Today: “Confront yourself to eradicate all remnants of compulsion” – I Ching

Confront yourself to eradicate all remnants of compulsion.  Even when hidden, emotional indulgences bring forth bad behavior and undesirable consequences.  It’s like a pig raging about with his pig nature.  As humans, we can transmute base compulsions into compassionate intentions.  This path leads to great success and wealth.

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

This hexagram indicates a situation in which the principle of darkness, after having been eliminated, furtively and unexpectedly obtrudes again.
If an inferior element has wormed its way in, it must be energetically checked at once. By consistently checking it, bad effects can be avoided. If it is allowed to take its course, misfortune is bound to result; the insignificance of that which creeps in should not be a temptation to underrate it. A pig that is still young and lean cannot rage around much, but after it has eaten its fill and become strong, its true nature comes out if it has not previously been curbed.
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.
The time is favorable – a time of strength within, clarity and culture without. Power is expressing itself in a graceful and controlled way. This brings supreme success and wealth.  

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 35

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