Today: “It is a perilous time to challenge power.  Yet, we must do what we know we must do.” – from the I Ching

It is a perilous time to challenge power.  Yet, we must do what we know we must do.  It is a calling that many will share, forming a new social organism.  There is great strength in this, but no guarantees.

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

#10, line 5, #8

You tread upon the tail of the tiger.  Not perceiving you as a threat, the startled tiger does not bite.  Success.
ou have reached a perilous point in your journey.
This is a real gamble — not a maneuver, not a calculated risk.
The outcome is uncertain.  If it goes as you hope, you will gain — but if it turns against you it will cause serious injury, at least to your plans.  The best tack is extreme caution and a healthy respect for the danger involved.
Though fully aware of the danger that lies on the narrow path ahead, the man is fully commited to move forward.  The future is uncertain.
The Superior Person recognizes the situation calls for joining together.  Thus he cultivates friendly relations with all.  This is a time of connection with another or others — not just an alliance, but a melding of parts into a new whole.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 6

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