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Chuck’s Place: The Power Of The Coin

Ask in alignment with heart, mind & spirit…
-Illustration © 2023 Jan Ketchel

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,

*The I Ching or Book of Changes, Wilhelm edition, pp. 20-21

Soulbyte for Tuesday February 7, 2023

-Illustration © 2023 Jan Ketchel

Be in awe of the grand unfolding of life, at how one thing leads to another, how you are guided and supported, how in its unfolding life gives you exactly what you need to aid you in your endeavors. You are not alone but fully supported. Whether you know it or not, you have a vast array of helpers aiding you every day. Turn around every now and then and give thanks. They don’t need anything from you, so it’s not for them but only to remind yourself to remain in awe.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday November 18, 2022

-Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

Let not your complacency keep you from your true path of heart. It’s okay to be lazy once in a while but a real warrior knows that a path of heart can only be traveled with awareness, and awareness takes alertness that is focused and intentional. Be alert each and every day to the signs and synchronicities that are present in your life, seeking to guide you in the direction that is most fulfilling, beneficial, and meaningful. Open your eyes and ears, look around you, and notice that life is so much more than you normally perceive; it’s magical.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Friday September 16, 2022

                                                    -Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

With the help of your guides and teachers, in one realm or another, embark into your day knowing that you are protected, loved, and valued. Your presence is desirable and your journey though life one of meaning and purpose with a higher goal in mind, that of your own evolution. With this in mind, set your intentions for a good, productive day and stay open to hearing from your most intimate advisors as you set out to accomplish what must be accomplished today.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Tuesday September 6, 2022

                          – Illustration © 2022 Jan Ketchel

When in need call out for help and help will come in some form. But even so, it is up to each one of you to do with that help what you will. It is always your choice that matters most. All the help in the world will do you know good if you continually refuse to accept it, to utilize it, to take it inward and use it to your own advantage. You are in charge and what matters most is how you choose to live, where you choose to focus your energy, and where you find meaning and purpose.

Sending you love,
The Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne