Today: “Use your gifts with gratitude to bring unity to your sphere of influence rather than pursue selfish pleasures.” – a reading from the I Ching

Stay in the rhythm of events and inspire people to join the dance.  Stay in touch so they may follow.  Heal the damage done by prior neglect.

Meditation: M136-970930 – Work on Shashara, Balance Earth and Heavens

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Today: I Ching – Previous Readings

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

#16, line 5, #18
Thunder comes resounding out of the Earth:
Similar thunder roars up from the masses when the Superior Person strikes a chord in their hearts.  Whip up enthusiasm, rally your forces, and move boldly forward.
There is a rhythmic force, a world music, that lives deep in the Unconscious of each of us.  It’s a primitive drumbeat, a shaking rattle, a tribal chant that invokes the primal self to rise up and join the dance.  This is the enthusiasm that is generated now.  Not rhetorical persuasion, not a play on the emotions, but a charismatic, irresistible Call of the Wild.
Confucius said that the person who could comprehend this could ‘rule the world as though it were spinning in his hand.’
Here enthusiasm is obstructed. A man is under constant pressure, which prevents him from breathing freely. However, this pressure has its advantage – it prevents him from consuming his powers in empty enthusiasm. Thus constant pressure can actually serve to keep one alive.
Winds sweep through the Mountain valley: The Superior Person sweeps away corruption and stagnation by stirring up the people and strengthening their spirit.
Supreme success.  Before crossing to the far shore, consider the move for three days.  After crossing, devote three days of hard labor to damage control.
You are blessed with an opportunity to resuscitate that which others have abandoned as beyond repair.  This ruin wasn’t caused by evil intention, but by indifference to decay.  Just by addressing yourself to the problem, you exhibit a new awareness, a fresh perspective. This is a time of recovery, renewal, regeneration.

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