For The Week of July 16, 2018
The I Ching is a book of Chinese wisdom, the accumulated experience of over 2,500 years of diviners and sages, and beyond that of unimaginably ancient oral traditions; it’s a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state. The book of divination is based on eight symbolic trigrams and sixty-four hexagrams.
The oracles have been offering people help and wise, genial guidance for generations. It will tell you what challenges and opportunities you are likely to face if you take a particular path, and how you can negotiate the obstacles you meet. This is the opposite of 'fortune telling'. Being told what will happen, as if your own choices had nothing to do with the outcome, is deeply disempowering. The I Ching tells seekers what effects their choices will have, and helps them to develop strategies to achieve their goals.
One needs to apply wisdom received in this post to upcoming events as they unfold during the coming week.
Duration. Success. No blame.
It furthers one to have somewhere to go.
DURATION is a state whose movement is not worn down by hindrances. It is not a state of rest, for mere standstill is regression. Duration is rather the self-contained and therefore of self-renewing movement of an organized, firmly integrated whole, taking place in accordance with immutable laws and beginning anew at every ending,
Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION.
Thus the superior man stands firm
And does not change his direction.
The independence of the superior man is not based on rigidity and immobility of character. He always keeps abreast of the time and changes with it. What endures is the unswerving directive, the inner law of his being, which determines all his actions.
Six at the beginning means:
Seeking direction too hastily brings misfortune persistently.
Nothing that would further.
Whatever endures can only be created gradually by long continued work and careful reflection. In the same sense Lao=tse says: “If we wish to compress something, we must first let it fully expand.” He who demands too much at once is acting precipitately, and because he attempts too much, he ends up succeeding in nothing.
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