Hexagram of Contemplation
Their wisdom was unfathomable.
There is no way to describe it;
all we can describe is their appearance.
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?
The Master doesn’t seek fulfillment.
Not seeking, not expecting,
She is present, and can welcome all things.
– Tao Te Ching, Chapter 15
The sun and new moon are in gate 20, the gate of the Now (or the hexagram of Contemplation). This asks us to be mindful of doing what is right when the timing is right. It asks us to be in the “now” and cultivate pure presence.
How do we know when the timing is right to take action? The challenge is always in practicing waiting. We practice being in the place of inner stillness amidst the outer chaos until the urge to act is free and effortless. Then you know the timing is right. So hold your vision and be still. Keep the faith. Be here now.
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