Today: “Making a good first impression will work for you.  It is an opening which must be followed by commitment and perseverance.”- from the I Ching

Making a good first impression will work for you.  It is an opening which must be followed by commitment and perseverance.

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Tao Te Ching – Verse 11 – We work with being, but non-being is what we use.

Meditation: LA673-19910205- Third Chakra

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56 – Fifty-Six  Lu / The Wanderer

Fire on the Mountain, catastrophic to man, a passing annoyance to the Mountain:
The Superior Person waits for wisdom and clarity before exacting Justice, then lets no protest sway him.

Find satisfaction in small gains.
To move constantly forward is good fortune to a Wanderer.


You are a stranger to this situation.
It is your attraction to the exotic that has led you here, but you will move on to a new vista when this one has lost its mystique.
Because much of this environment is foreign to you, you must exercise only the best judgement.
You don’t know the custom here, and it’s too easy to cross a line you don’t know is there.
Because you are the foreigner in this setting, you have no history to acquit you.
Watch, listen, study, contemplate, then step lightly but decisively on.

Six in the fifth place means:

The traveler kills a pheasant with his first shot.
For the price of one arrow, he has bought himself praise and high office.

He shoots a pheasant.
It drops with the first arrow.
In the end this brings both praise and office.

Traveling statesmen were in the habit of introducing themselves to local princes with the gift of a pheasant. Here the wanderer wants to enter the service of a prince. To this end he shoots a pheasant, killing it at the first shot. Thus he finds friends who praise and recommend him, and in the end the prince accepts him and confers an office upon him.
Circumstances often cause a man to seek a home in foreign parts. If he knows how to meet the situation and how to introduce himself in the right way, he may find a circle of friends and a sphere of activity even in a strange country.

Male pheasant

Male pheasant – Picardie France 2012 – photo Lex van den Bos

39 – Thirty-Nine  Chien / Obstacle

Ominous roiling in the Crater Lake atop the Volcano:
When meeting an impasse, the Superior Person turns his gaze within, and views the obstacle from a new perspective.

Offer your opponent nothing to resist.
Let a sage guide you in this.
Good fortune lies along this course.


The Obstacle lies in obstinance.
An insistence on only one way of proceeding has brought things to an impasse.
You may either continue banging your head with irresistible force against this immovable object, or you might step back and survey this situation from a fresh perspective.
Which is immobile here — the obstruction or your attitude?

Today: “For anyone who will live up to his word to infinity, this world will become too small.” Yogi Bhajan

“For anyone who will live up to his word to infinity, this world will become too small. It will seem as small as a Ping Pong ball. The whole universe will dance on the word of that man. This is the vibratory effect an individual has, because your end is infinity. Your beginning is infinity. You are only in trouble when you have not realized you are infinity. To realize the infinity in the finite state is the extension of the mind. That is the reality of the mind.” Yogi Bhajan

Meditation: KWTC-980710 – Life Is Lift To Infinity

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