Sunday, March 9, 2014

I Ching For The Week of March 10, 2014

#35       Jin     Flourishing

Above   Li      Radiance, fire; brightness that brings clarity and 

Below   Kun   Center of the Earth; that on which everything rests; the
                    basis of all things.

The Wisdom:
You are entering a time of great progress.
Achieving stillness is most important now.
Bring tribe and family together to serve the higher forces.
In this way you will shine and share the light.

In many ways you have been in rehearsal for this time of rapid progress. Now the time to move to center stage is here. You cannot refuse the energy that is coming; it is now not about choice, as you have already chosen—chosen to be at your best and to unfold your fullness at this, your finest hour. Get ready, people, there’s a train a-coming.

All of your recent works focused on the outer and inner planes of your existence have been preparation… preparation for entering fully into this time of rapid progress. The time to move into action is here.  

In times like these, you may feel that your movement forward is thwarted in some ways and that will trigger doubt. Hold tight to your plan, you are not in error, you are backed by a great spirit force, the unseen helpers that have brought you this far will not abandon you now.

Strive for fairness in places and activities where you hold power or influence. Honor those who work with you and for you. If you are solo in your craft or art, honor the dancing spirit who comes as a silent muse to enliven you and to tickle your fancy. Make a relationship with this spirit and it will soothe you for all your days.

Heed well the knowledge that the doorway of desire for abundance in your life is now open and will surely begin to flow—it is your destiny. To keep the continuity of progress in your forward movement, there are vital universal laws and truths that will be of benefit to adhere to.

As you gather the fruits of progress, do not forget how you got here and who has been your support; recognize the ones who have blazed the trail before you. You are gaining an abundance of power, influence, love, and prosperity; share this with your mentors, tribe and family. In this way you are signifying that you are grateful and not being overpowered by the ego. Honor your mentors and guides, both emotionally and spiritually, and give them praise and honor. In this way you are operating in the fullness of gratitude, and gratitude is a catalyst in the alchemical mixture that will deliver you to love, peace, and abundance. When the energy of prospering is present, whether in your business, projects, health, or relationships, you are being given a very special, albeit temporary force.

Coming mercifully into your life now is a very clear and powerful energetic force; it is a currency of sorts.  Spend this currency wisely. Be guided by compassion as you move to examine your patterns of behavior and identify those that have not worked in the past that will surely create obstacles for further progress. Replace these outworn negative patterns with positive actions, thoughts, and prayers.  The words you think are more powerful than the words you say. You must correct and change the words of the inner voice when it speaks of negativity, hurtful actions, or revenge. This is the ego pushing you to go off track merely for a temporary pleasure, or to bask in the ego-light of the work you have done for, and in harmony with, the greater good.

Achieving an inner stillness is crucial now, for it is in this stillness where you will hear and feel the voice of your intuitive wisdom. Look to your practice, whether it is meditation, writing, painting, hiking, tilling the land, or any activity that gets you out of your mind and free from the voice of the judgmental and critical ego.

What is being presented to you is fresh and new and it is imbuing you with confidence and strength. Power such as this can be a tricky thing. The way here is to make sacrifice: Let go of old habits, friends, or associates who are too much work, gift portions of your abundance to those in need, and/or speak up on behalf of those who are powerless. Your abundance will also be expressed in words and kindnesses that you can gift along the way. You may chose to gift material goods, clothing, or books you don’t use anymore. Pass the energy around, all the while shining the light that is emerging to and through you from the very center of the galaxy.  Be a part of your community and tribe with an open heart and a welcoming doorway.

You are perfectly positioned and have prepared and practiced well. Have no doubts about this. Accept fully that you are in the right place at the right time. But just being in place is not enough now: You must activate this earned gift of strength and influence with compassion, dignity, and kindness. Proceeding in this manner with humility will please spirit and open many doors that have previously been closed and often unseen. Spirit is with you and watching you and assisting you in finding direction. You once were lost, but now you are found and it was this dancing spirit that led you out of darkness and into the light.

This flourishing that is in bloom is making way for a beautiful and full journey for you and your family, tribe, and associates. Often on journeys such as this, you will encounter obstacles and difficulties on the way toward your goal of peace and abundance; this is the natural order of things. Progress itself breeds these challenges, and they must be met head on. Obstacles can be easily dealt with by being very aware as you plan your moves and actions. Be certain you are not hiding your truth or trying to be “reasonable.” To deal with any angst that will arise, and to insure continuing progress and preserve your sanity, be grateful, cherish the love all around you, and remain centered and calm through your spiritual or physical practice. Find a place in your life to give back, to be of service, and through it all, find your stillness, your confident center. Gratitude for this time and for your gift of life and tribe is an elixir that will insure your clarity on this adventure of living in a body on earth.

You will be of great influence now in your social, familial, and tribal circles. Set goals and work together to accomplish better communication as you move forward and reap your rewards. Do not let yourself slip into judgment or conservatism. Operate with abandon socially and in communication with your loved ones. Be of unconditional love; surprise the ones who have been there for you through the most difficult times. Plan a fiesta, and gather the tribe together for a celebration of life. Be intimate and affectionate to those around you. Embrace your brilliance and illuminate the dark corners of the psyche so that with this light, the truth will shine like the sun at midday.

Open your mind and heart to the art and ideas of the indigenous peoples of your geography, go to them and listen to the soothing and somehow familiar messages that have remained through the ages. Open your eyes as well as your ears and hear the secrets and see the visions waiting for you. The ancestors, whether your direct antecedents or not, have left coded messages in the great storehouse of knowledge: the writings, songs and feasts for the eyes that have remained. The ancient messages have remained for you to discover and embody, and to be signposts for the world’s residents to discover along the road to peace and prosperity for all. The gifts on the path are great, you need only to find a stillness of mind for them to be shown to you.

The earth is entering a golden age where, with effort, dignity, compassion, and kindness, we can join as one with Gaia and all her sentient beings to find again peace on Earth and good will to all.

In LaK’esh ...

I am the other you…Happy new age…


Daily Words of the Buddha for March 09, 2014

Susukhaṃ vata jīvāma,
verinesu averino.
Verinesu manussesu,
viharāma averino.

Happy indeed we live,
friendly amidst the hostile.
Amidst hostile people
we dwell free from hatred.

Dhammapada 15.197

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Pāli Word a Day for March 09, 2014

pamoda— delight, joy

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pāli Word a Day for March 07, 2014

kalyāṇasahāya — having the companionship of good people who have wholesome qualities

Daily Words of the Buddha for March 07, 2014

Attā hi attano nātho;
ko hi nātho paro siyā?
Attanā hi sudantena,
nāthaṃ labhati dullabhaṃ.

One truly is the protector of oneself;
who else could the protector be?
With oneself fully controlled,
one gains a mastery that is hard to gain.

Dhammapada 12.160

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Ching For The Week of February 17, 2014

#24       Fu   Returning

Above   K'un     Earth
Below   Chen    Thunder


The Wisdom:
Cycles and seasons
Are not under your control;
They have their own timing 
And cannot be rushed;
Neither can they be stopped.

In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.
The winds of change are here and there is nothing you can do to stop, alter, enhance or influence the course of this new season that is on presentation.  

Thinking and analyzing will not bring about a change in the seasons. Just as we trust that summer will follow spring, now we must either trust the energy of returning or get embroiled in an unpopular and unsolvable puzzle of obstacles on a road leading nowhere. So it is with your situation now. Don’t think it through; this is not the time to analyze your situation, you have done that and you are exhausted from it. Give yourself, and those around you, a break.

Your benefit now is to return to where in your body and soul this recent and exhausting cycle began, back to the roots, back to the roots when innocence and hope were magically fueling your every move.

Surrender… and let this cycle of gradual progress toward love and success happen with no thinking. Know that the coming tide moving you inevitably forward is unstoppable. Let it happen. Allow yourself to ride a wave to the shore, arriving refreshed and rested, not tired and weak from effort. It is your choice.

The necessary re-birth will be realized not by pushing forward through the jungle of old patterns and promises. The energy will be found by returning, by following the breadcrumbs left on the path so you could find your way back, from whence you came. In you was a knowing that was seated somewhere in the recesses of your monkey mind, the primitive sense of wisdom, where you knew this time would come. Go back and recover the treasures of life that you left behind to gain and get where you were going.  Return to the dignity of the human being, return and be.

It is not human doing that is meant for us, it is human being.

Just be fully present as you let melt away the patterns that no longer serve you and have kept you from loving and living in harmony with Gaia.

Nature waits to guide you back to where success and abundance is waiting for you. When you get there, it will be somehow familiar like remembering some line from a book you read or that was read to you as a child. It is in that light of innocence where you will find the power of the creative and the strength to bring to completion that which you most desire, that which you had in mind when this cycle…this very long cycle began.

Remove all obstacles
By achieving
An empty mind,
A beginner’s mind.

This hexagram, Fu, indicates that this cycle of renewal and returning will bring a longed-for, deserved relief. And it is in this aura of relief that what you need will come to you.

Don’t be surprised when you find members of your tribe coming your way to fill the gap of aloneness that you have been feeling. They could not find you before; you were behind a wall of self-involvement and judgment that obscured who your authentic self truly is. Let your fellow pilgrims into your heart; talk story with them; let yourself be loved. You have been so damn good at giving and fixing; now is the time to shut the f up and receive.

Be still now and quiet your mind. Be quiet, so you can hear the words that are spoken by the rustling of leaves in the wind, that the birds sing and that your inner wisdom has wanted you to hear. Find your practice and just do it. Hike, meditate, visit sacred places and the people who are sacred to you. This is a magical time; you are required to do nothing but be clear, patient, compassionate, and kind. This mixture, which is contained in the sage message of Fu, is true alchemy, leading to an abundant life lived well with compassion, kindness and dignity.
This is a time you will long remember. Be grateful—and take notes.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Pāli Word a Day for February 10, 2014

ṭhiṭika — standing, lasting, enduring; existing, living on

Daily Words of the Buddha for February 10, 2014

Udakañhi nayanti nettikā;
usukārā namayanti tejanaṃ;
dāruṃ namayanti tacchakā;
attānaṃ damayanti paṇḍitā.

Irrigators regulate the rivers;
fletchers straighten the arrow shaft;
carpenters shape the wood;
the wise control themselves.

Dhammapada 6.80

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom, 
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita


"The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

~ A. Einstein


I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.

I Ching For The Week of February 10, 2014


#47 -- Kun:   Confinement

Above --  Dui -- Open, responsive; free movement with no blame or judgement

Below --  Kan -- Gorge, precipice, water; moving without hindrance; radiant clarity


The Wisdom:

Bring old relationships to a close
Dismiss sadness
Gather energy for a bold move
You are in a state of confinement.
Words will not set you free.

Trust no one who is attempting to sway you with words of praise or offers of precisely what it is you have wanted and have dreamed of. There has been a breakdown in the code, the code within language. You have made great efforts to communicate clearly and to purify your intentions and intuition. The work has been good, but now you are at your limit and you must lay back. If you were to proceed in this condition—that of intellectual and emotional exhaustion—you would be not only confined as you are now, you would be caught in a trap that even time itself would not release you from for a very long time.

In the preceding lessons of the I Ching, great credence has been placed on being in your truth in your communications with your tribe, associates, and in your relationships. This was good, even sage, advice for the time. But times have changed, as they will. A cycle that has been difficult, which has contained many benefits, has come to an end. That cycle called on you to be honest, forthright, and to communicate with clarity so that you could move toward, and achieve, your goals for yourself and for the greater good.

Now, while in this current period of confinement and faced with adversity, you feel you should have the ability, because of your attention to the process, to speak all the right words that would embody your ideas, and this should, in a perfect world, carry you to the next stage of development and set you free. But as a cycle ends, your words are either literally not heard or ignored. If they are heard, they are misconstrued and to others take on the opposite meaning to what you intend. This is what the code is breaking down means. If you were to proceed now, using your words to pave the way, you would surely hit obstacle after obstacle, and the state of intellectual and emotional exhaustion you are in could manifest as a physical breakdown.

It is not an illusion that aspects of your life force are bottled up; the feeling that they must somehow be released is very real. At this time you must look in a different direction, beginning by looking inward for the sustenance needed to continue. It will not come from outside advice.

In dealing with this turning point, in so many aspects of your life, there is much to consider. There are places that appear to be doing well, yet other areas seem dry, confined, and hopeless. Kun has appeared now because of difficulties that have in the past caused you to despair and become sad or depressed. This is where the message of this hexagram is of great assistance. Know that this situation, which is omnipresent, is temporary, and that the assistance needed to regain the proper life flow that will replenish you emotionally, spiritually, and physically is within reach; it is, in fact, within. The only way that relief will find you is for you to take the time to rest, re-create, breathe, and remain positive, knowing that this is the end of an exhausting cycle and the beginning of a new, enlivened, and exciting one; in fact, it is a renewal of life and of the life force.

Your truth now will be made evident not by your words but by your actions. You must exert your will in all situations that are confronting you, for it is your willpower that is your greatest ally as you begin to break through what has been binding you and suppressing you. It is a great frustration when your words are not heard and the words you hear from others cannot be trusted at face value. These are challenging times, as you are regaining your strength and are remembering your sense of purpose.

Stillness is most powerful now. In stillness make your plan—you must have a plan—and look inward for the strength to continue. This is where your greatness will be found.

The way to gain the strength that will release your chi, your life force, is to undertake a plan of rest and recuperation. Plan this time of recouping your energy and strength as you would plan a battle—well thought out, and organized. Leave no place open where you could be caught unaware. Once this commitment is made, all will begin to fall into place, and recovery, creativity, and success will follow.

Rest in this situation might mean a literal resting time, or it could be simply a retreat from trying to fix what is seemingly going wrong, change people’s minds, or make an old way of thinking work for you. The current cycle is swiftly changing; be assured the light needed to remove oppression and to recuperate from exhaustion is coming your way.

You will reap positive results from being in confinement and experiencing oppression. When dealt with properly, you will breed great and useful creativity in honing your craft and in your plans for your success. You will, and must, change your way of handling obstacles and old and tired ways of thinking.  Above all, do not let this confinement piss you off and cause you to become cynical or strike out in anger or maliciousness. If you take that road, all will be lost, and you will not be able to benefit from the teaching given to you by Spirit in your situation.

In your rest and retreat you will begin to hear, understand, and learn to speak the code of the new language that will emerge in this coming cycle. This will put you at the forefront, at the head of the class, while others remain in their struggle, conflict, and drama.

In this cycle, your wordless actions will be of great benefit. You will learn when not to speak and when to hear beyond words to the underlying truth held in the unspoken code. This is a lesson in understanding that unlocks the mysteries of the universe that have been held as secrets by priests, shamans, and sages for eons. As we are moving into this new age of enlightenment, it is lessons like these that we will integrate as we change our way of thinking, speaking, and listening. In these times you will have the opportunity to access help from unexpected places. You will leave old, stale relationships behind as you move forward in your understanding of your sense of purpose and in forming new, positive associations. Look deep into yourself. You will find the strength needed to continue as you reflect in stillness.

If you feel, in these days ahead, a broken or troubled heart, embrace it and stay steady; suffering will give way to greatness and joy. It is the Way.

Much love . . . In lak’ech



Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?

The awareness that stirs within each of us is continuous with the wider awareness that moves all around us, bending the grasses and lofting the clouds. Every organism partakes of this awareness from its own angle and place within it, each of us imbibing it through our nostrils or through the stomata in our leaves, altering its chemistry and quality within us before we breathe it back into the surrounding world. Awareness, in this biospheric sense, is a quality in which we participate with the whole of our breathing bodies; as your body is different from mine in many ways, so your sensations and insights are richly different from mine.

As you breathe in whatever air surrounds you, become aware. As you breathe out, offer a generous thought to the world around you.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Daily Words of the Buddha for February 08, 2014

Saddhā tarati oghaṃ,
appamādena aṇṇavaṃ.
Vīriyena dukkhamacceti.
Paññāya parisujjhati.

Through conviction one crosses over the flood.
Through heedfulness, the sea.
Through persistence one overcomes suffering & stress.
Through discernment a person is purified.

Sutta Nipāta 1.186

Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu


"She who has reached the maximum of emptiness will be firmly fixed in peace."  ~ Lao Tzu

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Daily Words of the Buddha for February 07, 2014

Aññā hi lābhūpanisā,
aññā nibbānagāminī.
Evametaṃ abhiññāya,
bhikkhu buddhassa sāvako,
sakkāraṃ nābhinandeyya,

One is the quest for worldly gain,
and quite another is the path to Nibbana.
Clearly understanding this,
let not the monk, the disciple of the Buddha,
be carried away by worldly acclaim,
but develop detachment instead.

Dhammapada 5.75

The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita