Today: Be as the wanderer who begins at zero – from the I Ching

Be as the wanderer who begins at zero knowing no one and owning nothing.  Practicality demands that you remain upright and steadfast, modest and reserved.  In all your social interactions be in touch with your inner being.  Be real.  This will attract good people who together will participate in helping you increase your influence and amass great power.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching

WHEN A man is a wanderer and stranger, he should not be gruff nor overbearing. He has no large circle of acquaintances, therefore he should not give himself airs. He must be cautious and reserved; in this way he protects himself from evil. If he is obliging toward others, he wins success.
A wanderer has no fixed abode; his home is the road. Therefore he must take care to remain upright and steadfast, so that he sojourns only in the proper places, associating only with good people. Then he has good fortune and can go his way unmolested.
The wanderer here described is modest and reserved. He does not lose touch with his inner being, hence he finds a resting place. In the outside world he does not lose the liking of other people, hence all persons further him, so that he can acquire property. Moreover, he wins the allegiance of a faithful and trustworthy servant – a thing of inestimable value to a wanderer.
The hexagram points to a time when inner worth mounts with great force and comes to power…truly great power which does not degenerate into mere force but remains inwardly united with the fundamental principles of right and of justice. When we understand this point – namely, that greatness and justice must be indissolubly united – we understand the true meaning of all that happens in heaven and on earth.

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Today: “Any talk which is not from the heart…” Yogi Bhajan

“Any talk which is not from the heart will hurt. Any scheme with the head will lead nowhere. Life is a mutual concept. Nobody can do it alone.” Yogi Bhajan
(via Ram Anand)

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Today: “Cheap behavior jeopardizes your happiness” Yogi Bhajan

“Cheap behavior, direct and indirect, jeopardizes your happiness. Jealousy is your own enemy. Blame is your own snag. Nagging is your own misdemeanor. Complaining is your felony. In the court of the Universe. This is the way of the Law.” Yogi Bhajan
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Today: Know your impact, relate with all as family – from the I Ching

Count on nothing for the long term.  We are all just sojourners on this planet.  What is there for us now may not be later, and vice versa.
Everything and everyone changes and evolves.  You are an agent of those changes.  Be aware of your impact and relate with everyone as family.  Take care of yourself.  As you change, so will others.  In the end it is only the scope of the sphere of your acquaintances and influence that determines the size of the family.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching

WHEN A man is a wanderer and stranger, he should not be gruff nor overbearing. He has no large circle of acquaintances, therefore he should not give himself airs. He must be cautious and reserved; in this way he protects himself from evil. If he is obliging toward others, he wins success.
A wanderer has no fixed abode; his home is the road. Therefore he must take care to remain upright and steadfast, so that he sojourns only in the proper places, associating only with good people. Then he has good fortune and can go his way unmolested.
This describes a wanderer who knows how to limit his desires outwardly, though he is inwardly strong and aspiring. Therefore he finds at least a place of shelter in which he can stay. He also succeeds in acquiring property, but even with this he is not secure. He must be always on guard, ready to defend himself with arms. Hence he is not at ease. He is persistently conscious of being a stranger in a strange land.
One in this situation must be keenly aware of his influence on others.
Maintain a healthy respect for the ripple effect of your words and deeds.
To some you serve as a role model.
You can either help shape their world or tilt them into chaos.
Show temperance and consideration to all.
The family is society in embryo; it is the native soil on which performance of moral duty is made easy through natural affection, so that within a small circle a basis of moral practice is created, and this is later widened to include human relationships in general.

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