Today: Contemplate – from the I Ching

Contemplate.  Within you lie the answers to direction, advance and retreat.  Forget the naive forms that come from the world that always presuppose a viewpoint and offer inherently limited options.  In this paradigm shift, realize a state of grace.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
This is the place of transition. We no longer look outward to receive pictures that are more or less limited and confused, but direct our contemplation upon ourselves in order to find a guideline for our decisions. This self-contemplation means the overcoming of naïve egotism in the person who sees everything solely form his own standpoint. He begins to reflect and in this way acquires objectivity. However, self-knowledge does not mean preoccupation with one’s own thoughts; rather, it means concern about the effects one creates. It is only the effects our lives produce that give us the right to judge whether what we have done means progress or regression.
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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