learn to do everything lightly

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It’s

dark because

you are trying too hard.

Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do

everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though

you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly

cope with them…throw away your baggage and go forward.

There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your

feet, trying to suck you down into fear and

self-pity and despair. That’s why

you must walk so

lightly.

 

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joy & success can’t be forced or stolen


 

True joy

is experienced by

those who are strong

within and gentle

without.

 
The hexagram Tui teaches us how to come into possession of joy. In our search for success and happiness we are prone to think that we must take aggressive actions to achieve them. The instruction of the I Ching is just the opposite: only those who practice innocence, acceptance, and detachment inherit true joy in this world.
 
We often see around us how forcible effort brings about what appears to be progress. Our egos tempt us to believe that these gains are lasting and valuable, but the truth is otherwise. Whatever is won by the desirous, ambitious, demanding manipulations of the ego will soon be lost. Others can always be temporarily browbeaten into doing things our way, but only hearts won by friendliness and sincere goodwill are true over time.
 
The I Ching teaches us again and again that joy and success cannot be forced or stolen. They are achieved gradually — but steadily — by those who relate correctly to others and to the Higher Power…
 
The image of the hexagram is that of two lakes joined together to keep from drying up. It is an encouragement to us to join with like-minded friends now in the discussion and contemplation of higher things…

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 58, Tui / The Joyous (Lake)

 

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healthy clans center around a superior person

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A healthy

family, a healthy country,

a healthy world — all grow outward

from a single superior

person.

 
The hexagram Chia Jen concerns the proper foundation of human communities. The I Ching teaches that all clans must have a superior person at their center if they are to prosper and succeed. Therefore, in order to improve our family, company, nation, or world community, we must begin by improving ourselves.
 
If you will observe healthy families you will always see present in them three qualities: love, faithfulness, and correctness. When we truly love others, we are naturally kind, gentle, and patient with them. When we are faithful to others, we place proper principles and conduct above temporary influences like anger, desire, or greed. And when we practice correctness, we spiritually nourish ourselves and all those around us. When all three qualities are cultivated, a healthy clan springs naturally into being.
 
The difference between paying lip service to these ideals and practicing them is profound. If you advocate high ideals and actions to others but do not embody them yourself, your influence will disintegrate for lack of a proper foundation. Therefore, in order to inspire superior qualities in others, you must first instill them in yourself.
 
Concentrate not upon influencing others or external events but upon strengthening your inner devotion to proper principles. When modesty, acceptance, equanimity, and gentleness become deeply ingrained in your character, they will flow steadily out from from you.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 37, Chia Jen / The Family (The Clan)

 

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