“I, I, all I!” – No, this is not an ego trip, but: I am all one with myself, I am entirely centered… All right? OK, so, again: I, I, all I, all centered, completely calm, rooted within myself. And right here-and-now I am turning towards… the world.
What a variety of possibilities! How on earth should I choose? What is right, what is important, what does (not) matter? My head may help me to sort it out: What corresponds to me? What distracts me from my path? Yet some cases remain undecidable, they lie beyond my intellect’s grasp: I simply do not know all the facts. Continue reading “05 – waiting”
Sometimes our cool head is our last rescue: when things go haywire, when gut feelings go crazy. But maybe they are not going crazy, we just do not get the message they are telling us. A cool head helps – and points the way for our gut. Scans the darkness. Calms the turmoil. Continue reading “22 – grace”
A user describes her situation as follows: “I feel lots of love for the children, the love for my partner, however, is gone. I wish it was different, but this is as things are now. I feel a great sense of duty towards my family.” Regarding this situation the user asks the following question: “How to proceed?” The I Ching responds with hexagram36 – darkening of the light.
What reactions do I get? What are the environment’s responses? Am I received with with open arms, listened to carefully? Or does nobody really care about what I have to say, preferring the old „me“? And, how do I respond? No, definitely not retelling the old, pleasing stories. But: my true story. Anything else would result in a false life and we know: there is no right life amidst wrongs. Continue reading “38 – opposition”
A user suffers from not having any real contact with people. She asks the I Ching: “What will arise for me from keeping a dream diary? I do have the impression that it will work for me – and that perhaps it will even help me to bridge stagnation and isolation.” The idea of possibly publishing her diary and thereby accepting her life as it is has something redeeming, liberating for her. Continue reading “39 – obstruction”
Sometimes unexpected twists arise from what initially gave us uneasy feelings. Especially when we examine ambiguous emotional states with a clear head: are these gut feelings actually related to the current situation, to the here-and-now? A cool head may bring liberation. And gut feelings may cause avalanches. In any direction.
The Marrying Maiden – what a programatischer title! Although hexagram54 – The Marrying Maiden most probably speaks about beginnings (beyond partnership!) in general, I have received the corresponding request:
A user asks: “What is the current state of our connection: Will we have a relationship?”
A user would like to give up his (breadwinning) job and fully devote himself to a literary activity. His specific question: “In what situation I’m in right now?”
A user works as a lecturer and strongly identifies with the contents of her teaching. On one hand she want to share her experiences with her students. On the other hand she wants to give her students room to make their own experiences. She asks: “How can I find a balance?”
A user asks “How am I doing with handling this emotionally difficult experience?”
Over the past few weeks users have shared three different scenarios with me that the I Ching had all answered with hexagram64 – before completion. Here a short description of the individual situations:
Situation A: A somewhat obscure relationship. The user asked the I Ching what is the best for her to do in the matter.
Situation B: To save his marriage user B has radically turned away from a to him very important person. He loves his wife and children. Nevertheless he just cannot get this other woman out of his mind. Continue reading “64 – before completion”