The voice of the sage is always with us and accessible even during the most trying times. Test this next time you find yourself in one of those lovely arguments with your spouse or life partner. Catch yourself before you reply and listen closely to the voice almost drowned out by the clamor of clashing egos; the quiet inner voice. Your spouse will think this is a new tactic learned on Oprah. Behind the habitual response there is a quiet presence lurking. This is the voice of the sage, God, the higher Self. Listen to the voice, respond to your spouse or partner with loving kindness, aknowledge what they have just told you, and you may save yourself a headache or two.
BTW: if you find yourself embroiled in one problem after another you can thank the ego!
I recommend quieting the mind with a minimum 1/2 hour meditation prior to consulting the oracle. You know your practice. Based on how long it takes you to reach a clear mind, free of discursive thought, give yourself this time, for the ideal reading. Best practice is to consult the I Ching early in the morning or late in the evening well before or after the stress of the day has begun or has time to dissipate. I Ching guidance was established to help you discern the Book of Changes reading for your specific circumstance. I will be adding links, in the near future, so you may request a reading time from me. I have consulted the I Ching for over 30 years and helped friends and family negotiate life’s difficult challenges. You may now a enjoy a free first 15 minute I Ching interpretation on this website.
MODESTY Hexagram 15
The Creative acts to empty what is full
and to offer abundance to what is modest.
This hexagram suggests that a deepening of one’s modesty now is a sure means of improving the situation. There is no power so great as modesty for compelling the assistance of the Sage – nor one so hindering as immodesty. Those in high places who retain their modesty are loved by all and continually prosper; those below who cultivate modesty inevitably rise on the strength of their merits, without making enemies along the way.
But what does modesty mean? Certainly it entails a refusal to boast or act imperiously with others, even in small ways. But beyond this steadfast humility it also means that our effort to discern what is right and then do it is constant; we do not work against ourselves, and we do not indulge in doubts about the wisdom of correct conduct. This unwavering commitment to what is correct might be called “the modesty before the Sage.”
So there is in modesty a component of nonaction – that is, not indulging in arrogant, ego-centered behavior – as well as a component of active effort: looking for opportunities to correct ourselves, to assist justice where there is injustice, to feed where there is hunger, to give solace where there is pain.
Finally and most plainly, modesty means holding to innocence, sincerity, and openness in every situation. To do this is to empty yourself and make room for the blessings of the Creative to take root.
Be modest about your modesty and do not look for recognition or reward. Good fortune accrues to one who remains unassuming and correct.
Do not make a show of modesty. Sincerity entails doing what is needed, without regard for public opinion, then quietly stepping back.
See next post as this Hexagram (with two changing lines above) becomes Abundance (Fullness).
Sogyal Rinpoche ~ A simple practice of meditation
The basics of meditation are actually very simple. Anyone can meditate anywhere, any time. Sit in an upright, comfortable and relaxed position. Keep your mouth slightly open as if you were about to say “Ah”, and breathe through the mouth. Keep your eyes open. Allow your gaze to be relaxed and natural. Don’t focus your gaze too strongly or start a running commentary about what you see. Simply relax your mind. Let your mind be as-it-is: open, spacious, and calm, yet completely aware. Sit quietly: body still, speech silent, mind at peace. Neither block thoughts, emotions, and sensations, nor follow after them. Allow them to rise, but maintain a presence of mind, a center of awareness. When you remain in awareness, you see that your thoughts are not really you. They are passing clouds, not the sky-like mind they pass through. Gradually, you become free of thoughts. You discover the confidence of your true nature and come to rest in natural great peace. This teaching is an extract from a teaching Rinpoche gave in Melbourne in 2013.
Sogyal Rinpoche ~ A Guided Practice of Meditation
This is the seventh part of teaching from Sydney, 5 February 2017. The first part of this teaching can be watched at https://youtu.be/-cb34Uj0MLY The second part can be watched at https://youtu.be/DHX0xx6bVM8 The third part can be watched at https://youtu.be/mWaU-rpSQzw The fourth part can be watched at https://youtu.be/doP8F4fJGFw The fifth part can be watched at https://youtu.be/WP7vNlJgBUQ The sixth part can be watched at https://youtu.be/8GZ1C3zD-cA The eighth part can be watched at https://youtu.be/QxIslzLItPg