Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning, then a light; and at last the sun in his full and excellent brightness.   ~ Thomas Adams

HEXAGRAM 22: PI – GRACE aka ADORNING/BRINGING HOME THE BRIDE ~ KEN-MOUNTAIN over LI-FIRE Beautify, embellish: display courage and beauty; make appearance reflect inner worth; site of radical transformation.

Charge to the ORACLE: Beings cannot come together without a new way to unite. Accept this and use the energy of GRACE

I sat with GRACE for a longer period of time than usual, as I really wanted to understand exactly what the ORACLE was speaking to with this HEXAGRAM. Our lives have truly changed drastically in a month’s time and I wanted to write with clarity. The SAGE advises us to make the best of the situation we all find ourselves in. We are to raise the bar, be beauteous from deep within – at least that is how I interpret the meaning of his/her words. We are not meant to pine away this time on folly but to utilise it to its highest advantage.  Of course we are adapting to our new forced situation, yet finding amazingly creative, yes even elegant, new ways of presenting ourselves to others, of truly connecting with others. 

SITUATION: Be elegant. Be brilliant. Display your valour Let the way you present yourself signal the changes in your life. This is pleasing to the Spirits. Through it they will give you success, effective power and the capacity to bring the situation to maturity. Be flexible and adapt to what presents itself to be doneImpose a direction on things. That brings profit and insight.

SCHOLAR: HEXAGRAM shows an outer limit that produces a radiant display. Beneath the MOUNTAIN there is FIRE. Release tensions and display energy. People can’t come together carelessly…Brighten and clarify all the different parts of how you present yourself. Don’t cut off social processes that are already underway…Use gradual, continuous change to accomplish things in the human world…

This also had me thinking of the grace periods companies, utilities, banks and other businesses are granting their clients. How we’ve had to move into this timeframe with generosity, not the hoarding mentality we’ve all seen and heard about in the press. How we are coming together carefully, but joyfully, with free classes given online to keep people calm, free of anxiety, connecting, and supporting each other in another form of this open hearted generosity. Yes there are others profiting, but on the whole there is a much needed sharing. This is wonderful karma, there will be superb payback; this is GRACE in action.

JUDGEMENT: GRACE shows success. It is not favourable to create form for its own sake…“GRACE shows success” points to the Cosmic Principle revealed by the Sage: a thing’s uniqueness has come successfully to expression. It also means the fulfillment of its destiny while in its form…the SAGE informs that the designs we see in Nature are the ways in which the consciousness of each individual thing expresses its uniqueness.

GRACE expresses either grace as mere ornament, or as beauty coming from within…GRACE is a person’s natural state of harmony and unity with the COSMOS. The collective ego has introduced the idea that neither harmony nor order exist in NATURE, and that it is the human task to impose order upon it. Such a view clearly reverses cause and effect, because all the disorder and disharmony are created by the collective ego’s slanderous views of NATURE, and by its projecting pretentious and hierarchical order onto the COSMOS.

…This is evident in the attempt to engineer harmony through societal conditioning, engineer health, engineer “better nature” through genetic manipulation, and to even engineer weather. Treating the consciousness of NATURE mechanically creates fate for the person who participates in it…FATE cannot be fought, but it can be ended by recognizing the mistaken ideas that have created it, and ridding oneself of them.

The message is really strong and clear here, the ORACLE speaks to how we arrived at this moment of COVID-19. We have traversed, trespassed, and trafficked into territories we should have left in their pristine beauty and wildness, destroying the Rainforest habitats, killing and maiming animals taking them out of their natural surroundings into our civilised domain. They need those bacteria and bugs to survive where they live, they are not the culprits, we humans are responsible. Harming the very EARTH that sustains us. With global warming, scientists are also talking about the melting of the Permfrost, which will release new microbial substances into our hemisphere which could cause more issues:

The results indicate severe deepening of the active-layer permafrost in the watershed and release of previously frozen-lock soil carbon, which also implies enhanced microbial respiration of CO2 with important implications for carbon-climate feedback during climate warming,” said lead author Tommaso Tesi, a researcher at the Italian National Research Council.

This is a time of reckoning, of looking at who we are as individuals, and as a species, and as nations. We are being shown the past shallowness of corporations after the all-mighty big buck, the so-called “Instagram Influencers” with blown-up egos inflating our own ‘me’s’, presenting products and outfits we never really needed, to the current posts and presentations of some of our more conscious “etoiles” now online “au natural” – no makeup, no styling, roots, et al – this is right in our face and wonderfully refreshing. We’re not perfect, and we’re showing it, and we still are okay.

LINE 3: Graceful and moist. Being firmly correct brings good fortune…Can point to a person with the self-image of being complete in himself, with no need for further development. “Being firmly correct” means saying the inner No to this self-image and its flattery. The self-image causes one to look critically at others as undeveloped and oneself as superior. A seed phrase is: “I am more developed than they are.” (other meanings in text)

Direction: Take things in. Be open and provide what is needed. Changes to:

HEXAGRAM 27: YI – NOURISHING aka JAWS/The TIGER’S MOUTH ~ KEN/MOUNTAIN over CHEN/SHAKE Nourishing and being nourished; take things in; the mouth, daily bread; major site of initiation and creative transformation; a seed figure

The newly formed HEXAGRAM speaks clearly to how the virus enters our bodies – the mouth (and nostrils) and about how we need to correct our source of nourishment. Yes we are going through an ordeal, that is true, and many are suffering and succumbing to this virus. Let us not forget them or the courageous caregivers.

This divination is very clear about what we need to contemplate during this time, if not for always. Again, the ORACLE here speaks to how we nourish others, moving away from the ‘ME, ME, ME’ movement to the ‘WE-WE-WE’ future of our Aquarian times. Thinking of the group, my position in the group, how my actions affect everyone else out there, not just my egoistic self.

An ordeal that transforms the Spirit, giving the power to become an individual, free of collective judgements… JAWS means correcting the source of nourishment.

SITUATION: what goes in and out of an open mouth. Take things in to provide for yourself and others. Take in what has been said and done and let it nourish the new…Putting your ideas to the trial generates meaning and good fortune by releasing transformative energy. Contemplate what nourishes people and what you are nourishing. Think about what you give and what you ask for. Seek out the source of what goes in and out of your mouth and the mouths of others. The answer to your question lies there.

SCHOLAR: HEXAGRAM figure shows previous accomplishments being swallowed to nourish new growth. Within the MOUNTAIN there is THUNDER. Provide what is needed…correct the way things are nourished and nourish the ability to correct things. Consider your words carefully when you speak with others…Putting your ideas to the trial generates meaning and good fortune by releasing transformative energy if you use them to correct how things are nourished. Contemplate the open mouth. Look at the source of your own nourishment.

The SAGE uses this theme of nourishment to refer both to what is taken in as food, and metaphorically, to what is taken into the psyche as thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. The SAGE distinguishes between what nourishes the true self and what feeds the ego. What nourishes the true self adds to the person’s existing supply of chi energy – life force and will to live – whereas what feeds the ego robs one of chi.

Now to leave you with a bit of GRACE, from my heritage, with a song so frequently played around the world and to honour those who have left us … Bruce Hindmarsh suggested that the secular popularity of “Amazing Grace”…represents the ability of humanity to transform itself instead of a transformation taking place at the hands of God. “Grace” had a clearer meaning to John Newton, who penned the hymn, as he used the word to represent God or the power of God.

Whatever your belief, as we pass through this creative, transformative period, may this space we have been given to stop, slow down, and contemplate how we lived so quickly and unconsciously before the Coronavirus, help us transform our lives and that of our world into a new and better place for all. You might even try a meditation – it just might change how you look at reality.

André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra and who loves to make people happy with all kinds of music. This is an over-the-top version but its great and obviously affected everyone in the audience. The pipes are in my blood and resonate with me to this day.

A dear friend reminded me of this perfect quote from the Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran. I love how it speaks to our current lives, right now, today:

Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

Be well!

My reference texts today were:

 ‘I CHING ~ The ORACLE of the COSMIC WAY’ by Carol K Anthony & Hanna Moog with additional commentary from Stephen Karcher’s  ‘TOTAL I CHING ~ MYTHS for CHANGE’

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