proper enthusiasm opens every door

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The I Ching teaches that there are two kinds of enthusiasm: one that leads to misfortune, and one that leads to success. This hexagram comes as a sign that you can proceed with confidence now if your enthusiasm is properly founded.
 
Improper enthusiasm is fueled by the desires of the ego. People often desire recognition, wealth, power, or freedom from difficulty. Such desires can become so great that we will do anything to achieve them. Our energy rises as we wildly pursue our goal, but this unruly and egotistical enthusiasm inevitably leads us into incorrect and imbalanced behavior and into misfortune.
 
Proper enthusiasm, on the other hand, is fueled by a devotion to attaining and expressing inner balance and inner truth. When your aim is not to influence others or to satisfy your ego but to follow the guidance of the Higher Power in all that you do, you acquire another kind of energy: a balanced and bottomless eagerness for living in step with what is right and good. In this there is true power and true grace.
 
This hexagram reminds you that striving out of your ego now will only push you further away from your goals. Seek instead to follow proper principles: keep to what is innocent, correct, and kind, and the Creative will come to your aid. The path of truth is always the path of least resistance.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 16, Yu / Enthusiasm

 

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On

the day of

his enlightenment,

in front of the lecture hall,

Tokusan burned to ashes his commentaries on

the sutras. He said: “However abstruse the teachings are

in comparison with this enlightenment they are like a single hair to

the great sky. However profound the complicated knowledge

of the world, compared to this enlightenment it is

like one drop of water to the great

ocean.” Then he left the

monastery.

 

The Gateless Gate

 

those who talk don’t know

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Those

who know

don’t talk. Those

who talk don’t

know.

 

Close

your mouth.

Block the door.

Quiet your senses.

Blunt the sharpness.

Untie the tangles. Soften

the brightness. Be at one

with the dust, and

enter the primal

oneness.

 

One

who has

merged with

Tao in this way can’t be

courted, can’t be bought, can’t

be harmed, can’t be honored,

can’t be humiliated. She

is the treasure of

the world.

 

The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 56


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Abandonment of

self is freedom from desire.

Freedom from desire is freedom

from distress. No this, no

that — just exquisite

emptiness.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 31

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don’t have a single thought about what is lacking

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When

it’s time to get

dressed, put your clothes

on. When you must walk, then walk.

When you must sit, then sit. Don’t have a single

thought in your mind about seeking buddhahood. What

dharma do you say must be realized, and what tao

cultivated? What do you lack in the way you

are functioning right now? What 

will you add to where

you are?

 

Lin Chi