Monday, May 21, 2007

you seek me, you seek me not

Jesus said to the crowd, "you seek me not because you saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled."

This is ever true, yet today. We are still like the crowd. We hear about the I Ching, and about the gnostic gospels, and we are awestruck, but only in a superficial way. People flock to the sites that can give them minor insights, that cure their curiosity for a little while, the flock to the opportunity to learn a new keyword, or a little bit more about the meaning of a particular paragraph, how they can use it for divination, but when it comes to the real meat of the word, nobody wants it. This is why people do not come to my website. They want the crumbs that fall from the master's table, but they do not want the real meat. That would be asking too much. Why, they might even have to shape up their lives a little bit. Like the multitude by the sea of Galilee, they want the physical substance, but not the real food. They don't want food for the soul, only for the body. They do not think beyond this level and in fact, are not even capable of doing so. Before that happens, they must be shaken out of their lethargy, they must get a rude shock, and in hexagram 51, or as in the Tower card in the Tarot. "Give us this day our daily bread," is the disciples prayer, but most do not realize what it means to have that true bread which comes out of heaven. I suspect no one is reading this blog, but if you have been, I recommend you get down to business, quit playing, and find the meaning of "the manna that came down from heaven." Bite through to the true meaning of the word, (hexagram 21 line 4) and stop playing. Get serious.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Biting Through

And speaking of union, or unity, there are often times when we have to break through barriers to unity. Hexagram twenty one relates a time when one needs to take action, strong action, but in regard to what? In one respect, this refers to breaking through to the barriers that keep us from our true inner work. We must always be ready and willing to take action to work on ourselves, and especially, to come to know our inner selves, as is often called the Sage, or the Superior Man in the I Ching. In the writings of Paul this is referred to as "putting on the mind of Christ." But always and ever we must be on guard for wrongful or innacurate ways of thinking and responding. We must be on guard that the ego does not take over. Hexagram twenty one tells us of our need to break through the barriers that keep us from union with our inner self. It also refers to barriers that keep us from uniting our inner yin and yang, our male and female. Again, it can refer to barriers that keep us from meeting and uniting with our true soul mate, or as some would say, twin ray. The Wilhelm/Baynes commentary says that this is always due to a slanderer and a talebearer. On the physical level this is true. But on another level our ego selves operate in this same manner, always telling us that the ego must keep control, or else bad things might happen to us. But the ego cannot save us. It is too small. It is only the still small voice, from within, that can show us the way.