hexagram 42 ☯️ I (increase)

 

Powerful improvements

are underway.

 

The coming of the hexagram I signifies a period of increase when the power of heaven descends to surround and invigorate our lives. Like all phases, this too will come to an end, but if “we make hay while the sun shines,” tremendous progress can be made at this time.

It is in the nature of human beings to relax and become careless when things begin to go well. The I Ching teaches us that we should not do this if we desire the fullest blessings of the beneficial hour. Indeed, our rewards are multiplied if we increase our conscientiousness in auspicious times, rather than decrease it. There are two ways in which the I Ching especially encourages us to do this.

Our first task is to make sacrifices for others. In all of your interactions now, embody generosity in thought and action. Forgive what is inferior in others and seek out the good. By giving, encouraging, and assisting, you will draw the superior person in everyone into devoted action.

Your second task in this time of increase is to go on strengthening yourself “as thunder and wind strengthen each other.” This means that if you see something good in another, you imitate it, and when you discover something inferior in yourself, you eliminate it.

These simple practices, if continued conscientiously over time, will improve your character and fortunes immeasurably. Through service and self-improvement you assure yourself of great progress in the days ahead.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 42, I / Increase

 

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in the practice of the way, nothing is forced

bao pham

 

In the

practice of the Way,

nothing is forced. Remaining

at home in quiet concentration,

you merge the outside

and inside into

one.

 

At peace

with everything,

unlearned, unworried,

untouched by phenomena,

you enter into reality

as an ordinary

person.

 

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we are saved only by love

 

The world is

violent and mercurial —

it will have its way with you.

We are saved only by love — love for

each other and the love that we pour into the art

we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer;

being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually

burning building, and what we must

save from it, all the time,

is love.

 

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the way is a path for one


 

If you wish 

to enjoy the fruits 

of enlightenment, abandon 

regard for the conventional and 

the communal. The Way is a path 

for one. Then it narrows 

until there’s not even 

space for you 

anymore.

 

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tao te ching ☯️ chapter 53

 

Because

I have a little wisdom,

I choose to walk the great path of

Tao, fearing nothing but to stray from

it. The great way is very smooth

and easy, but some people

are fond of getting

sidetracked.

 

When a ruler’s

palace is full of treasure,

the people’s fields are weedy

and their granaries are empty.

If the ruler wears fancy clothes and

his house is full of weapons, if his table

is laden with extravagant food and drink

and everywhere one looks he has more

wealth than he can use, the ruler

is a robber and thief. This

is not in keeping

with Tao.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 53

 

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