An I Ching meditation on revelations, epiphanies, changes of heart, changes of mind, discovery, and breakthrough…
* The 27th hexagram of the I Ching is called “Providing Nourishment,” and it depicts an open mouth.
* The message of the hexagram, very simply, is about watching what comes in and out of our mouth. It is a hexagram that has a lot to do with nutrition, but it’s also a hexagram that has a lot to do with speaking and talking.
* As Mercury is turning direct in conjunction with Uranus we’re seeing an image of changing our hearts, changing our minds, experiencing an empowering breakthrough, clarifying or gaining insight about ourselves or someone/something else, and because there is a mutual reception between Mercury and Mars right now it’s tempting to speak, shout, blast out whatever this is to everyone …whether that’s via social media, email, or just making sure everyone hears and sees what’s happening for us right now.
* It’s understandable because it’s exciting!
* However, at the outset of a moment of discovery, especially in a cardinal sign like Aries, the seed that is being planted may not be strong enough to withstand inclement weather right away. Put differently, whatever is coming out of our mouths right now, whatever fresh revolution is planting itself in our minds and hearts, it is vulnerable, fresh, barely moving on its own yet, and therefore easily toppled.
* The 5th line of Providing Nourishment says “Turning away from the path, not striving, one seeks enlightenment.”
* What does it look like to experience a revolution, to experience rapid and tremendous growth, but to avoid getting caught up in the power of revolution?
* Imagine for a moment that you’re in a yoga pose, let’s say a balancing pose or an inversion. You realize that you’ve been upside down longer than you’ve ever been before, so you shout it out, “I just passed 2 full minutes of being upside down!!!” Immediately you crash to the floor. Being impressed with your accomplishment crashed your concentration. Being impressed with your milestone made it vanish. The 5th line of Providing Nourishment is like the admonition of Christ to “not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing.” Whatever discovery or revolution we might be experiencing right now, we have to let it take root in the quiet, in the secret, of continued concentration. It will have its day…its news will reach the far corners, and its enthusiasm will rise out and touch others, but for now…watch what comes in and out of our mouth…as soon as enlightenment becomes ambition then ambition becomes disappointment…and disappointment always comes far too soon when the growth and revolution is so young and early!
* The 25th hexagram of the I Ching is called “Remaining Blameless,” and it’s a reminder that good fortune comes to those who do not think about the end results of their actions, who expect nothing from them, but who act from sincerity and presence. How hard is it to stay innocent, to stay sincere, in times of tremendous exuberance? How hard is it for us to not announce and make proclamations about our achievements but to store them up in the heaven of thoughtless devotion?
* Remaining blameless is a reminder to us that the best way to take a revolution forward is to start with practical, and simple actions…actions not done loudly or toward the glory of where we see this revolution leading us in the grand future, but rather into something new, and something small, and something today, this very day.
Prayer: May the seeds of this revolution be planted firmly, with quiet devotion, and may we not mistake our loudest ambitions for the unpretentious secrecy of enlightenment.