crossroads : exhaustion

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An

unavoidable time of adversity.

 Quiet strength insures a

later success.

 

It is a time

of oppression and exhaustion.

None of us escapes such moments; they are simply

a part of living. By meeting them in the correct spirit and

cheerfully bending instead of breaking, you weather

the adversity and meet with success

at a later time.

 

Inferior elements,

either in one’s self, another,

or the larger world, interfere now to

restrain the superior person. It is foolish to fight

against the restraint; success is simply not possible now.

Rid yourself of the desire to progress and return

to neutrality and acceptance. The stubborn

pursuit of results will bring

misfortune.

 

With others,

quietness and equanimity are

the watchwords of the moment. Say little,

and say it gently. A similar reticence and gentleness

should be applied to yourself. Do not lapse into

impatience or mistrust of the Deity. Accept

that the Creative often works in a way

that we cannot see or

understand.

 

A feeling of

despair or depression is a sign

that you are holding a false belief.

To perpetuate an untruth about yourself,

another, or the Sage is to block your own

happiness. Root out and remove any

idea or attitude which

causes negative

feelings.

 

By opening

your mind, quieting your heart,

and calmly holding to proper principles,

you make it possible for the Creative

to eliminate the oppression

that currently

exists.

 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 47, K’un / Oppression (Exhaustion)

 

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how we perfect the Way

 

Forget all ideas 

of accomplishing something — 

in your practice and everywhere 

else. Everything is already 

accomplished. 

 

If this sounds 

like a tricky idea to you, 

the flaw is in your understanding 

of reality, not in reality 

itself.

 

Allowing nature 

to manifest is the way 

of the Way. By setting aside 

our ambitions and leaving

the Way to the Way, 

we perfect the

Way.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 43

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remain in the center

 

Knowing

others is intelligence; 

knowing the self is enlightenment. 

Conquering others is power; conquering

the self is strength. Know what is enough, and

you’ll be rich. Persevere, and you’ll develop

a will. Remain in the center, and you’ll

always be at home. Die without

dying, and you’ll endure

forever.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 33


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