It is a time for taking
a time when darkness has temporarily
enveloped the light. The Creative power is present
in the background, however, and will come forward
in time. Your responsibility in this moment
is to accept restraints quietly and
remain content with
forget that the inferior
elements within yourself, others,
and the time itself may only be restrained
now — not fully removed. Do not be tempted into
any engagement which will serve to unbalance you.
Instead, hold quietly to the center and take
small steps until the Higher Power
has tamed the obstacles
in your way.
enlightenment is not the
end, but the means. Realizing that
virtue is his goal, he accepts the long and
often arduous cultivation that is necessary to
attain it. He doesn’t scheme to become
a leader, but quietly shoulders
fall to him.
aspire to this sort of
mastery, then root yourself in the Tao.
Relinquish your negative habits and attitudes.
Strengthen your sincerity. Live in the real world, and
extend your virtue to it without discrimination in the daily
round. Be the truest father or mother, the truest
brother or sister, the truest friend,
and the truest
goodness in your self,
and goodness will be genuine.
Cultivate it in your family, and goodness
will flourish. Cultivate it in your community, and
goodness will grow and multiply. Cultivate
it in your country, and goodness will be
abundant. Cultivate it in the world,
and goodness will be
do I know
the world works
like this? By
wait with a
proper attitude invites
the assistance of
a situation at hand that
cannot be corrected by force or
external effort. The Creative will provide
the solution to one who waits with a
correct attitude. This is a time
for patience and careful
attention to inner
give in to doubt
and agitation now. You are
not meant to wait in a state of desperate
longing but in one of patient inner strength.
Without certainty in the power of truth, success
is impossible. Attempts to force a change,
rather than allowing it to mature
naturally, will only cause
would be wise
to strengthen and reaffirm
your reliance on the Creative. When
you indulge in fear and doubt, you flood the arena
where the Higher Power is attempting to work.
Your principal responsibility in life
is to keep this arena — your
own consciousness —
free of negative
things as they are and not
making fruitless comparisons to the
situations of others or some imagined ideal,
one engages the power of the Creative.
If one then remains balanced,
modest, and independent,
good fortune will
passion and desire weave
a binding net around you. Worldly
confrontation makes you stiff and inflexible.
The trap of duality is tenacious.
Bound, rigid, and trapped,
you cannot experience
cultivation it is possible to
unravel the net, soften the rigidity,
dismantle the trap. Dissolving your yin energy
into the source of universal life, attracting the yang
energy from that same source, you
leave behind individuality and
your life becomes pure
Free of ego,
living naturally, working
virtuously, you become filled with
inexhaustible vitality and are
liberated forever from the
cycle of death and
this if nothing else:
spiritual freedom and oneness with
the Tao are not randomly bestowed gifts,
but the rewards of conscious
is the root of greatness.
Those in high positions do well
to think of themselves as powerless,
small and unworthy. Isn’t this
taking humility for
without being honored.
Don’t shine like jade,
or chime like
When the mind is at peace,
the world too is at peace.
Nothing real, nothing absent.
Not holding on to reality,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy nor wise,
just an ordinary person who
has completed their work.
signals the beginning of
a deliverance from danger, tensions,
and difficulty. The I Ching instructs
you here on both the cause of
deliverance and how you
must act in order to
is always caused by a change
in our attitude. The Higher Power uses conflicts
and obstacles to teach us lessons that we refuse to learn
in an easier way, but they only darken our doorstep until we have
acknowledged the lesson. So long as we ignore or resist difficulty it remains
our constant companion; as soon as we accept its presence as a sign
that some self-correction is needed, our deliverance begins.
Truly, the only way to dispel trouble and
regain peace of mind is
to change our
The I Ching
also teaches us that we have
several responsibilities once our deliverance begins.
The first is to forgive the misdeeds of others. The image of the hexagram
is that of a powerful rainstorm washing away what is unclean.
This, then, is a time to clean every slate and begin anew,
meeting others halfway with
we are advised to restore
our inner balance and see that it is maintained.
Deliverance offers us a return to equanimity, and we must
avail ourselves of the opportunity conscientiously. Finally, we are
counseled not to try to force progress, even though the time is beneficial.
If we have truly changed our attitude, we have become detached,
innocent, modest, and accepting. In this state we allow
progress to unfold naturally according
to the will of the
great function turns,
entire sky moves.
seek reality you
must set yourself free
of all backgrounds, of all cultures,
of all patterns of thinking and feeling.
Even the idea of being man or woman, or even
human, should be discarded. The ocean of life contains all,
not only humans. So, first of all abandon all self-identification,
stop thinking of yourself as such-and-such, so-and-so, this or that.
Abandon all self-concern, worry not about your welfare,
material or spiritual, abandon every desire, gross
or subtle, stop thinking of achievement of
any kind. You are complete here and
now, you need absolutely
does not mean
that you must be brainless
and foolhardy, improvident or indifferent;
only the basic anxiety for oneself must go. You need
some food, clothing and shelter for you and yours,
but this will not create problems as long
as greed is not taken for a need.
Live in tune with things as
they are and not
as they are
suggests that a deepening
of one’s modesty now is a sure means
of improving the situation. There is no power
so great as modesty for compelling the assistance of the
Sage — nor one so hindering as immodesty. Those in high places who
retain their modesty are loved by all and continually prosper;
those below who cultivate modesty inevitably rise
on the strength of their merits,
without making enemies
what does modesty
mean? Certainly it entails a refusal
to boast or act imperiously with others, even in
small ways. But beyond this steadfast humility it also means
that our effort to discern what is right and then do it is constant;
we do not work against ourselves, and we do not indulge
in doubts about the wisdom of correct conduct.
This unwavering commitment to what
is correct might be called “the
So there is
in modesty a component of
nonaction — that is, not indulging in arrogant,
ego-centered behavior — as well as a component of active effort:
looking for opportunities to correct ourselves, to assist
justice where there is injustice, to feed where
there is hunger, to give solace
where there is
and most plainly,
modesty means holding to innocence,
sincerity, and openness in every situation.
To do this is to empty ourself and
make room for the blessings
of the Creative to
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