Today: “The bad guys have nearly replaced all the good guys.  Misfortune has reached its peak.” – I Ching

The bad guys have nearly replaced all the good guys.  Misfortune has reached its peak.  Hold fast and allow the house of cards to come tumbling down.  Gratitude will flow to those who have helped with the transition to a more positive time.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
This pictures a time when inferior people are pushing forward and are about to crowd out the few remaining strong and superior men. Under these circumstances, which are due to the time, it is not favorable for the superior man to undertake anything.
The right behavior in such adverse times is to be deduced from the images and their attributes. The lower trigram stands for the earth, whose attributes are docility and devotion. The upper trigram stands for the mountain, whose attribute is stillness. This suggests that one should submit to the bad time and remain quiet. For it is a question not of man’s doing but of time conditions, which, according to the laws of heaven, show an alternation of increase and decrease, fullness and emptiness. It is impossible to counteract these conditions of the time. Hence it is not cowardice but wisdom to submit and avoid action.
Here the disaster affects not only the resting place but even the occupant. No warning or other comment is added. Misfortune has reached its peak: it can no longer be warded off.
The hexagram represents the sun rising over the earth. It is therefore the symbol of rapid, easy progress, which at the same time means ever widening expansion and clarity.
This is a time of reward for good works.  Those you have helped want to show their gratitude.  Benefits come both from on high and from the humble you uplifted.
Accept all gifts graciously, though the reward may not be what you truly need or hoped for.  Some may bestow more than they can afford to give, but you must realize that they need to feel that they have repaid you.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 61

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 61 – When a country obtains great power

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When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:
all streams run downward into it.
The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.
Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.
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Today: “Have faith in your own self because you are a self” – Yogi Bhajan

“Have faith in your own self because you are a self. Nothing is beyond self, nothing was beyond the self, nothing shall be beyond the self, because you are a self in the beginning and a self in the end; therefore, once you realize the self you will be a realized self, then everything will realize you.” Yogi Bhajan

 

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