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26 – Twenty-Six Ta Ch’u / Recharging Power
Heaven’s motherlode waits within the Mountain: The Superior Person mines deep into history’s wealth of wisdom and deeds, charging his character with timeless strength.
Persevere. Drawing sustenance from these sources creates good fortune. Then you may cross to the far shore.
There are important precedents in this situation. Others have trodden this Path before you, overcoming the same obstacles facing you now, and making crucial decisions at the same crossroads. Study their journals, watch for their trail markings. Gain inspiration and wisdom from the heroes and learn from the mistakes of those who chose a sidepath. All were Seekers, explorers whose daring mapped a course you can follow. The words and deeds of the finest can imbue you with the courage necessary to face what lies before you.
above: Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain
below: Ch’ien / The Creative, Heaven
Cloud in the crater of the volcano Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma – Canary Islands, May 2013 Mirador de Los Roques (La Cumbrecita) – photo Lex van den Bos
Heaven within the mountain: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus the superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity And many deeds of the past, In order to strengthen his character thereby.
Heaven within the mountain points to hidden treasures. In the words and deeds of the past there lies hidden a treasure that men may use to strengthen and elevate their own characters. The way to study the past is not to confine oneself to mere knowledge of history but, through application of this knowledge, to give actuality to the past.