Awareness of Reality is Progress

Spirit reads I Ching 53 – Gradual Progress.

 

Gradual Progress develops from Mountain (53) and moves toward

Marrying (54).

 

Spirit explains:  Mountains can seem to be as barriers, challenges,

Or as just part of the environment. They can be as beauty, in the eye

Of the beholder, and a pleasure to climb, or as an obstruction

To ignore, if possible.

 

How we see anything or anyone determines, or at least influences,

To some extent, our relationship with it or with them.

 

Awareness of this reality is progress along the way of enlightenment.

 

Where does Marrying fit into this picture?

 

We commit ourselves to Life, or we do not. It’s as simple as that.

 

If that is simple.

 

Yes.

 

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We can pretend not to see.

Today’s I Ching – 36 – Damage to Illumination.

 

Spirit explains the Universal Law of Change, which, He claims, is

Connected to but separate from, other Universal Laws, such as Karma.

 

We have no power to prevent change, for we are part of all that is changing.

We co-create, with all life, not what changes but how it and we change.

 

Damage to Illumination expresses this Universal reality, but we can

Pretend  Not to see or accept even what we cannot honestly deny.

 

Why would we pretend?

 

Perhaps for fear of being required to accept responsibility for

An undeniable truth.

 

Such as?

 

That we each are part of what is, and we play a role in how

It will develop. Did we Advance (35) too quickly, or too slowly

To see how it would affect our Family (37)?….

 

How can we ever know?

 

What?

 

Anything.

 

Experience.

 

 

 

Relationships as learning experiences

Spirit tells me that every relationship is a learning experience

In which each participant is both teaching and learning from

The relationship itself and from every participant, inclding

Oneself.

 

Deep or shallow? How far do we dare to go? To see deeply

Is to go deeply into the possible motives and intentions of

The other, or others, and to consider whether they are

Different from or similar to our own.

 

How far will each relationship take us if we allow, or invite it?

How will we change and how will the other, or others change?

And is it worth the effort, or risk?

 

All relationships either stimulate or drain our energy,

As well as affecting other resources, precious or otherwise.

 

Teacher, has our relationship been a learning experience for you?

 

Yes, it has taught me patience.

 

 

 

Not all apples are alike

Spirit tells me that I must learn to judge people as I would

Fruit at a market. Not all apples are alike.

 

So it is with people. We do not choose produce according

To how we would like it to be, but by how it seems to be,

Now. Quality is more or less self-evident.

 

We may be more or less than we once were, and we may

Become more or less than what we now are, in whatever

Aspect of our being.

 

But, for now we are as we are, or seem to be. So it is

With everyone.

 

Those who have eyes to see are, at least to some extent,

Responsible for what they see, and, for how they respond

To what they see. It’s as simple as that.