Today: “Keep your grace and good manners.  Attend to the matters at hand.” – From the I Ching

Keep your grace and good manners.  Attend to the matters at hand.  People will see you and be nourished by what they see.

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#2, line 3, #27

The Superior Person realizes he has not the wisdom to move the course of the world, except by attending to each day’s affairs as they come.  Success in small matters.  This is a good time to begin something.
The environment around you is not one of depth, and you are appreciated now for your image, not your essence.  You perfectly fill a role, and no one is seeing the genuine you.   Still, you are being listened to and watched.  Use this influence to further your goals as much as possible.  Even if you don’t feel understood, you can perhaps connect with a few isolated hearts.  Relax and enjoy the attention.
This represents a very charming life situation. One is under the spell of grace and the mellow mood induced by wine. This grace can adorn, but it can also swamp us. Hence the warning not to sink into convivial indolence but to remain constant in perseverance. Good fortune depends on this.
You are a conduit in this instance, able to provide the sustenance needed by others.  Position yourself to nourish the truly needy and worthy.
Avoid situations where you might be coerced into supporting the parasites and vermin who deprive your true charges.  Your own nourishment is an issue here, too.

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Today: “Why do I go to India? Do you know why we go ? To clean the same perkarma, the same floors. ” – Yogi Bhajan

“Why do I go to India? Do you know why we go ? To clean the same perkarma, the same floors. We don’t do anything else there. Nothing. We just take the rags and wipe the floors. One, two days, we go in the morning when the doors open, we sit there, listen to the music. That’s all we do. People say, “What is this?” It costs about three thousand dollars. “What are we doing here?” I said, “We are doing great. We are thieves. We are very qualified thieves. We have come to steal the dust of the feet of the one who is one with the One. And if one has walked, and our rag can touch that place, it’s all done. We’ve had it. One touch, nothing much, just one touch.” Yogi Bhajan

 

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Today: “Use gentle persuasion in troubled times.  Send your message subtly on the wings of consciousness. ” – From the I Ching

Use gentle persuasion in troubled times.  Send your message subtly on the wings of consciousness.  If you fight the darkness on its own terms, it wins.   Find an opening, then slowly penetrate.

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#57, line 6, #36

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.
A man’s understanding is sufficiently penetrating. He follows up injurious influences into the most secret corners. But he no longer has the strength to combat them decisively. In this case any attempt to penetrate into the personal domain of darkness would only bring harm.
You are progressing, rising inch-by-inch toward certain success.  What makes this assured is your refusal to tilt headlong toward your goal, slamming into obstacles and going mad with frustration.  You have a clear map before you of the steps necessary to reach your objective.  With faithful patience and a careful conservation of personal energy and resources, you will run this long, slow distance.

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Today: “So, if you come for study, remember, don’t try to become a great master or a great teacher—become a royal being.” – Yogi Bhajan

“So, if you come for study, remember, don’t try to become a great master or a great teacher—become a royal being. Just become a royal being, and then you’ll become a real being. If your personality, your identity, and your mental self do not represent royalty, you will never know the reality.” Yogi Bhajan

 

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