”Q: Is this the moment when everything changes? A:We must be completely resolved and persevering in breaking and disciplining the devil’s forces.” – a reading from the I Ching

Q: Is this the moment when everything changes?
A:  We must be completely resolved and persevering in breaking and disciplining the devil’s forces.  It is no easy task.  With modesty and adaptability rather than hatred and violence, which are the devil’s tools, we will advance toward certain success.  “Now is the time to lay the foundations of power and mastery for the future”.

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

#64, line 4, #46

The conditions are difficult. The task is great and full of responsibility. It is nothing less than that of leading the world out of confusion back to order. But it is a task that promises success, because there is a goal that can unite the forces now tending in different directions. At first, however, one must move warily, like an old fox walking over ice. The caution of a fox walking over ice is proverbial in China. His ears are constantly alert to the cracking of the ice, as he carefully and circumspectly searches out the safest spots. A young fox who as yet has not acquired this caution goes ahead boldly, and it may happen that he falls in and gets his tail wet when he is almost across the water. Then of course his effort has been all in vain. Accordingly, in times “before completion,” deliberation and caution are the prerequisites of success.
Now it is the time of struggle. The transition must be completed. We must make ourselves strong in resolution; this brings good fortune. All misgivings that might arise in such grave times of struggle must be silenced. It is a question of a fierce battle to break and to discipline the Devil’s Country, the forces of decadence. But the struggle also has its reward. Now is the time to lay the foundations of power and mastery for the future.
The pushing upward of the good elements encounters no obstruction and is therefore accompanied by great success. The pushing upward is made possible not by violence but by modesty and adaptability. Since the individual is borne along by the propitiousness of the time, he advances. He must go to see authoritative people. He need not be afraid to do this, because success is assured. But he must set to work, for activity (this is the meaning of “the south”) brings good fortune.

Meditation: TCH20 02 960722 – Increase the Power of the Infinite Within

 

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