't seem to have the mental capacity to go much beyond a surface awareness of life, as the mysteries taught. Not past tense, He insisted. There has always been a continuum of teachers in every age, who adapt what has been shared, as a sacred trust, with them, to the culture they live within, and are, at least to some extent, a product of. She drew three Tarot cards to express: 1. Ego, or her personal relationship to herself and her perceived needs and level of satisfaction. 2. Higher Self, or what a higher self might inspire her…

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Awareness is the Answer

Consciousness rises and awareness expands. Put them together and what have you got? Density of thought and emotion is heavy and holds us down, while it can. Th good news is that we’re designed to be able to release ourselves and move out and up, when and as we choose to. Wow!

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment was, or almost believed she was

Unprepared for the lesson that Spirit seemed intent on her learning;

That the pillars of form, consciousness, and force that provided

The basic structure, or the built environment, of The Tree of Life

Did not exist as anything more or less than mental concepts

To express the lived world of continuous experience and response,

That necessarily causes an expansion of consciousness, or awareness,

As a result of this evolutionary process.

But, she protested, consciousness rises.

Everything rises as it expands. Density of matter, or mind, moves up

As it reaches out.

It isn’t fair.

What isn’t fair.

I’ve spent countless hours learning to relate to specific centers

Of energy on the separate pillars of form, consciousness, and force.

And their specific interactions with other energies.

There are no other energies.

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I Ching 8 – Closeness

The power of emotion drives thought. I feel, therefore I think (or do I just think that I feel whatever emotion I think I feel?

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 8 – Closeness

Water above, Earth below.

Closeness follows The Army

 

Spirit explains:

Yes. Closeness can refer to something or someone

Near to where we are, or to someone or something

Dear to us, and near to us, wherever we may be.

 

Personal.

 

Yes.

 

So, what is the message?

 

You and I are as close to each other, and to everyone and

Everything else, as we feel we are. We cannot choose

To feel close.

 

Then, emotion rules?

 

Yes.

 

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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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Ego and Self Serve Each Other

Each day I randomly draw two Tarot cards to prepare myself for what to expect re my relationship with Spirit. Today’s first card was The Nine of Cups, expressed by a very self-satisfied person firmly guarding his treasures. The second card was The Nine of Swords, depicting a tragic figure tormented by regret.

Spirit tells me that contentment is the Middle Way, in which Ego and Self flow into and sustain each other, as do Yin and Yang, or Force and Form, the outer Pillars of The Tree of Life. Consciousness, the central Pillar serves to harmonize them without denying their uniqueness.

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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