Today: Dispense blessings to the world – from the I Ching

In a time of decrease and decay you can be one who helps reverse the tendency by dispensing blessings to the world. You can become the example that catches on and causes a return to generosity and shared prosperity, which will come in its own time.

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

The lake at the foot of the mountain evaporates. In this way it decreases to the benefit of the mountain, which is enriched by its moisture. The mountain stands as the symbol of a stubborn strength that can harden into anger. The lake is the symbol of unchecked gaiety that can develop into passionate drives at the expense of the life forces. Therefore decrease is necessary; anger must be decreased by keeping still, the instincts must be curbed by restriction. By this decrease of the lower powers of the psyche, the higher aspects of the soul are enriched.
There are people who dispense blessings to the whole world. Every increase in power that comes to them benefits the whole of mankind and therefore does not bring decrease to others. Through perseverance and zealous work a man wins success and finds helpers as they are needed. But what he accomplishes is not a limited private advantage; it is a public good and available to everyone.
After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force.
The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.

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