Constraints as Challenging Bars

Spirit shares ageless wisdom with me, but
it seems to require never-ending development.

I obviously don’t have what it takes.
I struggle, as many others surely do,
to live within constraints not of my own
choosing.

Spirit claims that I do choose and am
trying to avoid accepting responsibility
for choices I freely make.

But, how free are we to make choices
when the choice I seem to need to make
is the lesser of two or more otherwise
unacceptable choices? Spirit is unimpressed
with my whimpering. It doesn’t move him.

Constraints, He tells me, are necessary to future
progress in any discipline or area of human
development, including spiritual, intellectual,
or material, in that they provide challenges to
our present level of skill, as well as serving to
soften our ego’s otherwise smug sense of
satisfaction in the moment of victory.

Challenges that we have faced and overcome
seem to whisper to our inner ear,
perhaps we should raise the bar.

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Double Pitfall is not facing problems

Spirit’s daily advice, using the ancient I Ching style of thought to explain life, in which all situations are seen to develop out of and into other situations, in a more or less foreseeable pattern. Spirit seems to dismiss the trendy thought of living in the now. The now, He tells me, developed out of the past and will strongly impact on the future.

Today’s focus is on the concept of I Ching 29 – Double Pitfall. Problems cannot be faced, dealt with, or overcome until they are recognized, identified, and studied.

Double Pitfall suggests danger; possibly preventable danger, as a result of self-defeating thinking, avoidance, or lack of wisdom or courage to face and challenge difficulties before they develop into situations beyond our control.

How can this reading possibly relate to me?

It possibly relates to every one of us.

Thinking is a game

Spirit tells me that thinking is a game and perhaps He’s right.

I somehow need to struggle with ideas and Spirit provides me

(bless His soul) with a seemingly endless supply of these.

 

Sometimes I think I know the what and why of a particular

Mental challenge He slips into my mind, but, before I can

Take hold of the how, it slips away, as my inner resources

Suddenly collapse, as a balloon does, when filled to

Beyond capacity with hot air.

 

Spirit smiles at my distress and suggests that I

Accept that there are games in this world, and

Beyond, that are beyond me, at least for now.

I should be able to recognize games that I

Cannot yet win.

 

Stop. He spoke of this world and beyond. Now I challenge Him.

How can there be a beyond if there is only one world?

 

There is and yet there will always be a beyond.

 

As in Buzz Lightyear’s “to infinity and beyond”? (Buzz is a

Toy Story character).

 

Yes and no.

 

How?

 

Our world expands to infinity, and expanding awareness is

Our mode of travel.