I Ching meditation

When I awoke, I was awash in confusion. There are family matters swimming around in my brain. Should I do something? What would that be? Should I do nothing?  (which is another form of action). Too many unknowns.

Before I begin an I Ching meditation, I write down all the thoughts that create the moment. It is through that exercise that I’m able to distill the true question with as few words as possible. Through the fog, I’ve translated my emotions into many words on the paper. Through further distillation,  my question is sorted out: What surrounds this moment in time?

12. Pi/Standstill (Stagnation)

”A time of Standstill is linked to August/September. The earth has passed it’s zenith and autumnal decay is setting in.”

I immediately know this Hexagram is correct for me as the timing fits with the now. I’m asking my question not only close to August/September, but exactly during that period.

(There are people who say they have given up on the I Ching as it is too lyrical and the answers are too open for interpretation. That is not my experience. These words from the text could not be more clear.)

I’m reading this as a time of “no movement” (noun), but also as a verb: Do nothing.

“Heaven and Earth are not in communion. All things are benumbed. What is above has no relation to what is below. Confusion and disorder prevail.”

The Judgement (from the text): The Great departs, the Small approaches.  No Action is needed. Go within. It is a time of remaining true to one’s principles and withdraw into seclusion.

(I leave for my T’ai Chi retreat in four days). Do nothing.

“This is a time when it is impossible to make one’s influence count, it is only through retirement that one is spared humiliation.”  Again, do nothing and say nothing. It is through STANDSTILL that one attains success.

the moving lines change to:  41. Sun/Decrease.

“Simplicity is needed to provide inner strength.” Again I am told this is a time when no action is required. It is not a time of balance, Heaven and Earth are not in alignment. This is a time of change and adjustment. Quiet an overactive mind.  “The Superior Man controls his anger and Restrains his instincts.”

Clear enough.  Thank you I Ching for wise counsel.

2 Responses to “I Ching meditation”

  1. Adele August 30, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    Hi Lucy,

    You might enjoy my blog, I Ching meditations. It includes my art in the meditation.


    • Lucy August 30, 2011 at 6:19 am #

      I will look up your blog right now. Thank you.

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