Today: You have the power to choose your relationship with the world. You may go the way of the hero or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion. – from the I Ching
You have the power to choose your relationship with the world. You may go the way of the hero or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion. Should you choose to share your wisdom and grace, you will be long remembered and revered.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's, Thomas Cleary's, Brian Arnold's and other translations of the I Ching
1 – One Ch’ien / Creative Activity
Heaven above and Heaven below: Heaven in constant motion. With the strength of the dragon, the Superior Person steels himself for ceaseless activity.
Productive Activity. Potent Influence. Sublime Success if you keep to your course.
The time for action has come. You now have the focus and the stamina necessary for accomplishing great tasks. The path before you is being cleared and reward lies ahead.
Nine in the fourth place means: Wavering flight over the depths. No blame.
A place of transition has been reached, and free choice can enter in. A twofold possibility is presented to the great man: he can soar to the heights and play an important part in the world, or he can withdraw into solitude and develop himself. He can go the way of the hero or that of the holy sage who seeks seclusion. There is no general law to say which of the two is the right way. Each one in this situation must make a free choice according to the inner law of his being. If the individual acts consistently and is true to himself, he will find the way that is appropriate for him. This way is right for him and without blame.
57 – Fifty-Seven Sun / The Penetrating Wind
Wind follows upon wind, wandering the earth, penetrating gently but persistently: The Superior Person expands his influence by reaffirming his decisions and carrying out his promises.
Small, persistent, focused effort brings success. Seek advice from someone you respect.
Gentle persuasion is the key in this instance. Though the words are soft, their speaker must be firm, calm and confident. Gentle words are worthless if spoken with trepidation. Wordless influence by example is also effective in this situation. All persuasion should be almost unfelt, yet consistent and persistent. Ask for feedback from someone you know to be an effective persuader.