Today: Command yourself to remember the ways in which you are strong – from the I Ching

Besieged by the pressures of adversity, keep heart.  Command yourself to remember the ways in which you are strong and act in alignment with them.  In perseverance you will succeed in breaking the opposition and exiling them.  Then you are surrounded by friends.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
Times of adversity are the reverse of times of success, but they can lead to success if they befall the right man. When a strong man meets with adversity, he remains cheerful despite all danger, and this cheerfulness is the source of later successes; it is that stability which is stronger than fate. He who lets his spirit be broken by exhaustion certainly has no success. But if adversity only bends a man, it creates in him a power to react that is bound in time to manifest itself. No inferior man is capable of this. Only the great man brings about good fortune and remains blameless. It is true that for the time being outward influence is denied him, because his words have no effect. Therefore in times of adversity it is important to be strong within and sparing of words.
This shows a man who is restless and indecisive in times of adversity. At first he wants to push ahead, then he encounters obstructions that, it is true, mean oppression only when recklessly dealt with. He butts his head against a wall and in consequence feels himself oppressed by the wall. Then he leans on things that have in themselves no stability and that are merely a hazard for him who leans on them. Thereupon he turns back irresolutely and retires into his house, only to find, as a fresh disappointment, that his wife is not there. Kongfu (Confucius) says about this line:
If a man permits himself to be oppressed by something that ought not to oppress him, his name will certainly be disgraced. If he leans on things upon which one cannot lean, his life will certainly be endangered. For him who is in disgrace and danger, the hour of death draws near; how can he then still see his wife?
This hexagram signifies on the one hand a break-through after a long accumulation of tension, as a swollen river breaks through its dikes, or in the manner of a cloudburst. On the other hand, applied to human conditions, it refers to the time when inferior people gradually begin to disappear. Their influence is on the wane; as a result of resolute action, a change in conditions occurs, a break-through.

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Meditation: LA742 921201 Fear 1, original fear

LA742 921201 Fear 01 The original fear:
to face  the void within yourself

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11 minutes: Each breath must last 20 seconds and be in 3 phases: inhale in 5 seconds, hold it for 10 and exhale in 5. 3 breaths per minute for 11 minutes equals 33 breaths total.Easy pose, eyes closed. Your right hand is on your right knee with the palm facing up, thumb and index finger are held together but separate from the other three fingers which are together. Your left hand makes a fist on your chest with the thumb vigorously pointing up.Inhale 5 seconds, hold it for 10 seconds, and exhale in 5 seconds. Do this 33 times.To conclude: make a fist with your right hand too, place it over your heart; like your left hand its thumb should be facing up vigorously. Inhale, hold it, and raise your arms so as to touch the sky with the thumbs straight up. Do it calmly eight times. (Stretch up with vigor, this restabilizes your lungs.), exhale

The cycle of raising your arms 8 times — must be repeated it five times.

This exercise adjusts the electrolytes, which you need because in the next 20 years the emptiness within yourself will increase progressively, and in these 20 years there’s nothing that will save you, nor philosophy nor religion… anything. You’ll have to do with your emotions alone and you’ll have to deal with them how to justify them. Things will not be like you think they are, and relationships will not be the way you expected. You won’t be able to give like you think you can give, and you won’t be able to have like you can have; but you cannot do anything about it, because this is the way Nature works now.

Exercise II: 6 minutes.Sit in easy pose, eyes open, arms at the level of your shoulders. As for your hands, the index finger is outside while the thumb holds down the other three fingers. Your index fingers move in a circle on the line of your shoulders from the inside to the outside and viceversa in 4 beats. Inhale while tracing small circles clockwise and exhale bringing them next to abdomen anti-clockwise. Fast, faster; faster you do, it better it works. This class hurts very much, but it will cure the nervous system. To conclude: inhale, squeeze your entire body against your back, and exhale (3 times).


Exercise III 8 minutes: Dance (PUNJABI DRUM MUSIC) with your shoulders; your arms and thorax held high; in this way the glands protect your heart from strain.

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Today: “Project from the point of view of your consciousness” Yogi Bhajan

“Every normal person thinks, imagines, and projects through the mind. You ultimately identify with your mind and become dependent on the mind. The reality is that you should not depend on your mind. Instead, you should project from the point of view of your consciousness.” Yogi Bhajan
(via Ram Anand)

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Today: Be simple and unassuming – from the I Ching

Being as a wanderer, a tenant in the world, allowing everything to come to you and then depart in its time, and staying in touch with your inner being, you will attract the support of others and ultimately, great wealth.  Be simple and unassuming.  Empty yourself and the universe will serve you.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth – Jesus

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

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 sun in heaven above, shedding light over everything on earth, is the image of possession on a grand scale. But a possession of this sort must be administered properly. The sun brings both evil and good into the light of day. Man must combat and curb the evil, and must favor and promote the good. Only in this way does he fulfil the benevolent will of God, who desires only good and not evil.

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