Today: ”We are all students and teachers at varying levels. ” – a reading from the I Ching
We are all students and teachers at varying levels. What level is an internal thing that we must recognize. It comes from how we relate with self and others in the moment.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
The Superior Person refines his character by being thorough in every activity.
The Sage does not recruit students; the students seek him. He asks nothing but a sincere desire to learn. If the student doubts or challenges his authority, the Sage regretfully cuts his losses.
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.