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?
I Ching 18 – Degeneration, follows Following in the order of
Life experiences represented by the hexagrams.
Spirit explains: Degeneration suggests loss of quality or value,
Whether due to neglect, obsolescence, change in fashion, or
Whatever. Society seems almost eager to discard what is not
Shiny and new.
Following expresses faithfulness to traditional lifestyles. This
Preservation of past traditions can create difficulties in
Adjusting to change.
How do we blend progress and tradition? Or, must we choose?
There can be no future without a past. When a branch becomes
Disconnected from its tree then it must be rooted or grafted
Onto another tree that has its roots firmly planted in the earth.
To completely disconnect from our past, if it was possible,
Would endanger our future. The past is the foundation of the
Present and the present is the foundation of the future. Today
Could not exist without yesterday. It’s as simple as that.
Today’s I Ching is 60 – Discipline
Water over Lake.. Discipline follows Dispersal.
Spirit explains: When a river flows into a lake then water overflows
Onto surrounding land, unless it is restricted from doing so.
Dispersal suggests an unorganized scattering, such as seeds or
Dry leaves by a wind.
There is no free will choice, no sense of freedom involved when
We have no self-control concerning where we are going with our life.
Self-discipline determines what we will do with our potential; how
It will be directed. Without self-control, we risk being controlled by others.
How to have it both ways? I need to be free and still be a contributing part of
A community. I need to think for myself and still learn from You and others.
Yes, we need both.
Then how do we work both sides of the street?
We compromise; we find an acceptable middle ground between extremes
Of individualism and group control. But we must always be aware of
The price we choose to pay, or we risk losing choosing.
Spirit tells me that Life is a story that writes itself.
Today is not separate from yesterday in any real
Sense. Today emerged from yesterday and will
Transform itself into tomorrow as part of a
Continuous progression of situations and events
Designed to serve Life’s purpose.
To expand our awareness, both individually and
Our awareness of what?
Our awareness of our own awareness.