4. Youthful Folly / Inexperience

“At the first oracle I inform her . . . “ You wish to enter into a situation that is completely new to you. Admit your lack of knowledge and experience. Find a teacher, then follow her advice. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… You are facing a future full of new and challenging circumstances. The Great Load you areContinue reading “4. Youthful Folly / Inexperience”

28. Great Load, Line 6

“One must go through the water. It goes over one’s head. Misfortune. No blame.” Taking the right path now is difficult and dangerous. You will have to pay a price, but there is no blame in the actions you must take. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. This is the last changing line of Great Load. It means, unfortunately, thatContinue reading “28. Great Load, Line 6”

28. Great Load, Line 5

“A withered poplar puts forth flowers.” Don’t exhaust your energies by putting forth a public show of how well you are doing. This is a time to conserve your inner core. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Line 5 also says, “An older woman takes a husband. No blame. No praise.” Meaning: Nothing productive will come of it (children), soContinue reading “28. Great Load, Line 5”

28. Great Load, Line 4

“The ridge pole is braced . . . If there are ulterior motives . . . humiliation.” By being strong and correct, you have gained the support you need. If you become self-important, however, the situation will collapse. …………………………………………………………………………………………… Line 4 describes a further step in carrying a Great Load. You were warned in theContinue reading “28. Great Load, Line 4”

28. Great Load, Line 3

“The ridge pole sags to the breaking point.” There is as much “weight” on your shoulders as you can bear. Add even one more ounce of responsibility and you will collapse. Find a way to reduce your burdens — now. ………………………………………………………………………………………… Yes, this is pretty much exactly what yesterday’s main message said; one of theContinue reading “28. Great Load, Line 3”

28. Great Load

“The ridge pole sags to the breaking point. A dangerous time.” Your burdens weigh you down almost to the point of collapse. Lighten your load — as soon as possible. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. The Book of Changes says: You have taken on more responsibilities than you can safely handle. Likely this was necessary to survive the pandemic,Continue reading “28. Great Load”

43. Resolve, Line 6

“No cry. In the end, misfortune comes.” You may seem to have succeeded, but you must remain strong and correct. A silent attack may be coming. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. You have your used your Resolve to point out a problem, and it seems to have worked — people are paying attention. Action is being taken. But .Continue reading “43. Resolve, Line 6”

59. Dispersion

“The wind drives over the water . . . “ A change will come, breaking up the ice that separates you from others. Strive for flexibility, acceptance, and balance. …………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dispersion is the future of Taming Power of the Small. It brings to mind the power of warm spring breezes to break up the hardContinue reading “59. Dispersion”

9. Taming Power of the Small, Line 1

“Return to the way.” You want to push your way through to what you want. Force is not the answer. Return to the path of balance. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… “The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.” Tao te Ching, Chap. 64 Often translated as “A journey of a thousand miles begins with aContinue reading “9. Taming Power of the Small, Line 1”

9. The Taming Power of the Small

“The taming power of the small has success.” You are restrained in the pursuit of what you want. Small steps will succeed. Pushing won’t. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… You have been working toward a goal, or a destination. Perhaps it is improvement in a relationship, perhaps it’s a promotion at work. Maybe it’s losing 20 pounds. The YiContinue reading “9. The Taming Power of the Small”