Today: “It is a perilous time to challenge power.  Yet, we must do what we know we must do.” – from the I Ching

It is a perilous time to challenge power.  Yet, we must do what we know we must do.  It is a calling that many will share, forming a new social organism.  There is great strength in this, but no guarantees.

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#10, line 5, #8

You tread upon the tail of the tiger.  Not perceiving you as a threat, the startled tiger does not bite.  Success.
ou have reached a perilous point in your journey.
This is a real gamble — not a maneuver, not a calculated risk.
The outcome is uncertain.  If it goes as you hope, you will gain — but if it turns against you it will cause serious injury, at least to your plans.  The best tack is extreme caution and a healthy respect for the danger involved.
Though fully aware of the danger that lies on the narrow path ahead, the man is fully commited to move forward.  The future is uncertain.
The Superior Person recognizes the situation calls for joining together.  Thus he cultivates friendly relations with all.  This is a time of connection with another or others — not just an alliance, but a melding of parts into a new whole.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 6

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 6 – The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty yet inexhaustible, it gives birth to infinite worlds.

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The Tao is called the Great Mother:
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.

It is always present within you.
You can use it any way you want.
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Today: “You must develop the mind, through meditation” – Yogi Bhajan

“You must develop the mind, through meditation, to give you the positive of the negative and the negative of the positive so that by your own grace and consciousness you can find the neutral of it. In this way you can reach to the subtle, refined, and spiritual dimensions of your life and your relationships.” Yogi Bhajan

 

 

 

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Today: “It is best to hold steady and not try to advance in any direction” – from the I Ching

When encountering obstacles, at this time it is best to hold steady and not try to advance in any direction.  Wait for a balance to begin to manifest with respect to the obstruction.  In time, that will happen, then you can proceed and take action.

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#35, line 1. #63

When meeting an impasse, the Superior Person turns his gaze within, and views the obstacle from a new perspective.
Offer your opponent nothing to resist.  Let a sage guide you in this.  Good fortune lies along this course.
When one encounters an obstruction, the important thing is to reflect on how best to deal with it. When threatened with danger, one should not strive blindly to go ahead, for this only leads to complications. The correct thing is, on the contrary, to retreat for the time being, not in order to give up the struggle but to await the right moment for action.
The transition from the old to the new time is already accomplished. In principle, everything stands systematised, and it is only in regard to details that success is still to be achieved. In respect to this, however, we must be careful to maintain the right attitude. Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil. Symptoms of decay are bound to be the result. Here we have the rule indicating the usual course of history. But this rule is not an inescapable law. He who understands it is in position to avoid its effects by dint of unremitting perseverance and caution.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 5

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