Today: “Revolt.  Secure your victory.  Then retreat.” – I Ching

Revolt.  Secure your victory.  Then retreat.

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

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.
You dodge the snares and snatch victory with the lightning speed and agility of a panther.  The jackals lose their nerve and swear allegiance to you.  You have won your revolt.  Don’t seek to climb higher.  Instead stabilize the new order for the good of all.
Retreat in this instance is not a desperate flight in disarray, but a conscious choice to distance yourself from forces that would rob you of your peace.
It is not a surrender, but a regrouping.  Retreat from this conflict is actually an advance toward your own center.  You move toward balance, and thus a much stronger position.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 56

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