40. Deliverance

“Thunder and rain set in: the image of Deliverance.”

A major change in your approach to your most pressing problem will clear the air and allow a fresh start. Forgive others — and yourself.

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Is your life full of tension and anxiety? A continuing pandemic will do that to you, won’t it?

On top of all the usual worries and concerns, what is your most “pressing problem?” These days, it is often the expectation you can — and should — get things “back the way they were.” That very well may not be possible. The Book of Changes suggests: Give it up. Let it go.

Have a mental thunderstorm. Get it all out. Then let the clear, fresh air in and start with a new, more realistic perspective.

We received no changing lines with Deliverance. This means your Deliverance will be permanent.

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Next: A brand new reading

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44. Temptation

“The inferior thing seems harmless and inviting.”

Something is tempting you. Beware. It is more dangerous than you can foresee.

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Yesterday’s message said: “You are being controlled by the pursuit of ‘inferior pleasures.’ This is the most dangerous of positions.”

Today’s message — which is the Future of The Joyous — says: “The inferior thing seems harmless and inviting. Beware.

Repeated messages like this are the Book of Changes‘ way of saying: Listen up, people!

What Temptation is enticing you? Don’t go there!

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Next: A new message from the Yi.

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58. The Joyous, Line 6

“Seductive joyousness.”

You are being controlled by the pursuit of inferior pleasures. This is the most dangerous of positions.

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What “inferior pleasure” is controlling you? It could be: Drugs. Alcohol. Overeating. A sexual affair. Cell phone and/or computer use.

The Book of Changes says: You have what you need to be Joyous. Lose the “inferior pleasure” that has you in its grip. And do it now.

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Next: 44. Temptation

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58. The Joyous, Line 3

“Coming joy. Misfortune.”

Are you certain you will be happy only if a particular event happens, or if someone close to you changes? You are wasting the life you have now. Enjoy life as it actually is.

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The Book of Changes says: Don’t be looking to the future for happiness. The change you want may come, but then again, it may not.

Be here now. It can be Joyous.

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Next: Line 6. Seductive joyousness.

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58. The Joyous, Line 1

“Contented Joyousness.”

Joy that requires nothing from the outside, and is detached from daily care, is yours now. Enjoy it.

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Now is a time for a happy, easy break from the constant turmoil so many of us live in. Take a moment to assess your current situation. Do you really have to grind your teeth every minute of the day?

The Book of Changes says: Joyousness does not mean you’re so happy that you’re jumping up and down and clapping your hands. You can be just be delighted that you’re alive. Allow yourself to be contented with what is, right now.

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Next: Line 3. Coming joy. Misfortune.

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58. The Joyous

” . . . the superior woman joins with her friends for discussion and practice.”

Your encouragement of others brings benefit to all. Joining hands with those who share your interests and values will help you all stay afloat.

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My blog is back! I’ve been off for several weeks, but today I woke up an hour earlier than usual, feeling full of energy. So I tossed the coins, and received The Joyous.

We must read each message in the light of our own circumstances. Here’s how I personally read this one:

Happiness — The Joyous — will come if I “join with my friends for discussion and practice.” Which means to me: Get back to sharing readings.

The Book of Changes says: “Joining hands with those who share your interests and values will help you all stay afloat.”

So — here is my hand. Let us all float together down the river that is the Tao.

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Next: Line 1. Contented Joyousness

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60. Limitation

Limitation. Success.”

Limiting your expenditures of time and money is the key to sustaining your success. Self-discipline and focus will be required.

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Limitation is the Future of Waiting.

The Book of Changes is saying: You will have to Wait before conditions improve. If you Limit your spending of both time and money during this time, you will emerge with success.

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From: Susan Lee

Due to a number of household disasters that are going to take some time to fix, I am hitting the Pause Button on the Book of Changes for awhile. The Yi and I will be back when I get things straightened out.

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5. Waiting, Line 3

“Waiting in the mud.”

You are in danger of being stuck in the midst of inferior influences. You must Wait to get out, but find firm ground to Wait on. Often, your own indecision is the mud.

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What “inferior influences” are holding you back? Friends who only want to party? Family who think vaccination will harm you more than Covid? A relationship you want to get out of, but fear what will happen when you break up?

The Book of Changes says: You are going to have to Wait until things get better. And . . . you need to find some dry, stable ground to do it on.

Don’t get sucked into the mud of behavior that is not in your best interest.

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Tomorrow: Future: Limitation

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

5. Waiting

“Waiting. If you are sincere, you have light and success.”

You are faced with a danger that must be overcome. Don’t attack it. Wait, secure in the strength of your Inner Truth. Your time will come.

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What danger or difficulty lies ahead of you? Don’t jump into it with your fists flying, but do approach it confidently, with inner strength that is visible to others

R.L. Wing, in her book The I Ching Workbook, explains it this way: “An external approach to inner development can be compared to yoga practices. By adopting certain physical postures of balance and discipline, a resonant chord is struck in the spirit. Such an alignment between the internal and the external creates a more sensitive consciousness, a certain enlightened awareness, and an overall healthy atmosphere.”

We received only one changing line with Waiting, Line 3.

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Tomorrow: Line 3. Waiting in the Mud

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