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Old Souls and Periods in Life by Peter Deunov 

The first part contains extracts from Peter Deunov on old souls and periods in life, followed by a short description of old souls by myself.


The old souls By Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno):

“There are hints about the New Humanity in the New Testament and specially in Revelation. The Evangelist John, two thousand years ago, saw the woman pregnant with this great idea, the New Humanity, and fixed the number of the chosen ones, the bearers of this idea at 144 000 persons. If you add these numbers 1+4+4 = 9, the number 9 signifies an evolution of men who have all the positive, noble qualities.

Some would say that these l44 000 persons are in heaven. No, they are now here, on earth; they are incarnated among the intelligent people. Some of them are writers; others, poets or men of science; and all of them push humanity forward on the path toward the new idea, toward the Divine.
These are the enemies of darkness, of the fetters that enchain humanity. And the world-wide unrest, this great change that is coming, is due to them. They will turn this world upside down.”

In the spiritual world, old age is determined by the number of times when a person was reborn on Earth. Suppose that one was reborn 500 times for 100 years – 50,000 years. He is an adult.[😄 They are few that incarnate 500 times, even 50 times is many, but the meaning is clear.]

  • Everyone, who does not move, is old, and everyone, who moves is young.
  • Everyone, who does not think is old, and everyone, who thinks, is young.
  • Everyone, who does good, is young, and everyone, who does not do good, is old.
  • Youth and old age – these are internal psychological states in humans.

Dissatisfaction in people is old age, and satisfaction in people is youth. Joy is youth, and sorrow – old age. Health is youth, and disease is old age. Wealth is old age, and poverty is youth. One, who is sluggard, is old, and diligent people are young. Diligence is youth, idleness is old age.

At the age of 33, consciously or unconsciously, people enter a more spiritual life. They find an internal balance.

Youth can be compared to the process of involution, to going down into the matter. This process continues until the age of 33. From the 33rd year onwards, the evolutionary process, the ascending begins. And this process continues for about 33 years.

You have to come to that consciousness, in which you will not get old anymore. When you get to the age of 33, you shall not get older. When you come to the age of 33, you will keep yourself in the way you are at that moment and you will remain young as long as you wish.
Once you learn to love, you will not get older. You will be young, 33 years old. When you grow old, you will take off your old skins and you will rejuvenate in this way.

There is a period of 7 years. Conditions change every 7 years.

  • From the 1st to 7th year – it is a child.
  • From the 7th to 14th year – it is already the second phase; feelings start to develop.
  • From the 14th to 21st year – the mind develops within these 7 years.

In other words, the body grows during the first 7 years. Children, in general, love to eat, they serve their stomachs.
During the second seven years they serve their hearts.

In the third seven years they begin to think a little. That is why students from 14th to 21st year become poets.

At high school, almost all of them write poems.

  • From the 21st to 28th year they become rational.

Things repeat. From the 28th year on, you are in the fourth period. You enter the utmost limit. You are in the causal world. All possibilities are there.
Young children get sick when they start teething. Then inflammation occurs and temperature increases. Girls, at the age of 14, pass through certain painful conditions again. So, in all transitional periods, humans pass through painful conditions, and namely: from the 2nd to the 7th year, from 7-14, from 15-21, from 21-28, from 28-35, etc.

  • From the 1st to 7th year, one passes through the state of growing – a child does not go away from home.
  • From 7th to 14th year, one passes through the phase of an animal – he begins to move freely and goes away from home.
  • From 14th to 21st year, one begins to think, enters the phase of true human.
  • From age of 21 to 42, one again passes successively through all these seven years, through these three phases:
  • from the age of 21 to 28, one is again in the phase of growing.
  • From the age of 28 to 35, one is again in the phase of an animal and from the age of 35 to 42 – in the phase of human.

The first seven years you are in the physical world, the second seven years you are in the astral world, the third seven years – in the mental world, and the fourth seven years – in the causal world. You will pass through these worlds up.

As after 49 years you will be given conditions for something to be repeated for you. If something is not done, the same conditions will be given for you to do what you have missed. If you do not do it again, after 49 years you will have the same conditions. Twice in life you are given conditions for something. So, one is smart if he uses the first conditions.

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On Old Souls – Kim Graae Munch

The old souls live most of their lives without knowing other old souls, actually feeling quite alone and different, even as a paria, often as a servant and underpaid teacher.

They long for company, but are usually disappointed as few understand their thoughts, so they actually feel good alone creating art or making their work to art.

They have of course a karmic relation to the people around them, they have followed them a long time, although some have left and others have come to their group. They have love for them, but they long for a love that are as strong as their own.

If the old souls met each other when they were young, they wouldn’t feel alone, they wouldn’t feel different as they had each other to mirror in. The biggest danger would be if they simply forgot the younger souls and only played with each other, it’s much more fun, they could enjoy each other’s creative ideas.

The old souls learns meekness through feeling different, learns to be a servant, as they know what to do, what the young souls don’t. It’s easier to do it themselves than instruct others.

They are born with love in their soul, they care. But they have to learn to give help to self help, that they can’t handle others problems, others karma, they can’t save the world, bear the burden of the world alone.

Their low self esteem makes them ready to give their life for others, makes them sacrifice their own happiness for others. Happiness are often a dream for them, not necessarily something they have experienced.

But when they sacrifice their life for others they actually make the young soul to an ungrateful junkie of their service.

The largest problem for the old soul is to understand that they are lovable, because they are! Their soul is beauty, truth and loving care, it’s the stuff the soul consists of.

It’s actually a tragedy as most old souls are loved by their surroundings, but they don’t see it, they have been alienated through so many years. They can’t believe it, even when seeing it, and they often obstruct others when they try to show affection or love, not to be disappointed.

They have many problems getting anima and animus loving each other, thought, feelings and inspiration to understand each other, loving their own physical manifestation in the world, filling their heart with joy, love and courage.

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The Etheric Sun and the Rhythm of the Day

I had worked myself down into a work depression through seven years, from 42 to 49. At 49 I began the ascent from this depression, what I later found out was called the Dark Night of the Soul. I was guided through this ascent primarily through dreams, but also other ways. I was instructed about when to sleep and when and what to eat, and much more. In this ascent I lost 50 pounds and did away with a candidiasis.

But this is about the rhythm of the day, why and when to sleep and something about sleeplessness in the Dark Night of the Soul.

I was told I should sleep between 10pm and 6am, and and I found out the best sleeping time was between 10pm and 2am (22 to 2 looks better 😊.)

I have thought much about why it was so, and I found that Ayurveda described some rules about the different periods and their meaning, but it actually didn’t explain why. But the other day I remembered that the etheric sun was diametrically opposed the physical sun, it went north when the physical sun went south, and the etheric sun must go up when the physical goes down, the physical shines on us by day and the etheric sun shines on us by night, and in that way sends energy down to us all around the clock.

So midnight is midday in the etheric world, where the ether energy is at its highest.

It also explains why it is easier to sleep between 9 and 10 pm than from 10 pm and forward, the etheric sun rays are much stronger after 10pm so the energy we receive is much more intense and makes it difficult to sleep.

And it explains why Its better to sleep at night.

When we sleep in daytime there is very little etheric energy available, so our etheric body don’t restitute correctly and it often leads to stress and depressions.

Another thing is that certain beings use the darkness in the etheric world to gain access to our lone etheric body, some taking away the energy of the etheric body and others trying to get into the body, so we wake feeling weaker.

In connection with the Dark Night of the Soul, I was told that I shouldn’t eat or drink anything later than 6:45pm, a curious time, why not 7, but my best guess is that it depends on longitude and time zone, but I haven’t looked more into it. The reason was that the physical body should disturb the etheric body with activities in the digestive system.

I should sleep at 9:45pm and I woke at 5:45am sharp every morning. And it was independent of summertime, I woke curiously enough 5:45am before and after the shift.

Later in the process I slept from 10pm (9:45) to 2am, and was awake and contemplating the rest of the night. From 10pm to 2am the etheric sun is highest and strongest, filling the etheric body with energy, and from 2am to 6am the astral body work on the etheric body, using the rest of the etheric sun rays to work by.

Danish: Døgnets rytme, søvn og søvnløshed.

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The Seven Stages up the Spine

In the series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” there is a short but good description of the seven chakras.

Most that see it think of it as cute, but it’s actually ingenious, and a good example that shows gold nuggets can be found everywhere.

Let’s us now look at the steps up the chakras:

  1. Root Chakra – Earth. This is the most physical chakra and is about basic survival. The problem is fear: Understand that what you fear is illusionary.
  2. Hara Chakra – Water. This is the etheric chakra and is about life and pleasure. The problem is guilt: We should learn to forgive ourselves, accept the reality and release all the guilt and blame within us.
  3. Solar Plexus – Fire. This is the astral chakra and is about willpower. The problem is shame that blocks the will and disappointment in yourself. Release the shame.
  4. Heart Chakra – Air. This is the soul chakra and is about love. The problem is grief, sadness and sorrow, make it conscious, examine it and then accept it as it is, letting the pain dissolve. Then let yourself be filled and renewed with love and joy.
  5. Throat Chakra – Sound. This chakra is about truth and the negative side is lies we tell ourselves: our wishful thinking, our opinions. We must create a genuine love of truth.
  6. Third Eye – Light. This chakra is about duality: our belief that we are separate from the rest of humankind, from the rest of creation.
  7. Crown Chakra – Thought. Cosmic contact with the higher hierarchies. The problem is attachment to the physical. Whereas the first six chakras are steps we have to take, the seventh is by Grace when we have passed the test of the first six.

It has Greek subtitles, but they can be turned off in the Settings/Subtitles.

Fear, guilt, shame, grief, lies, duality and attachment, are all problems in ourselves, but we project them out on the world.

  1. Fear. We give the surrounding world as reason for our fear, but what we fear is our own invention.
  2.  We search for everything that we can feel guilty about: We often take responsibility for things that are not our responsibility. We give a child (ourselves as child) responsibilities that even a grown up can’t bear.
  3. Shame. We are ashamed of who we are, that we don’t live up to our own often childish expectations. This feeling of shame often creates a constant repressed anger, waiting to explode.
  4. Grief. Our heart is void of love: we feel alone, feel unloved, feel godforsaken. We don’t see all the people that love us; we don’t give them possibility to show their affection because we are afraid of rejection.
  5. Lies. Our opinions, subjective truth, illusions and everything that hinders us seeing the world as it is, or makes us afraid of losing face, all destroy the love and joy of truth.
  6. Duality. Our great illusion is that we are separate from others: that it is ‘them and us’, that we are in conflict with the world, when in reality we are the world.
  7. Attachment. We believe that the physical world has significance in itself.

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The three lowest chakras are paired with the three highest chakras, and they are transformed together. Fear and attachment are connected; guilt and duality are connected; shame and lies are connected. Grief stands alone and is the catalyst of the others. The heart is about love, and grief is lack of love. Attachment is caused by fear, and guilt is the result of belief in duality – you have done something to another, without understanding that you have done it against yourself. Shame is the result of lies, of illusions.

 

References

Steiner on the Chakras: Some Results of Initiation

Buddhas Eightfold Path, about the throat chakra: The Eightfold Path

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The Mystery of Infatuation and the Now

I looked at infatuation a few weeks ago, and wrote a piece about it in Danish, but I now got a good occasion to translate and rework it into English.

Infatuation can turn the world up and down for most people, both the happy, but especially the unhappy love stories.

Most people form some opinions and prejudices about other people, especially if they have lived with someone before, ie. we have formed images of the opposite sex, which are completely shaped by an intolerable old partner, or we can have some impressions from our parents marriage, what especially make strong impressions in connection with arranged marriages.

Now-is-where-love-breathes-RumiThe infatuation makes us forget our opinions and prejudices, so we don’t project them on the innocent chosen one. We get the opportunity to learn to know the new person and thereby overwrite the deeply printed opinions from our previous experiences.

There is only the problem, that we may fall in love with a person who resembles the old partner without being warned by our prejudices.

In arranged marriages, the parties are missing the infatuation, so they always project their prejudices, fears and expectations on the partner. And it can be scary.

All our opinions are stored in the solar plexus, in the astral body, but the infatuation raises us up into the heart, into the soul, completely without reservation, the heart lives in the moment, enjoying the moment fully.

So living in the Now is like falling in love, what we can see in the descriptions of many saints and masters, like Rumi.

When we live in fear, anger, hatred, desire or whatever, our consciousness is in solar plexus and all the conflicts we experience become stored there, as opinions.

When we live happily, our consciousness is more in the heart, but if we are overwhelmed by anger or fear, we abruptly sink into solar plexus again and all the negativity we have collected, fill again our consciousness.

It’s what happens in the dark night of the soul, we sink deeply into the dark subconsciousness of solar plexus, and our goal is to solve these dark opinions, it’s spring cleaning, so the sun can shine down into the distant corners of our subconscious mind, and we can raise up into the heart without ever being bothered by darkness from the subconscious again.

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Love – Initiation – The Dark Night of the Soul

This is from a dialog with a friend.
When we have gone through all our karmic challenges up through life, the push from karma stops, there is nothing more to do, there is nothing worth doing any more, we have tried it all. This is called the Dark Night of the Soul after a book by John of the Cross.

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Contemplative Lifestyle in the Dark Night of the Soul

We are just alone with ourselves, as if God has left us, we are sinking down into our own subconsciousness, or maybe we just got so much peace that we have time to look around in our soul.

We are in a depression that can have different reasons, like work or family reasons, or both.

In all cases the darkness is caused by lack of love in the heart, we haven’t loved and we haven’t been loved for some time, one reason or the other.

The darkness is the karmic residues from our life that we haven’t solved yet, and through contemplation, change of lifestyle, that often are extremely unhealthy, like:
  • having made night as day,
  • filled with junk food,
  • too much electronic entertainment,
  • addicted to chemical substances as drugs like prozac, alcohol and narcotics.
Sometimes it’s necessary to handle parasites like Candida albicans, ringworm and other skin problems, intestinal worms or polyps various places, that also infests the etherbody.
All of these things, and more, will life/fate helps us to recognize if we have it as problems and we don’t fight fate, what we often do, we don’t want to let go of all our lesser desires.
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On the way out into the light

Through solving our karma, light begins coming down into our darkness, and with the light returns love to our hearts, but it may take time.

Criticism is the worst danger for love, it both kills the love in sender and receiver, so life/fate may separate pairs in a period to make room for restoring the love in their heart.

Chakras and karmic periods

We have 7 periods of about 7 years, it’s the planet Saturn’s main aspects to the birth horoscope that create these periods, and each period have to do with a chakra from the root chakra and up.

The Spiritual Layers of Man

Karmic Periods and Man’s spiritual bodies

It means that in each seven year period we handle the karma connected with each chakra.

Each period also relates to the incarnations where we started working on the chakra, we meet the people we have created the karma with, so we can solve it together.

When we are in the dark night, karma have mostly stopped working on us, so the inner planets, Saturn and in, are only weak in influence, the three outer planets are the hierophants forming our initiation, especially Pluto, their transits to the birth horoscope are extremely strong, and often the same transit happens three times, forward, backward (retrograde) and forward again.

First transit starts the project, the retrograde tells when the problem is understood and the last transit that it’s hopefully solved. These transits are very precise on the day, if our birth date is precise, on these days something relevant happens, usually within but often outside too.

End of karma

When we have no karma anymore we are for the first time in danger, karma keeps us safe, now we have become free agents, but, of course, we don’t know how to behave as a free agent. So contemplate, don’t run around as a drop on a frying pan.

All people have a guardian angel up through life, it’s a discarnated person from our karmic group.

In the dark night we may have around four helpers following us, it can be necessary to influence the physical world to save our lives if we act stupidly enough, or we need guidance in various ways. I have once been told that they saved my life because I behaved erratically, what I did.

Around the fifties Pluto transits itself, this is a very strong transit, and we can feel it nearly physically. But Uranus and Neptune returns are also strong.

As I wrote above, karma is a playpen, within its fence we are protected, everything that happens have been planned, so we are not in danger, except if something magical intervene, but that is very seldom.

We are used to be in the playpen, it’s very secure, but when karma disappear, when we are let out of the playpen, when we can’t feel the fence any longer, it’s unnerving as if God have left us.

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The three main players in our consciousness

Sentient, intellectual and consciousness soul have been merged together all our lives, acting as one, with most thinking in the sentient soul, but with I consciousness in the intellectual soul.

In the dark night these three are loosened from each other, they become awake all three, and especially the sentient soul feels alone, feels as if God have left it.

The last unhandled karma blocks the life coming from the intellectual soul, from the I, so the life energy and love from the soul can’t be felt. It feels as if God have left it in utter darkness, that it is on its own.

There are no goals anymore, the intellectual soul had the grand view, had the goals, the sentient soul can’t handle decisions ranging more than 24 hours, long range decisions go invariably wrong. That’s also why we may have difficulties following our own decisions from day to day.

We, the sentient soul, shall concentrate on the now, contemplate, handle the last karma, opening up to the intellectual soul, to the I.

When karma begins to disappear light begins shining down into the sentient soul, there may also come a ray of love from the soul, where we may shed a tear of love, our heart feels vulnerable.

Synchronicity – Guidance

When our sentient soul are separated it’s very vulnerable, it don’t have the help from the intellectual soul, it need constantly help from the spiritual world to not go wild.

The soul can help by taking energy away from bad ideas and the guardian angels can manipulate fate so that phone seller’s ring in the second you are about doing something stupid or letting a light bulb explode in such a situation or other things.

If you open a book at a random place or open the TV you may find an answer to a problem, or you may use one of the many seemingly stupid aps on FB, like what is your word or how is your coming year to be, these oracles are also in synchronicity with you, you should not take them ‘on intention’ but see if the words means something about your situation, are you on right course, should you change something. Of course some will be meaningless but most will have meaning.

The Bodies of Man

When we sleep our astral body separates from the etheric body, only connected with the silver cord. When we wake again the two bodies connects again and in that short time before they are joined fully, the dreams are transferred from the astral body to volatile memory in the etherbody.

When the two bodies are rightly joined we have no spiritual access to the astral world, but for some people the two bodies don’t join fully, there is a rift between them which can be used by natural clairvoyants or there can be created a rift through drugs or other means.

This picture show this configuration of man, and the abyss show where the bodies separate.

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The Bodily configuration of Man

The Bodies of the Initiate

When we go through the dark night, the spiritual death and resurrection, astral and etheric body grows together for never again to be separated, neither by sleep nor by death, and that means that the rift is closed.

Instead the chakras will give us full sight in the astral world, just as we have in the physical.

The new constitution of man will now look:

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The Bodily configuration of the Initiate

Btw when we are in the dark night we also lose interest in reading and writing factual books, because it draws the focus down into the astral body where contemplation have the focus in the soul.

This is the spiritual death and resurrection, we accept the death of our ego and put everything in the hands of God, and then we become resurrected.

I AM and I AM <that>

Must we inhabit this lifeless limbo forever, you ask. If you set down and contemplate accepting to sit there forever, it will stop. If you don’t accept it and run around doing many things you have done in your old life, caused by restlessness, it will take forever, or until you reach a time limit, and forfeit the possibility.

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New Age version

Nisargadatta says is thus: When you say I AM, then you are talking about your soul, the central point in your being. When you say I AM <something>, where something is beautiful, clever, hardworking, have inferiority complex, angry, horny, and so forth, you are talking about the physical around and in the ego.

The soul is the bridge between the spiritual and the physical:

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Bifröst – the bridge between the physical and the spirit

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The seven layered model of Man

The ego is the upgraded animal mind, the ‘I’ is the new principle of mankind’s evolution, just as the animal mind was the new principle following the plant kingdom. The I or soul is pure Wisdom, Love and Beauty. The earth is called the planet of love because this is the new principle We see ourselves from the physical world so we can’t recognize the beauty of the soul, it’s hidden behind the karma that fills our physical bodies, but when we handle the karma it becomes visible to those who can see.

I have been invited into such a soul, she were an old soul like myself and she was beauty, truth and love, we mirrored each other and I now know that it goes for all old souls, with many incarnations behind them, as it’s the result of handling their karma.

Each of these circles are both representing different bodies, but it’s also our chakra that represents these bodies.

The heart chakra is representing the soul, all of mankind we find through the heart, there we are one, the physical is the periphery of mankind, the outer layer. Living in the now means to access the shared wisdom of mankind through our soul.

Ego and I – Thinking in the Now

The ego thinks in words, the I thinks wordlessly. The ego speculate in words. The I think in large structures that shows when necessary, when needed in the Now, they are not visible, esotericists compares it more like hearing in contrast to the seeing in the astral, but it’s more like seeing without pictures.

When thinking contemplatively, the ego is not taking part, a structure is shown with all we have understood earlier, but with new things added in the structure. Each time I think on a subject, new things are added to what I already knew, without the need for speculation.

When I answer questions I always write the answer fully, I don’t use something I have written before and I seldom answer with a quote, because each time I answer a question I become wiser, I see new details I hadn’t seen before.

Sleep

The best time to sleep is from 10pm to 2am!

The best connection to the I and higher I are from 2am to 6am in wake condition, here are much work done on the etherbody, a vital part of the initiation and the ascent from the Dark Night.

That should also be enough sleep for people in the dark night. Sleeping from 6am to 22pm are counterproductive, it tires the etherbody, it so to speak disintegrates what have been build at night, we become tired of sleeping after 6am.

Stress and depressions make day to night, I have of course been there too, have always been sleeping late and been up late, but the need for sleep becomes less when following the above rules.

Speculation and tedious work makes tired, while contemplation, living thinking, don’t. Writing books and reading, especially reading non fiction books are tiring, as it draws the mind down into the physical body.

Dream Interpretation

Dream interpretation is a very important tool to take much pain out of the Dark Night, it’s one of the major ways to get information from the spiritual world after we isolate ourselves from the spiritual.

Literature

On Dream Interpretation.
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Album on the Dark Night of the Soul, many examples, spiritual and psychotherapeutic sources.
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47. K’un / Oppression (Exhaustion) – The Dark Night of the Soul

I_Ching_47_Kun I_Ching_Tui Above TUI
THE JOYOUS, LAKE
I_Ching_Kan Below K’AN
THE ABYSMAL, WATER

The lake is above, water below; the lake is empty, dried up. Exhaustion is expressed in yet another way: at the top, a dark line is holding down two light lines below, a light line is hemmed in between two dark ones. The upper trigram belongs to the principle of darkness, the lower to the principle of light. Thus everywhere superior men are oppressed and held in restraint by inferior men.

	THE  JUDGMENT
	OPPRESSION. Success. Perseverance.
	The great man brings about good fortune.
	No blame.
	When one has something to say,
	It is not believed.

Times of adversity are the reverse of times of success, but they can lead to success if they befall the right man. When a strong man meets with adversity, he remains cheerful despite all danger, and this cheerfulness is the source of later successes; it is that stability which is stronger than fate.

He who lets his spirit be broken by exhaustion certainly has no success. But if adversity only bends a man, it creates in him a power to react that is bound in time to manifest itself. No inferior man is capable of this. Only the great man brings about good fortune and remains blameless. It is true that for the time being outward influence is denied him, because his words have no effect. Therefore in times of adversity it is important to be strong within and sparing of words.

	THE IMAGE
	There is not water in the lake:
	The image of EXHAUSTION.
	Thus the superior man stakes his life
	On following his will.

When the water has flowed out below, the lake must dry up and become exhausted. That is fate. This symbolizes an adverse fate in human life. In such times there is nothing a man can do but acquiesce in his fate and remain true to himself. This concerns the deepest stratum of his being, for this alone is superior to all external fate.

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	Six at the beginning means:
	One sits oppressed under a bare tree
	And strays into a gloomy valley.
	For three years one sees nothing.

When adversity befalls a man, it is important above all things for him to be strong and to overcome the trouble inwardly. If he is weak, the trouble overwhelms him. Instead of proceeding on his way, he remains sitting under a bare tree and falls ever more deeply into gloom and melancholy. This makes the situation only more and more hopeless. Such an attitude comes from an inner delusion that he must by all means overcome.

	Nine in the second place means:
	One is oppressed while at meat and drink.
	The man with the scarlet knee bands is just coming.
	It furthers one to offer sacrifice.
	To set forth brings misfortune.
	No blame.

This pictures a state of inner oppression. Externally, all is well, one has meat and drink. But one is exhausted by the commonplaces of life, and there seems to be no way of escape.

Then help comes from a high place [the higher I]. A prince- in ancient China princes wore scarlet knee bands- is in search of able helpers. But there are still obstructions to be overcome.

Therefore it is important to meet these obstructions in the visible realm by offerings and prayer [Contemplation]. To set forth without being prepared would be disastrous, though not morally wrong. Here a disagreeable situation must be overcome by patience of spirit. [Trust in God, in Fate.]

	Six in the third place means:
	A man permits himself to be oppressed by stone,
	And leans on thorns and thistles.
	He enters the house and does not see his wife.
	Misfortune.

This shows a man who is restless and indecisive in times of adversity.

  • At first he wants to push ahead, then he encounters obstructions that, it is true, mean oppression only when recklessly dealt with. He butts his head against a wall and in consequence feels himself oppressed by the wall.
  • Then he leans on things that have in themselves no stability and that are merely a hazard for him who leans on them.
  • Thereupon he turns back irresolutely and retires into his house, only to find, as a fresh disappointment, that his wife is not there.
	Nine in the fourth place means:
	He comes very quietly, oppressed in a golden carriage.
	Humiliation, but the end is reached.

A well-to-do man sees the need of the lower classes and would like very much to be of help. But instead of proceeding with speed and energy where there is need, he begins in a hesitant and measured way. Then he encounters obstructions. Powerful and wealthy acquaintances draw him into their circle; he has to do as they do and cannot withdraw from them. Hence he finds himself in great embarrassment. But the trouble is transitory.

The original strength of his nature offsets the mistake he has made, and the goal is reached.

	Nine in the fifth place means:
	His nose and feet are cut off.
	Oppression at the hands of the man with the purple knee bands.
	Joy comes softly.
	It furthers one to make offerings and libations.

An individual who has the good of mankind at heart is oppressed from above and below (this is the meaning of the cutting off of nose an defeat). He finds no help among the people whose duty it would be to aid in the work of rescue (ministers wore purple knee bands).

But little by little, things take a turn for the better. Until that time, he should turn to God, firm in his inner composure, and pray and offer sacrifice for the general well-being.

	Six at the top means:
	He is oppressed by creeping vines.
	He moves uncertainly and says, "Movement brings remorse."
	If one feels remorse over this and makes a start,
	Good fortune comes.

A man is oppressed by bonds that can easily be broken. The distress is drawing to an end. But he is still irresolute; he is still influenced by the previous condition and fears that he may have cause for regret if he makes a move.

But as soon as he grasps the situation, changes this mental attitude, and makes a firm decision, he masters the oppression.

Richard Wilhelms translation.

See also “What I Ching tells about hexagram 47“.

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