Today: ”Hear what you are saying from deep within your heart.” – a reading from the I Ching

Hear what you are saying from deep within your heart.  Be very careful not to mislead those who are hearing you in word and action.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching

#57, line 5, #4
Wind follows upon wind, wandering the earth, penetrating gently but persistently: The Superior Person expands his influence by reaffirming his decisions and carrying out his promises.
Small, persistent, focused effort brings success.
Gentle persuasion is the key in this instance.
Though the words are soft, their speaker must be firm, calm and confident.
Gentle words are worthless if spoken with trepidation.  Wordless influence by example is also effective in this situation.  All persuasion should be almost unfelt, yet consistent and persistent.  Ask for feedback from someone you know to be an effective persuader.
This is a time of interchange between a mentor and pupil.
Whether you are the teacher or the student, it is a time of companionship along a mutual path.  This hexagram also emphasizes the eternal, cyclical nature of the mentor/student relationship — a mentor is merely a more seasoned pupil, further along on the journey.  A pupil holds within himself the seed of a future Master.

Meditation: NM0365-20001024-On Communication II

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