Today: “Those in control must be summarily removed from office” – from the I Ching

Those in control must be summarily removed from office.  Negotiation and subtle influence are ineffective.  There is no coming to terms.  To accomplish this, have a plan and be sure you do not come up short.  Massive dissent for the appalling situation is on your side.

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#49, Line 2, #48

Fire ignites within the Lake, defying conditions that would deny it birth or survival:  The Superior Person reads the Signs of the Times and makes the Season apparent to all.
The support you need will come only after the deed is done.  Renewed forces, however, will provide fresh energy for exceptional progress.  Persevere.
All differences vanish.
A revolutionary Change must be made forcibly.  There is no negotiating with the Established Order.  Perfect timing is essential.
Let the abuse of power become apparent and oppressive to those around you before making your move.  Lay the groundwork, sow the seeds for Revolution without tipping your hand prematurely.
You will need a strong foundation, because you will have to bring about this necessary change alone.  You cannot count on popular support, so you must wait until there is massive dissent.
Then the avenue for your assault will be cleared.
When the time is ripe, you will be the instrument of change.  Plant the seeds of revolution now, and success is assured.
When we have tried in every way to bring about reforms, but without success, revolution becomes necessary. But such a thoroughgoing upheaval must be carefully prepared. There must be available a man who has the requisite abilities and who possesses public confidence. To such a man we may well turn. This brings good fortune and is not a mistake. The first thing to be considered is our inner attitude toward the new condition that will inevitably come. We have to go out to meet it, as it were. Only in this way can it be prepared for.
Deep Waters Penetrated and drawn to the surface: The Superior Person refreshes the people with constant encouragement to help one another.
Encampments, settlements, walled cities, whole empires may rise and fall, yet the Well at the center endures, never drying to dust, never overflowing.
It served those before and will serve those after.  Again and again you may draw from the Well, but if the bucket breaks or the rope is too short there will be misfortune.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 76

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Today: “Do not be too ambitious.  Shrink the scope of your interactions.” – from the I Ching

Do not be too ambitious.  Shrink the scope of your interactions.  Become intimate with the self.  You will attract others who will gladly join you on your path.
It is a time for understanding the structure of everything.  Bring the self in harmony with it.  Be beautiful.

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#41, Line 3, #22

To be frugal and content is to possess immeasurable wealth within.
Nothing of value could be refused such a person.
Make a portion of each meal a share of your offering.
This is an occasion for downsizing to fighting trim.  Simplicity and economy are strong defenses against the slings and arrows of Outrageous Fortune.
Whether this is a time of want or a time of plenty, it is an auspicious time to shed a dependency.
When there are three people together, jealousy arises. One of them will have to go. A very close bond is possible only between two people. But when one man is lonely, he is certain to find a companion who complements him.
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.
Grace brings success. However, it is not the essential or fundamental thing; it is only the ornament and must therefore be used sparingly and only in little things.
In human affairs, aesthetic form comes into being when traditions exist that, strong and abiding like mountains, are made pleasing by a lucid beauty. By contemplating the forms existing in the heavens we come to understand time and its changing demands. Through contemplation of the forms existing in human society it becomes possible to shape the world.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 74

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Today: “Be aware of your influence on others and the impact of your words and deeds” – from the I Ching

Be aware of your influence on others and the impact of your words and deeds. Be a role model with a radiance that serves to build and strengthen, rather than producing chaos.  This radiance will cause such an alchemical transformation of circumstances that the changes will seem magical, miraculous.  Yet they are only shifts of perspective and attitude that bring clarity.

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#37, Line 4, #30

Be as faithful as a good wife.
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.
She is the jewel of the home, the family’s greatest blessing.
It is upon the woman of the house that the well-being of the family depends. Well-being prevails when expenditures and income are soundly balanced. This leads to great good fortune. In the sphere of public life, this line refers to the faithful steward whose measures further the general welfare.
With so searing a flame, success will not be denied you.
Take care to be as peaceful and nurturing as the cow in the meadow; you are strong enough to be gentle.
A Promethean flame is delivering light and heat to the situation at hand.
This radiance will cause such an alchemical transformation of circumstances that the changes will seem magical, miraculous.
Yet they are only shifts of perspective and attitude that bring clarity.
The passions kindled by this fire must be harnessed and used judiciously, or they threaten to consume your hopes and dreams.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 74

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Today: “There is nothing more that we can do to affect the situation” – from the I Ching

There is nothing more that we can do to affect the situation.  Only wait.  What has been set in motion must play out to completion.

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#5, Line 6, #9

Deep Waters in the Heavens:  Thunderclouds approaching from the West, but no rain yet.  The Superior Person nourishes himself and remains of good cheer to condition himself for the moment of truth.
Great Success if you sincerely keep to your course.  You may cross to the far shore.
You must now endure this Dangling — either a carrot before your nose, or a sword above your head.  This strange mix of apprehension and anticipation is a Purgatory.  There is nothing more you can do to affect the outcome.
You must now submit to the Fates.
No matter what you do, the fruit of your labors never seems to ripen.
Your reward remains just out of reach.  Men have gone mad from such anticipation.  Don’t lose your balance lunging for the brass ring.
While the Fates continue to restrain you, go them one better and display a self-generated restraint and grace.  Look for the humor in the situation.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 73

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