Today: Be as the wanderer who begins at zero – from the I Ching
Be as the wanderer who begins at zero knowing no one and owning nothing. Practicality demands that you remain upright and steadfast, modest and reserved. In all your social interactions be in touch with your inner being. Be real. This will attract good people who together will participate in helping you increase your influence and amass great power.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
“ WHEN A man is a wanderer and stranger, he should not be gruff nor overbearing. He has no large circle of acquaintances, therefore he should not give himself airs. He must be cautious and reserved; in this way he protects himself from evil. If he is obliging toward others, he wins success. A wanderer has no fixed abode; his home is the road. Therefore he must take care to remain upright and steadfast, so that he sojourns only in the proper places, associating only with good people. Then he has good fortune and can go his way unmolested. The wanderer here described is modest and reserved. He does not lose touch with his inner being, hence he finds a resting place. In the outside world he does not lose the liking of other people, hence all persons further him, so that he can acquire property. Moreover, he wins the allegiance of a faithful and trustworthy servant – a thing of inestimable value to a wanderer. The hexagram points to a time when inner worth mounts with great force and comes to power…truly great power which does not degenerate into mere force but remains inwardly united with the fundamental principles of right and of justice. When we understand this point – namely, that greatness and justice must be indissolubly united – we understand the true meaning of all that happens in heaven and on earth.