A Guide to Life’s Turning Points

iching2In continuing to look at art and it’s role in the enjoyment and evolution of the spiritual journey, we have once again found ourselves appreciating divination as a means of participating with reality in a more creative and empowered way. This week we look to the I-Ching for a general tune-in/ check up to see how we are doing as a whole, and what may be useful to know about what lays ahead for Magic-Flight. The I-Ching is an ancient Chinese oracle that uses the throwing of coins to answer questions or help assist in achieving clarity in decision making. Questions are answered in the form of assigning an archetypal pattern to be applied to your issue. Many find this juxtaposition of the personal and the transpersonal to bring about clarity of meaning in a way that is simple and dependable.  I-Ching (pronounced ee- ching ) can be translated as “Book of Changes” or “Guide to Life’s Turning Points”. This classic text boasts many different translations, all revealing different subtleties in the teachings of this abundant source of perspectives that shape human experience of life and our relationship to nature. For example today, in asking the question:

“What would be most useful to know about the next phase of Magic-Flight’s journey?”

We received the following “Hexagram” as these energetic prescriptions are called.

Water and Earth

Pi/ Holding together (Union)

“A time for creating union with others in order to compliment or assist one another…In order for your unions to bear the greatest possible fruit, certain requirements must be met…The first requirement for holding together with others is that we hold together with our own inner truth…The second requirement for holding together with others is that we steadfastly resist the clamoring of the emotional inferiors within ( fear, doubt, despair, and anger)…Finally, it is the responsibility of those who would unite to see that it is possible for others to enjoy the union as well. The desire for community is deeply felt by all humans, and it is the shared responsibility of all those on the higher path to make some sort of family available to those in need.”

We find this especially meaningful an answer, because from the beginning, we have always asked ourselves at each “turning point”, if it was possible to make a decision with the health of the whole community in mind. Aphorisms from our cannon of contemplations, such as the one that accompanies the power adapter:

“Possibilities Connect People- Fear Separates them. Always ask Questions” 

and the aphorism on our muad-Dib Concentrate vaporizer:

“ Intimacy Implies Loyalty” 

are both offered as insights into aspects of relationship that must be attended to if a community’s longterm health is of concern to those involved and those benefiting from the communion and unity at hand. It is one thing to call forth a group of people with shared goals and values and embark on a shared journey. It is another thing entirely to commit to embodying those values in every interaction, and we appreciate this Ancient Oracle’s way of saying that at this particular fork in the road, we are called upon to check in with this topic of inquiry that has always been our primary motivation for doing what we do.

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