“Adverse conditions are a practitioner’s true wealth.
“Adverse conditions are a practitioner’s true wealth.
The I Ching Weekly for July 23, 2018
#47 Kun: Exhausting / Confinement / Oppression / Adversity / Weariness
Above: Dui ~ Lake: Open, responsive; free movement with no blame or judgment
Below: Kan ~ Water: Gorge, precipice, water; moving without hindrance; radiant clarity
Bring old relationships to a close
Gather energy for a bold move
You are in a state of confinement.
Words will not set you free.
Shifting sands of change beneath your feet are stirring your psyche. On the road you will meet guardians of the gates you wish to path through. You will be tempted by praise and offers of what you have desired and have dreamed of. Caution is called for as you stand in humility at the gate as there has been a breakdown in the code, the code within language. You have made great efforts to communicate clearly and to purify your intentions and intuition. The work has been good, but now you are at your limit. Come to stillness as busyness is all around you and it has been deafening. It is sage advice telling you that should you proceed in your present state of mind —that of intellectual and emotional exhaustion—you would not only be confined as you have been feeling, you would be caught in a trap that no matter how hard you try would not release you for a very long time. Moving without a proper plan the ties that bind you would tighten…muscles in the neck and tension in the belly are the messages as you pass through an imminent and somewhat treacherous canal of birthing. The birthing is that of a new and improved self, free of the stale patterns that serve you no more.
In the lessons of the Book of Changes, the I Ching, there has be great credence placed on being firmly in truth in your communications with your tribe, associates, and in your relationships. This was good, but times have changed. A cycle that has been difficult, which has contained many benefits, has come to an end. That cycle had called on you to be honest, forthright, and to communicate with clarity so that you can move toward and achieve your goals for yourself , community and tribe
Now, while in this current period of confinement and you are faced with adversity, you feel you should have the ability, because of your attention to the process, to speak all the right words that would embody your ideas and in a perfect world, carry you to the next stage of development and set you free. But as this cycle ends, your words are not heard or they are ignored. If they are heard, they are misconstrued and to your listeners these words take on the opposite meaning of what you intend. the code you have deciphered is breaking down. You do not know what to do or say. If you were to proceed now, using your words to pave the way, you would hit obstacle after obstacle, and the state of intellectual and emotional exhaustion you are in could manifest as a physical, emotional and spiritual breakdown.
It is not illusion that aspects of your life force are bottled up and the feeling that they must somehow be released is very real. You need release. Be calm and look in a different direction, beginning by looking inward for the sustenance needed to continue. There is a way in but it will not come from outside advice, books lectures, priests or shaman. This is the time to trust your intuitive sense. This is also a time of great risk. It is risk that can exact great change, such as what see and feel lay before you.
This is a turning point and there is much to consider. There are places that appear to be doing well, yet other areas seem dry, confined, and hopeless. Kun has appeared now because of difficulties that have in the past caused you to despair and become sad and depressed. This is where the message of this hexagram is of great assistance. Know that this situation, which is omnipresent, is temporary, and that the assistance needed to regain the proper life flow that will replenish you emotionally, spiritually, and physically is within reach; it is within. The only way that relief will find you is for you to take the time to rest, re-create, breathe, and remain positive, knowing that this is the end of an exhausting cycle and the beginning of a new, enlivened, and exciting one; in fact, it is a renewal of life and of the life force.
Your truth now will be made evident not by words but by actions. You will benefit by using your will in all situations that are confronting you, for it is willpower that is your greatest ally as you begin to break through what has been binding and suppressing you. It is a great frustration when your words are not heard and knowing the words you hear from others cannot be trusted on face value. You must listen to decipher the code in words. These are challenging times, as you are regaining your strength and are remembering your sense of purpose.
In stillness make your plan—you must have a plan—and look inward for the strength to continue. This is where your greatness will be found.
The way to gain the strength that will release the binds on your life force, is to undertake a plan of rest and recuperation. Plan this time of recouping your energy and strength as you would plan a battle—well-thought-out and organized. Leave no place open where you could be caught unaware. Once this commitment is made, all will begin to fall into place, and recovery, creativity, and abundance will follow.
Rest in this situation might mean a literal resting time, or it could be simply a retreat from trying to fix what is seemingly going wrong, trying to change people’s minds, or make an old way of thinking work for you. The current cycle is swiftly changing; be assured the light needed to remove oppression and to recuperate from exhaustion is yours and found in your practice, prayers and sutras.
You will reap positive results from being in confinement and experiencing oppression. With care and compassion you will breed great and useful creativity in the plan for your success and in honing your craft. You can now change your ways of handling obstacles and old and tired ways of thinking. Above all, do not let this confinement create anger as that would be food for the negative ego and will cause you to become cynical or strike out by being vicious and speak words without compassion. If you take that road all will be lost, and you will not be able to benefit from the teaching given to you in the wisdom that can be accessed within while enduring in this precious time.
In your rest and retreat you will begin to hear, understand, and learn to speak the code of new language that will emerge in this coming cycle. This will put you at the forefront, at the head of the class, while others remain in their struggle, conflict, and fear. It is love that will remove the fear. It will not be difficult.
In this cycle your wordless actions will be of great benefit. You will learn when not to speak and to hear beyond the veiled words to the underlying truth held in the unspoken code. This lesson in understanding unlocks the mysteries that have been held as secrets by priests, shamans, and sages for eons. As your planet is moving into a glorious new age of enlightenment, lessons like these will integrate as you change your way of thinking, speaking, and listening. In these times you will have the opportunity to access help from unexpected places. You will leave old, stale relationships behind as you move forward in your understanding of your sense of purpose and in forming new, positive associations. Look deep into yourself. You will find the strength needed to continue as you reflect in stillness.
If you feel, in these days ahead, a broken or troubled heart, embrace it and stay steady; suffering will give way to greatness and joy. It is the Way.
Don’t stand on the sidelines….jump in…sing dance and be joyous…love can be your guide as you trust and open to let yourself be loved.