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Friday, November 21, 2014

Tao1776 in 2014 is blessed with Gaia Girl aka Qilin approaching Chinese New Year 2015


Gaia Girl and I have sought to follow the Taoist path together during our last four years. Issues created via the difficulty of trying to sell my home; my residence and where I raised four children and lived with a wife who helped creating troublesome, thirty disfiguring years. Her spirit continued even after State Law had led her away.
In many ways her well known witch residual was often sent our way. Known well as "Negative Energy" dislike, hatred, and a feeling of ongoing pestilence created our ongoing "trying to live" in the old family home always ongoing as a painful residence.
When led outside, away from the Taoist path, following is found transfigured. Transfiguration is often dis-endowed. Taoists, to quote "On Being Different" as told through BB: we invite ourselves to be different.
Being off the path, life is filled with a wondering on what to do. How to respond. How to act. Assuming deep psychological illumination in an effort to decide. Within the pathway of Taoism a natural confidence and guidance echos the words through Lao Tzu:

Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world. 

Qilin, (my bride to be unicorn) is said to appear with imminent arrival of a Sage. Hmmm, sounds good to me.
You?


Thursday, November 13, 2014

We're on our way, another home!







Katie Chicken is our number one chicken. Not that we named her number one. She just radiates beyond our group of girls and they too accept her for who or what she is. She is smart, fun and an independent girl.

We currently have 15 girls where in the past we once had as many as 22. Our house is being sold. We are moving! We've decided to leave for the new and rather young family approx 9 where we will bring Katie and the remainder to their new home.

Luscious Katie, without question is number one! Besides, she comes into the house for visits and snacks. She has sung while I played the blues. She has ridden in the truck with me. I sometimes wonders that maybe she was a dog in her past life!






Come over and visit!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Key to Taoism - you must first accept yourself and learn to accept what is going on around you. You must accept both the good and bad parts of your life and flow with the path life sends you on.

3.  Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning
 K´an, the Abysmal
  dangerous
  water
  second son Sky's two strokestrait 66   
trait 95Kên, Keeping Still
  resting
  mountain
  third son  

K´un, the Receptive
  devoted yielding
  earth
  mother 
 
Man's two strokestrait 64 
 Chên, the Arousing
  inciting movement
  thunder
  first son trait 83 
Earth's two strokestrait 82 
trait 91  


  Yi Jing Introduction Table of content – I Ching, the Book of Changes

This famous system of 64 hexagrams plus their commentaries and trans­for­mations is at the root of Chinese thought. Tr. Wilhelm (en, fr).
































































3.  Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning
 K´an, the Abysmal
  dangerous
  water
  second son Sky's two strokestrait 66   
trait 95Kên, Keeping Still
  resting
  mountain
  third son  

K´un, the Receptive
  devoted yielding
  earth
  mother 
 
Man's two strokestrait 64 
 Chên, the Arousing
  inciting movement
  thunder
  first son trait 83 
Earth's two strokestrait 82 
trait 91   
  
  
  
  
  
    current       binomial       swap trig.       opposite       flip   X leading master   X constituent master

The Hexagram


Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning
Above K'AN THE ABYSMAL, WATER
Below CHÊN THE AROUSING, THUNDER
The name of the hexagram, Chun, really connotes a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth–hence the meaning, "difficulty at the beginning. " The hexagram indicates the way in which heaven and earth bring forth individual beings. It is their first meeting, which is beset with difficulties. The lower trigram Chên is the Arousing; its motion is upward and its image is thunder. The upper trigram K'an stands for the Abysmal, the dangerous. Its motion is downward and its image is rain. The situation points to teeming, chaotic profusion; thunder and rain fill the air. But the chaos clears up. While the Abysmal sinks, the upward movement eventually passes beyond the danger. A thunderstorm brings release from tension, and all things breathe freely again.

The Judgment


DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.
Nothing should be undertaken.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.
Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. But these difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling to attain form. Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there is a prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger. When it is a man's fate to undertake such new beginnings, everything is still unformed, dark. Hence he must hold back, because any premature move might bring disaster. Likewise, it is very important not to remain alone; in order to overcome the chaos he needs helpers. This is not to say, however, that he himself should look on passively at what is happening. He must lend his hand and participate with inspiration and guidance.

The Image


Clouds and thunder:
The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING.
Thus the superior man
Brings order out of confusion.
Clouds and thunder are represented by definite decorative lines; this means that in the chaos of difficulty at the beginning, order is already implicit. So too the superior man has to arrange and organize the inchoate profusion of such times of beginning, just as one sorts out silk threads from a knotted tangle and binds them into skeins. In order to find one's place in the infinity of being, one must be able both to separate and to unite.

Lower line


Nine at the beginning means:
Hesitation and hindrance.
It furthers one to remain persevering.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.
If a person encounters a hindrance at the beginning of an enterprise, he must not try to force advance but must pause and take thought. However, nothing should put him off his course; he must persevere and constantly keep the goal in sight. It is important to seek out the right assistants, but he can find them only if he avoids arrogance and associated with his fellows in a spirit of humility. Only then will he attract those with whose help he can combat the difficulties.

Fourth line


Six in the fourth place means:
Horse and wagon part.
Strive for union.
To go brings good fortune.
Everything acts to further.
We are in a situation in which it is our duty to act, but we lack sufficient power. However, an opportunity to make connections offers itself. It must be seized. Neither false pride nor false reserve should deter us. Bringing oneself to take the first step, even when it involves a certain degree of self- abnegation, is a sign of inner clarity. To accept help in a difficult situation is not a disgrace. If the right helper is found, all goes well.

Fifth line


Nine in the fifth place means:
Difficulties in blessing.
A little perseverance brings good fortune.
Great perseverance brings misfortune.
An individual is in a position in which he cannot so express his good intentions that they will actually take shape and be understood. Other people interpose and distort everything he does. He should then be cautious and proceed step by step. He must not try to force the consummation of a great undertaking, because success is possible only when general confidence already prevails. It is only through faithful and conscientious work, unobtrusively carried on, that the situation gradually clears up and the hindrance disappears.

Upper line


Six at the top means:
Horse and wagon part.
Bloody tears flow.
The difficulties at the beginning are too great for some persons. They get stuck and never find their way out; they fold their hands and give up the struggle. Such resignation is the saddest of all things. Therefore Confucius says of this line: "Bloody tears flow: one should not persist in this. "
MUTATION :

The Hexagram


Chin / Progress
Above LI THE CLINGING, FIRE
Below K'UN THE RECEPTIVE, EARTH
The hexagram represents the sun rising over the earth. It is therefore the symbol of rapid, easy progress, which at the same time means ever widening expansion and clarity.

The Judgment


PROGRESS. The powerful prince
Is honored with horses in large numbers.
In a single day he is granted audience three times.
As an example of progress, this pictures a time when a powerful feudal lord rallies the other lords around the sovereign and pledges fealty and peace. The sovereign rewards him richly and invites him to a closer intimacy.
A twofold idea is set forth here. The actual effect of the progress emanates from a man who is in a dependent position and whom the others regard as their equal and are therefore willing to follow. This leader has enough clarity of vision not to abuse his great influence but to use it rather for the benefit of his ruler. His ruler in turn is free of all jealousy, showers presents on the great man, and invites him continually to his court. An enlightened ruler and an obedient servant–this is the condition on which great progress depends.

The Image


The sun rises over the earth:
The image of PROGRESS.
Thus the superior man himself
Brightens his bright virtue.
The light of the sun rises over the earth is by nature clear. The higher the sun rises, the more it emerges from the dark mists, spreading the pristine purity of its rays over an ever widening area. The real nature of man is likewise originally good, but it becomes clouded by contact with earthly things and therefore needs purification before it can shine forth in its native clarity.

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