Today’s I Ching – 50 – The Cauldron
Fire over Wind. The Cauldron follows Revolution.
Spirit explains: Revolutions are never an end of problems. War does not cause peace.
But, the most violent…?
If they lose…
So, what is the answer?
Life goes on.
But, surely that is not enough.
What more do you want?
A good life.
What is a good life?
Where people help each other.
People have always helped each other.
But, not everyone. So, what is the answer?
Life goes on.
What inspirational message can come from such a picture of life?
A personal one.
Acceptance of an imperfect world.
Spirit tells me that to tolerate ignorance and other base qualities
In oneself, or in others, is disrespectful of those others and oneself.
It is also counter-productive and slows progress, and so, is also
Disrespectful of our future.
Then how to respond?
Compassion is the answer and is the only way to achieve
Peace of mind. Pity is arrogance pretending to be
If I pity the wretched conditions of others, then I am not
One of them, and, He claims, to be with them and not of them
Spirit tells me that in the dance of Life, specific energies
Blend or they do not. We each send out smoke signals,
Perhaps in the form of peace offerings, to heal a real or
Imagined offense, and to test the direction in which
Our relationship is moving.
Our peace offerings serve a useful purpose, even if
They are rejected. We have tasted the soup of our
Relationship. Is it too cool to enjoy? Is it too hot for
Comfort? Or, is it just right for a pleasurable and
Mutually satisfactory experience?.
Life is a dance, He repeats, so relax and move to the
Music of challenges and situations. And, trust yourself
To intuitively know when to move closer, step aside,
Back away – how to live your life, your way.
Spirit tells me to
Never back up or back away
From those I care for, when
Their truth differs from my own, and
They seem to use anger as an argument
To defend it.
Spirit suggests that I practice
Stepping aside; a martial arts move
That allows one’ opponent
To advance without
This would allow me, He tells me,
To witness their anger from
A safer perspective.
Anger is not an argument, but
Is sometimes used as
An alternative to one.
To step aside, in awareness,
Understanding and compassion,
While remaining at peace
With your own truth, and
Wishing peace of mind,
For the other.