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.
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.
Spirit tells me that
Today is not separate from
Yesterday in any real sense.
Today emerges from yesterday
and both are part of a
continuum, a continuum of
events and situations.
The scene changes. The
plot thickens, or weakens, but
There is no end, or
Beginning. The only constant
Spirit tells me that
We are, He and I,
As the two sides of one coin,
With the only difference being
That my side is heavier, so that,
With any given toss, or dispute,
The chances of my winning over
His ideas are slimmer than slim.
But, He tells me, I should never
Not challenge Him, but just try
To put less wasted energy
Into the process.
Believe what I must, but only
As long as I must, and then
Let go without regret, for
The possibly lifetimes of energy
That I have poured into
Release it gently, He tells me,
And live today’s truth, that may,
Tomorrow, also be,