I Ching no. 61

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Centering in Truth

wind above, lake below
hexagram no. 61

“Centering in truth involves becoming conscious of the relationship between your heart and the circumstances of your life. This requires connecting with the fundamental wisdom that is within you, within other people, and within all of nature.

When your inner life is clouded, your influence in the world is likewise hidden.

If you are fearful, you will be attacked; if you cloak mysteries with dogma, opportunities for insight will be lost.

If you waver in upholding your principles, you will be tested.

Yet when you are firm and strong, the power of truth can break through even the most stubborn minds (including yours).

Changing line #6: In the end, words are birds, and experience is the tree they roost in. The power of inner truth is rooted in the tree; the birds come and go. Talk is cheap, but integrity is mighty.

~ from Paul O’Brien’s “Visionary I Ching”

2 Comments Add yours

  1. detwritus says:

    Opposition forces us to become who we are, gradually we carve away the parts of ourselves that are irrelevant. This refines our strength. Opposition defines our authenticity. 🙂

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    1. jb says:

      Indeed. How else to know what truly matters or how strong we are unless we are tested? However, there are times when we create unnecessary opposition, and redundant testing which can lead to trauma and great suffering. Sometimes we can just just flow and open and allow.
      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the pun in your name.🙂


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