a highly evolved individual integrates yin & yang

prince slinky
 

The first

integration of yin and yang

is the union of seed and egg within the womb.

The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual union

of the mature male and female. Both of these are

concerned with flesh and blood, and all

that is conceived in this realm must

one day disintegrate

and pass

away.

 

It is only

the third integration

which gives birth to something immortal.

In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins

the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the light of spiritual

understanding. Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines his

gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and light. This divine

light has the capability of penetrating into the mighty

ocean of spiritual energy and complete

wisdom that is

the Tao.

 

The new life

created by the final integration

is self-aware yet without ego, capable of

inhabiting  a body yet not attached to it, and guided

by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole

and virtuous, it can

never die.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 66

 

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the spirit is attracted to humility

redwood tree
 

 
Rumi

advised me to keep my spirit

up in the branches of a tree and not

peek out too far, so I keep mine in the very tall

willows along the irrigation ditch out back,

a safe place to remain unspoiled by

the filthy culture of greed

and murder of the

spirit.

 

People

forget their spirits

easily suffocate so they must

keep them far up in tree branches where

they can be summoned any moment. It’s better

if you’re outside as it’s hard for spirits to get into houses

or buildings or airplanes. In New York City I used to reach

my spirit in front of the gorilla cage in the children’s zoo

in Central Park. It wouldn’t come in the Carlyle Hotel,

which was too expensive for its taste. In Chicago

it won’t come in the Drake, though I can see it

out the window, hovering over the surface

of Lake Michigan. The spirit above

anything  else is attracted

to humility. If I slept in

the streets it would

be under the

cardboard

with

me.

 

Jim Harrison

 

activity grounded in truth brings good fortune

cherry blossom tree
 

It is

a time when

great progress can be made

through effort of will. However, it is essential

that all your activity be characterized by humility,

conscientiousness, and adaptability. Progress

as a tree does, bending around obstacles

rather than confronting them,

pushing upward steadily

but gently.

 

There

is nothing to be feared

from others now. Be neither subservient

nor forceful with those you encounter; simply meet

everyone with tolerance and gentle goodwill.

Those who look for the good

in others find it

there.

 

If fears

or doubts intrude,

remain quietly focused on

the activity at hand. Cultivate inner

independence and trust the leadership of

the Sage. The time is ripe for progress

if you put forth an effort that is

innocent, sincere, and

balanced.

 

The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 46, Sheng / Pushing Upward

 

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be done with knowing

olinda maui march 27 2016
 

Be done

with knowing and

your worries will disappear.

How much difference is there between

yes and no? How much distinction between

good and evil? Fearing what others fear,

admiring what they admire —

nonsense.

 

Conventional

people are jolly and reckless,

feasting on worldly things and carrying on

as though every day were the beginning of spring.

I alone remain uncommitted, like an infant

who hasn’t yet smiled: lost, quietly

drifting, unattached to ideas

and places and

things.

 

Conventional

people hoard more than

they need, but I possess nothing

at all, know nothing at all,

understand nothing

at all.

 

They

are sharp; I am dull.

Like the sea, I am calm and

indifferent. Like the wind I

have no particular

direction.

 

Everyone

else takes his place and

does his job; I alone remain wild

and natural and free. I am different

from the others; I drink

directly from the

Mother.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 20


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carpe diem

jim harirson dog river

 

…We

drove her aqua

Ford convertible into the country

with a sack of red apples. It was a perfect day

with her sun-brown legs and we threw ourselves into

the future together seizing the day. Fifty years later we hold each

other looking out the windows at birds, making dinner, a life

to live day after day, a life of dogs and children and the

far wide country out by rivers, rumpled by

mountains. So far the days keep

coming. Seize the day gently

as if you loved

her.

 

Jim Harrison