Today: “Remain at the still point at the center of the strife and chaos surrounding you. You will be spared the worst of the damage that it does to those who resist or try to engage it. – from the I Ching
Remain at the still point at the center of the strife and chaos surrounding you. You will be spared the worst of the damage that it does to those who resist or try to engage it.
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51 – Fifty-One Chên / Thunder
Thunder echoes upon Thunder, commanding reverence for its father Heaven: In awe of Heaven’s majestic power, the Superior Person looks within and sets his life in order. Thunder mingles with startled screams of terror for a hundred miles around. As the people nervously laugh at their own fright, the devout presents the sacrificial chalice with nary a drop of wine spilt. Deliverance
A thunderbolt of Cosmic judgement crashes to earth. For the common person, it’s just a momentary fright soon forgotten, its warning unfathomed and unheeded. But to one who understands its significance, this thunder is a signal to awaken. Centering the Self, seeking balance, the enlightened person will respect and align himself with this Higher Power, while his fellows remain subject to the whims of every passing storm.
Six in the fifth place means:
Others run in confusion and terror from the violent thunderstorm. Fully aware of the danger, you keep to the task that must be done.
Shock goes hither and thither. Danger. However, nothing at all is lost. Yet there are things to be done.
This is a case not of a single shock but of repeated shocks with no breathing space between. Nonetheless, the shock causes no loss, because one takes care to stay in the centre of movement and in this way to be spared the fate of being helplessly tossed hither and thither.
3 – Three Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning
Thunder from the Deep: The Superior Person carefully weaves order out of confusion.
Supreme Success if you keep to your course. Carefully consider the first move. Seek help.
New ventures always pack along their inherent chaos. Though this is an annoyance at best, and can even imperil or downright doom an endeavor, it is also the friction needed to polish your project to jewel brilliance. Learn from these early obstacles.