For The Week of September 17 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.
Galling limitation must not be persevered in.
To be sparing saves us from humiliation. Limitations are also indispensable in the regulation of world conditions. But in limitation we must observe due measure. If a man should seek to impose galling limitations upon his own nature, it would be injurious. And if he should go too far in imposing limitations on others, they would rebel. Therefore it is necessary to set limits even upon limitations.
Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION.
Thus the superior man
Creates number and measure,
And examines the nature of virtue and correct conduct.
A lake is something limited. Water is inexhaustible. In human life too the individual achieves significance through discrimination and the setting of limits. To become strong, a man’s life needs the limitations ordained by duty and voluntarily accepted.
Nine at the beginning means:
Not going out of the door and courtyard
Is without blame.
Often a man who would like to undertake something finds himself surrounded by insurmountable limitations. Then he must know where to stop. If he rightly understands this and does not go beyond the limits set for him, he accumulates an energy that enables him, when the proper time comes, to act with great force.
Six in the fourth place means:
Contented limitation. Success.
Every limitation has its value. If the limitation is a natural one it necessarily leads to success. The energy that otherwise would be consumed in a vain struggle, is applied wholly to the benefit of the matter at hand and success is assured.
Nine in the fifth place means:
Sweet limitation brings good fortune.
Going brings esteem.
The limitations must be carried out in the right way if it is to be effective. If a man in a leading position applies limitations first to himself, demanding little of those associated with him, and with modest means manages to achieve something, good fortune is the result.
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