I Ching Wisdom. If you knew the laws of the Universe, knew what brought you good fortune and what misfortune, which actions lead to success and which to failure, would that knowledge be better than gold and diamonds? Would it not allow you to achieve any goal? Have anything you desired?
The ancient sages discovered the laws and set them forth so we could be guided… “The way of the superior person.”
In modern times we rarely hear these terms used, but here they have been preserved and give a sense of who these great sages were, with added flavor to their original form.
Teachings handed down orally around 3,000 B.C was eventually written on bones, called ‘Oracle Bones’.
Love and respect are better than hatred and fear.
Is good to be Orderly, Prosperous, living together in peace and harmony–No harm shall come to you.
King Wen and his sons studied the I Ching, and provided foundation for their dynasty which lasted 800 years, longest in the history of China.
In 551 B.C the great sage and scholar, Confucius, came onto the world scene. When he was past the age of 70 humorously commented, “If some years were added to my life, I would have given 50 of them to the study of the I Ching, and might then escape from falling into great error. Confucius wrote many commentaries to the Book of Changes, most of which are reproduced in other versions of the I Ching.
A situation only becomes favorable
when one adapts to it.
As long as you are angry or upset about an event, you will be unable to perceive it’s beneficial aspects, you may wear yourself out with unnecessary resistance. The event may have been to your complete advantage. Even happy turns of fortune sometimes come to us in a form that seem strange or unlucky. The event is simply that, an event. The way you respond to the event will determine it’s final outcome in your life. You cannot alter the past, why not respond as though the event occurred for your benefit. You will then immediately experience good feelings about the event, which will bleed into your voice and actions, and help bring about that end. Anyone who acts upon this concept will mount through the skies of success as though on the wings of six dragons.
To a person of true understanding
it makes no difference
whether death comes early or late.
He educates and improves himself and uses his time productively. His sense of “You only live once!”, does not spur him on to be a glutton and a drunkard in order to enjoy life while life lasts, nor to yield to sorrow and sadness, therefore spoiling time remaining to him. Secure in knowing that all is one, he is eternally a part of the Universe as are the stars and the trees; as enduring as All-That-Is. Knowing that time is only an illusion in this dimension, he feels no break with time. Understanding this, one need have no fear of death, which is only a transition, like walking through a doorway from one room into another, no more remarkable than any other moment.
By manifesting a humble attitude,
people will naturally want to help you,
and give you good counsel.
It’s part of human nature to love and help the
humble and to resent and oppose the arrogant.
People soon give up counseling an egotistical
person who thinks he knows everything.
Love, do not hate.
Hatred is a form of subjective involvement
that binds you to the hated object.
To the extent you allow yourself to feel hatred,
is the extent you attract haters. Relax and let go
of that person or experience from your thoughts.
To negate hatred, respond with kindness and
shift your thinking to what is wanted.
For power to be truly great
it must remain united with the
principles of right and justice
The inferior person who is concerned only of himself and don’t care if he causes hurt and
trouble for others. This is a degenerative use of power and bodes ill for everyone, especially
the one who wields the power. The superior person, concerned with the principles of right
and justice, uses his power to aid others and improve the general welfare. This bodes well
for everyone, particularly the wielder of the power.
Take not gain or loss to heart.
What man holds high
comes to nothing.
You are not your gain or loss, these are external to you,
and are of no concern to your eternal soul. All gains and
losses pass away when you croak. Do not waste but one
moment, for death is plucking your ears saying, “Live! I
Opposition may appear as an obstruction,
the superior person uses it to his advantage.
The inferior person blames others or circumstances and quits his efforts.
The superior person uses opposition to gather strength, improve himself and
take a more beneficial course of action. He seeks the cause of the opposition
within himself, which becomes an experience of enrichment and education. Take
each ounce of adversity and turn it to your advantage. Feel your strength grow and
you will reach your goals as though on the back of Pegasus himself.
If you see good, imitate it.
If you have faults, rid yourself of them.
This is the most important character attribute you can cultivate,
it will lead to great fortune and success. You will stand out as the
Passion and reason
cannot exist side by side.
When emotions run high and consume you,
rational thinking is out the window. Calmly
look at yourself as someone from the outside
would look in at you. This is when true detachment
is achieved, which then permits rational thinking.
Superior people are
joyous of heart,
yet concerned in thought.
Superior persons are concerned in thought because he knows
all periods of prosperity are followed by times of decline and that
all people are not honest and may only care about themselves. No
matter how weighty his concerns may be, they will never be enough
to dim his inner joy because above all, he is aware of being an
indestructible child of a golden universe.
In the hands of a great master
all material is productive.
He can find a use for the right things and right people for the task at
hand. He is about efficiency and wastes minimally, therefore he always
has enough. He values everyone, therefore everyone values him.
Pleasant manners succeed
even with irritable people.
If you hold steady your pleasant attitude, mood and conduct,
even in the presence of one who seems irritable, you will then
influence them in a pleasing, positive manner.
It is wise
not to obtain anything
That which is obtained by force must be held by force. That constant
exertion drains your powers, invites the censure of others, and inevitably
leads to regret. It is a Universal Law that what you obtain by force will
ultimately bring you misfortune in one form or another. A Superior
person will have none of it.
When one is prosperous
it is important to
possess greatness of spirit
to bear with mistakes of others.
Just as water washes everything clean, the Superior Person pardons
mistakes and also forgives intentional crime, insuring the upward
spiral of his prosperity. The inferior person cannot resist the
opportunity chastise another, and in so doing incurs resentment,
destroys cooperation, and crushes enthusiasm, leading to the
destruction of his own chances for success.
When entangled in a conflict with someone
remain clearheaded and strong. Come
to terms by meeting him halfway.
In times of conflict danger lingers because your opponent may
seek to harm you. Take the opportunity to end the conflict by
meeting him halfway and you will experience security and victory.
To carry on a conflict to the bitter end will leave one feeling opposed,
hostile and bitter.
weakens da power to conquer
It’s time for action, conflict within may cause you to
hesitate. Conflict within a group will prevent the members
from acting as a unit. Conflict weakens. Great or dangerous
undertakings are to be avoided in times of conflict because
achieving success requires a coordinating unity of force.
The small minded person
is not ashamed of unkindness
and does not shrink from injustice.
The inferior person is unconcerned with unfairness or injustice
and as a result of natural law, he will suffer. The superior person
feels diminished by acts of injustice and unkindness, whether
committed by himself or another. He enjoys a life of great
good fortune and contentment.
It is better to go on foot
than to ride in a car
under false pretenses.
It is better to walk honorably and do without than to
ride in a fine Limousine under false pretenses and thus
lose your honor. If you put on an act of having abundance
when in fact you are in need, those that would aid you will
not. Also you diminish yourself in your own eyes and lose
your own self-respect.