Today: “Within all the chaos and strife, there is a stabilizing and organizing agent that is increasing the light” – from the I Ching

Within all the chaos and strife, there is a stabilizing and organizing agent that is increasing the light.  Remember that we are all the receivers, not the doers.  Aligning with the light, allow the changes to happen and a new order to be established.

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

#12, Line 5, #2

Heaven and Earth move away from each other.  In the ensuing void, the small invade where the great have departed.  There is no common meeting ground, so the Superior Person must fall back on his inner worth and decline the rewards offered by the inferior invaders.
The time undergoes a change. The right man, able to restore order, has arrived. Hence “Good fortune.” But such periods of transition are the very times in which we must fear and tremble. Success is assured only through greatest caution, which asks always, “What if it should fail?”.
When a mulberry bush is cut down, a number of unusually strong shoots sprout from the roots. Hence the image of tying something to a cluster of mulberry shoots is used to symbolise the way of making success certain.
Difficult trials as you hold to your course.
Kongfu (Confucius) says about this line:
Danger arises when a man feels secure in his position. Destruction threatens when a man seeks to preserve his worldly estate. Confusion develops when a man has put everything in order. Therefore the superior man does not forget danger in his security, nor ruin when he is well established, nor confusion when his affairs are in order. In this way he gains personal safety and is able to protect the empire.
This is a time for dealing with reality as it is, not as you would have it be.
If you realize that in this situation you are the receptor, not the transmitter of the stimulus, you will find yourself reaching goals that seemed unattainable under your own steam.
If you persist in futile efforts to be the Shaper rather than the Shaped, you will completely miss this unique opportunity.


Tao Te Ching – Verse 1

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