Spirit reads I Ching 53 – Gradual Progress.
Gradual Progress develops from Mountain (53) and moves toward
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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.