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Chuck’s Place: Deepening Fulfillment

Go down to the wellspring of life…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

On the eve of the summer solstice, the most enlightened day of the year, President Trump abruptly cancelled a retaliatory strike upon Iran.

The year is cyclical and repetitive, punctuated by seasons that mark life’s beginning to its completion. The summer solstice elongates the light of consciousness at its highest peak, a supreme opportunity to be in alignment with inner truth.

Perhaps under the impact of solstice energy, President Trump was influenced momentarily to be patient and acquiesce to the greater good.

I threw the I Ching this morning, with the question: Where are we now in the cycle of the Tao and how best to promote fulfillment?

The I Ching responded with hexagram #48, The Well, with moving lines in the fifth and sixth places. The model for The Well in nature is the tree, whose wooden roots penetrate the earth to draw up the water that sustains its life. The well, in ancient China, was accessed by a wooden pole that dipped a bucket into the water, which was raised to nourish all.

The I Ching warns that carelessness in raising the bucket can be disastrous, such as, “if for instance the military defense of a state is carried to such excess that it provokes wars by which the power of the state is annihilated, that is a breaking of the jug.”

On an individual level, the I Ching counsels that, “every human being can draw in the course of (their) education from the inexhaustible wellspring of the divine in (human) nature. But here likewise two dangers threaten: a (person) might fail in (their) education to penetrate to the real roots of humanity and remain fixed in convention… or (they) may suddenly collapse and neglect (their) self- development.”

Interestingly, the future work proposed by the I Ching  to solidify the best use of the well is hexagram #18: Work on what has been spoiled. That hexagram has us address the contents of the shadow or personal unconscious that create decay within the personality, as well as the attitude of the ego in a state of avoidance or inertia.

The two moving lines of the hexagram are extremely hopeful. The nine in the fifth place states that the water in the well is exceedingly pure, fed by a spring of living water. Thus, the channel to the living spirit is available in the hearts of everyone. However, what is lacking here is the volitional drawing from this wellspring of wisdom. Though the knowledge and right guidance are available, they must be drawn upon to arrive at right action.

The six at the top takes it to that final step: “One draws from the well without hindrance. It is dependable. Supreme good fortune.” All are empowered to draw from the inexhaustible guidance and nurturance of their inner well, situated in the higher truth of the heart chakra.

Thus, the I Ching highlights in these accentuated lines that the guidance we truly need is readily available within our hearts. We are primed to receive it, since we already have available to us the tools to procure it. The time is right to exercise such actions.

These tools include, reading the synchronistic signs that appear to guide us through our days, as well as the dreams which foreshadow the opportunities for self-development each night. In the calmness of meditation we open directly our channel to spirit.

Specifically, the I Ching asks us to face the source of our guilt. By facing and addressing the issues behind our guilt, the water of our inner well is clarified to nurture our fulfillment. Sometimes we must undergo shocks to our well before we are fully ready to deepen our fulfillment. This is the work of recapitulation that fully frees our energy from the ‘impurities’ of the past.

The time is right for deepening fulfillment through drinking the pure waters that await in the deepest caverns of the heart.

Cheers!

Chuck

Soulbyte for Wednesday June 19, 2019

Seek the tao of you, peace of mind and body, within the self, that is calm and stable, a sensation of being yourself, of being right within your physical body, in alignment with your spiritual energy. Let nothing overly disturb you in the tao of you. Tune down your attachments to things outside of you, and tone down your inner energy. Let everything arrive as it will. Know its necessity and its meaning, and without attaching to anything let it be dealt with and attended to in a calm and stable manner. Know yourself more often as a calm and stable being by reminding yourself that you are fully capable of accepting life as it arrives and fully available to experience it as it is, one day and one step at a time, in calmness. Such stability within the self will naturally reverberate outside of the self, and where you go calmness and stability will follow you, tao within and tao without. That’s how to get right, within and without.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 27, 2019

Contrary to popular opinion, it may not always be best to push through every storm, to attack with aggression, or to unconsciously weather through that which blocks the way or presents barriers or interferences. Often a gentler approach, a consciously adopted wait-and-see attitude is the proper method of attack. This does not imply weakness but stresses that often the most hardened attitude is felled not by greater force but only by the unseen forces of love, kindness, and compassion. Sometimes strength should be a last resort. Sometimes the only persuasion needed is the right kind of energy touching at the heart level. Sometimes patient waiting in heart centered energy is the right action, even in the most violent of times. Let heart centered decision making become your own norm so that patient waiting also becomes your norm when right action is called for that is out of the norm. Sometimes doing nothing more than calling upon the energies of good is the best action. From heart to heart, may all find their way to right action that is loving and kind and all-inclusive. And through it all, keep a positive attitude.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday February 20, 2019

Let bygones be bygones as you turn in a new direction now, with heart open, with love leading the way. Leave old negative thoughts and ideas about yourself behind as you turn toward the light of positivity. When it’s time to finally change it can be as easy as turning and walking in a new direction. Knowing that you have taken care of old business, that you have left no stone unturned, no strings attached, and that you are truly free will make the new journey one of right action. Maybe it’s time, maybe it’s not, but it’s always time to prepare, to attend to that which binds you, and to dream a new dream. You have the power totally within you, within your own mind, to dream a new dream. It’s doesn’t matter where you began, what matters is where you go next. Take life forward in the new positive direction you dream of, one small step at a time, one day at a time, with thanks for where you have been and with gratitude for what you have learned. Keep your dream alive, not just in imagination but in action. Every day is a new dream. Dream on!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte For Monday February 4, 2019

Wait patiently and clarity will come. Sometimes it is not the time to act. Sometimes it is best to wait patiently, especially in times of deep conflict or indecision. Rather than act harshly, in despair, or out of malice, the best course of action might be patient waiting. Soon clarity will come, or at the very least a new course of action will show itself to be far better than first reactions. This may now be a time of patient waiting if all is to right itself again. Be patient, within and without.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne