Times of great change that come unbidden yet seem well-timed, offer the opportunity to shift away from old patterns and behaviors. They offer the opportunity to begin life anew. Every leaving is a new beginning. Every break with something old is the start of something new. Do not mourn endings too much but look forward to what is to come. For surely you can count on life to continue to guide you forward in a new direction even as it guides you to halt progress in a direction that no longer serves you. It just means it’s time to head along a new and better path.
Early springtime poses many changes, from warm and pleasant days to cold and snowy ones buffeted by heavy winds. It’s the time of precipice, before spring births forth. Within the self the time of precipice shows up at any time of year, the struggle for something new to emerge. As with the days of early spring there is a settling that will take place and the tensions of the precipice will abate. With patience, what was once so urgent and even dangerous at spring’s awakening will smooth into a warm summer’s day. With a confident heart and steady eye on the future look forward to what is to come in the sure blooming ahead, as it always comes.
Allow the mind to be clear and calm, empty of sound and chatter, so that the spirit may enter and the body align with the spirit’s intent to evolve and grow. It all cases, the spirit’s intent is to grow. Do not fear that this is not possible, for it is always the greater intent of all spirits and all entities to grow and evolve beyond their present state. With this truth in mind, let the clarity of your own spirit show you the way to your own growth and evolution.
In the solid world of everyday life a coin is an agreed upon object of stored energy for commerce. Our saved coin is our buying power.
Even in this most physical world, abstraction, or subtle reality, animates the value in coin. Without an agreed upon reality amongst humans—that assigns and allows coin to ‘contain’ a spirit energy—coin would hold no value.
At the soul level of reality, the appearance of a coin in a dream is a type of mandala, the outer attire of one’s High Self. Essentially, the High Self is affirming that this dream theme, accented by the coin’s appearance, is the next step on one’s path of individuation.
The use of a single coin throw for guidance is a very early predecessor to the I Ching, an oracle which uses three coins tossed six times to create a highly differentiated hexagram of oracular wisdom. A single coin represents wholeness, via its circular shape, a shape that includes all that is. The two sides, heads and tails, give equal representation to Yang and Yin, the building blocks of everything.
Heads is assigned Yang. It is the masculine, active principle. When it appears, it says Yes to taking action. Tails is the feminine, receptive principle. When it appears, it says No, the time for action has not yet arrived, as things are still in utero. A single coin toss is only capable of reflecting a gross answer of either Yes or No, with no further elaboration.
Who is it that answers the question? The answer is, one’s High Self, or Spirit. In effect, one’s ego self poses its question to its High Self, which in turn answers Yes or No to the question posed. Sounds pretty straightforward, but actually much consideration and preparation are required to benefit from this oracle of the single coin.
Firstly, ego must assume full responsibility for its life. Ego can’t simply turn over this responsibility and sheepishly ask the High Self, as parent, to tell it what to do. High Self is the center of personality that insists ego evolve and expand consciousness through its thoughtful suffering of the travails of a human life. High Self will provide support and guidance but not the answers that ego must rightly figure out.
It’s not beneath the High Self to give a wrong answer if the ego is evading its responsibility in asking, or persists in over-asking. Even the I Ching has a reading, called Youthful Folly (hexagram #4), which reacts rather sternly to perseverating questioning:
“It is not I who seek the young fool;
The young fool seeks me.
At the first oracle I inform him.
If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.
If he importunes, I give him no information.”*
The expectation is that ego sit in the tension of the opposite possibilities inherent in the question it struggles with and, as objectively as possible, come to a tentative decision of what truly is right action.
Right action is action free of prejudice or secret motive, action truly in alignment with what is right to do in the situation being considered. This of course would be action in alignment with the High Self.
Having done this preparatory work, ego is in a position to say to High Self, “I’ve done my due diligence. Are you in agreement with my conclusion?”
If the answer is No, it gives ego the opportunity to go back to the drawing board and to look further into its shadow, asking itself, “What am I missing?”
I personally have benefited much over the years by being directed to reflect again, shedding greater light upon the blindspot of shadow’s hidden influences.
Of equal importance is the reverence one assumes for the feedback received. If ego has already decided what it will do, and then rejects the contrary council of the coin, ego is truly guilty of insincerity in asking its question.
For true guidance, when approaching the coin, one must be open to the possibility of not doing what one has already decided to do.
This may mean returning to the drawing board to deeply consider why one feels so certain of getting a No answer. Of course, it could be possible that ego must go it alone and make a decision that defies even the Law of the High Self.
Was this not the situation in the Garden of Eden, where a law being broken gave birth to human consciousness and free will, the essential building blocks of planetary growth?
Indeed, this may be one of the High Self’s greatest tests for ego—to take responsibility for right action, even in the absence of any support.
The bottom line is that an oracle is really only helpful if used as a support to ego growth in its refinement of subjective motives, as they are transformed into service to the underlying truth of its being.
The real power of the coin rests in the sincerity of the seeker who turns to it for guidance. And though of great support, nothing replaces the primacy of ego assuming full responsibility for its growth in its sojourn in a human life.
Valuing the correct use of the coin, Chuck
*The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm edition, pp. 20-21
Do not be upset by every stone and pothole on the road to balance, for they too are part of the journey. They too point out that there are always challenges to encounter and to not get swept up in feeling that you are not doing well on your journey to wholeness. Keep going. And without regret sidestep the obstructions and feel no remorse for the fact that you stepped into what naturally formed on your path. Just keep going, for the end result will be the same.