You will know when it is time for a real change. Your body will give you no choice and your spirit will give you no other opportunity. This real change will become your main focus. But why let it get to that point? Why not make slow and steady progress in the direction of change every day? Why not make change a way of life so you are ready for anything that might arise? Become adaptable to change, large or small, so that change does not bowl you over but becomes your friend instead, and so that body and spirit may subtly, in all situations, be always in alignment. Now that would make the idea of change really ideal!
With body and spirit fully known and understood—that they are separate yet one—balance and alignment may be achieved. While in the world of the living it is important to pay attention to both body and spirit as separate yet whole, for they are capable of acting independently, yet it is best when they act in concert with one another. To be in good alignment is to pay attention to the needs of both, to not overdo or over-express one at the expense of the other, and to give each their necessary nurturance.
Notice how each day is different, something has changed. Sometimes changes are sudden and noticeable but often they are so subtle you barely notice them. Even within the self change is happening all the times, sometimes suddenly but more often in subtle ways. Learn to go with the flow of life rather than fighting it, accepting the changes that come your way, for it is in the natural flow that you will have your greatest experiences and know yourself as part of the beautiful whole that is your life.
I threw the I Ching to get its take on the state of the world. I received the hexagram of Retreat, #33. It gave emphasis to a heightened energetic movement that has given me considerable pause for reflection. Specifically, the moving line in the second place states: “He holds him fast with yellow oxhide. No one can tear him loose.” (Wilhelm translation, p. 131).
The absolute necessity for retreat is the theme of this hexagram. All the moving lines highlight the various permutations of how that might be carried out. This moving line depicts an utter clinging to something that appears to contradict the necessity of letting go in order to retreat.
Wilhelm suggests that this line parallels Jacob’s biblical encounter with the angel Peniel (Gen. 32:26): “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” Why would anyone need to cling to an angel of God, considered a representative for the face of God, and demand to be blessed?
If Jacob is ego, and angel/God is our High Spirit, than ego, in the face of necessary retreat, is absolutely insisting to maintain a living connection to High Spirit. I can’t help but see this attitude mirrored by the people of Ukraine, and particularly by their spirited leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In him, I see the spirit of Martin Luther King, who, although knowing he wouldn’t be here in physical form to witness it, assured us all that the Spirit would manifest a fully integrated world, someday.
In this time of great disintegration, where the collective subconscious, with all its deeply suppressed energies, has found chaotic outlet on the world stage, this reading guides us to cling to the Spirit of love and truth, as our fragile civilization must retreat and preserve itself in the inner chamber of the heart. Many are called upon to offer the ultimate sacrifice, but their spirits are alive and unrelenting in their intent for freedom.
Amidst the deluge of disheartening words, accusations, and conspiracy theories, cling to love. Do not allow threats to dampen the spirit and send one into despair, nihilism, cynicism, and depression. Stay excited! Look to the greater truth of deep transformation happening right now upon this planet Earth.
Breakdown is a necessary prelude to reconstruction. And indeed, the world is contending with global carpetbaggers, totalitarians selling their narcissistic wares, seeking to entrance the populace with power schemes of shock and awe. Cling to the Spirit of love. Stay positive. Know that you are here, upon this Earth, amidst the tremendum of this moment to manifest the true Spirit of love, the foundation for our evolving planet.
On a personal level, continue to cling to the High Spirit of love to raise and radiate a higher vibration that attracts like Spirits and protects against intrusions of the lower negative vibrations seeking to undermine the all-encompassing power of love. In clinging to the power of love, ego remains charged with positive excitement, even as it must traverse through a loaded minefield of negativity in its retreat.
In a nutshell, I interpret the guidance of the I Ching as the necessity to retreat into the truth and love of the heart during this most activated of times. Cling with unrelenting perseverance to the High Spirit, we are advised, where love radiates at such a high vibration that nothing of a lower vibration can penetrate it. Ego must cling to its Spirit rather than fall prey to manipulation, inflation, or deflation.
Rest assured, with this alignment you truly will be blessed. That blessing is the excitement of High Spirit’s love vibration.
Do not be offended by the actions of others but continue to do right in the world. Just because others do wrong on a consistent basis doesn’t make their actions right. In fact, such actions underscore the hubris that you must learn to not be offended by. When offense is no longer an issue the balance of nature may be achieved and all will be right once again. To be offended is to be out of balance. Remain instead heart centered and loving and seek balance within the self.