Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Second Response to Michelle

Hi Michelle, and everyone.

In hexagram sixty one we have an open heart. In hexagram 27 we have an open mind. We have to be careful what we fill it with, though. We fill the open heart only with the love and nurturance of those who's hearts correspond with, and have an affinity to our own. We fill our mind with more positive thoughts, joyful thoughts, and wonderous thoughts. If our hearts and minds are already filled, then there is no room for other hearts and minds that correspond to us to come in. We must open our hearts to love and our minds to the truth.

There are a few hexagrams that deal with different aspects of inner truth, not limited to the following"

1. Hexagram 48, the well, informs us of how we draw up inner truth.

2. Hexagram 5, Waiting. tells us how to prepare to receive inner truth.

3. Hexagram 50, The Cauldron, tells us how to apply inner truth, and foster able men in inner truth.

4. Hexagram 27, Noursihment, tells us to take in inner truth, and chew it, reflecting on it, and be aware of the real versus the false.

5. Hexagram 21 tells us how to bite through to inner truth, cutting to the bone, the kernel, of truth.

6. Hexagram 22 tells us of the beauty of inner truth.

7. Hexagram 61 tells us how inner truth spreads from one heart to another.

In a way, the entire I Ching is concerned with inner truth, and the disseminating of it from Sage to student.


Michelle said...

Hi Gene,

I especially like the idea of the open heart of 61 and open mind of 27.

If our hearts and minds are filled, there is no room for others....

I see a paradox here. Yes, spiritually, the goal is to empty the mind so that it may be filled with truth, but at the same time, the empty mind lets in all there is....the more empty it is, the more full it is.

I very much like your identification of 1 to 7 and the different aspects of and ways to arrive at Inner Truth.

gener202 said...

Hi Michelle

I thoughtI had commented on this, the paradox, but when I looked back, I didn't see it, except in a very general and indirect say with the following quote:

"...hexagram twenty seven, which counsels us to pay attention to where we receive our nourishment, and what kind of nourishment we are wanting to receive," The idea is that the mind free of prejudices lets in the truth. Even in emptiness we can still choose to be filled with love. Notice in the W/B commentary he mentions how thiefs can have a common bond too, but it only holds to a certain point. In sixty one, like attracts like, and if we are a thief, we will attract thieves. The empty mind lets in that which corresponds with our own nature.