the i ching ☯️ hexagram 46

cherry blossom tree

 

Activity grounded in truth

brings good fortune.

 

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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neither pursuing nor avoiding

 

Your peace of mind

is disturbed by the pursuit or avoidance

of things, but these things don’t force themselves on you;

in a sense, you force yourself on them. At any rate, if your faculty

of judgment doesn’t trouble itself with them, they too

will remain inert, and evidently you’ll

be neither pursuing nor

avoiding them.

 

Marcus Aurelius

tao te ching ☯️ chapter 67

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Everyone

under heaven says that

my Tao is great, but inconceivable. 

It is its very greatness that makes it inconceivable! 

If it could be conceived of, how small

it would be! 

 

I have three

treasures to hold and protect: 

The first is motherly love. The second

is economy. The third is daring

not to be first in the

world. 

 

With motherly

love one can be courageous. 

With economy one can be expansive. 

With humility one

can lead. 

 

To be

courageous without motherly love, 

To be expansive without practicing economy, 

To go to the front without humility — 

this is courting death. 

 

Venture with

love and you win the

battle. Defend with love and you are

invulnerable. Heaven’s secret is

motherly love. 

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 67

 

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return to the root


 

Work toward 

emptiness and openness. 

Cultivate stillness. Breathe harmony. 

Become tranquility. As the ten

thousand things rise and fall,

rise and fall, just witness

their return to the

root.

 

Everything

that flourishes dissolves

again into the source. To dissolve

back into the source is to find peace. 

To find peace is to recover your true nature. 

To recover your true nature is to know the constancy

of Tao. To know the constancy of Tao is insight. Insight

opens your mind. An open mind leads to an open

heart. Open heartedness leads to justice. 

Justice is an expression of divinity. 

Divinity is oneness with

Tao. 

 

Oneness

with Tao is freedom

from harm, indescribable

pleasure, eternal

life.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 16

 

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the entirety of the oneness is within you


 

The

entirety

of the Oneness is

contained within you.

Don’t believe it?

Go look.

 

The

senses can’t perceive it.

Thought fails to apprehend it.

Approach by sacrificing all knowing

and doing, though, and it 

envelops you.

 

Marry

mind to breath and

look within until all false

concepts and imaginings

come to an end. This

is the center of

the Way.
 

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 63

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