The Image of Lake over Thunder
My “Following” is about the I Ching itself.
The hexagram of Following is derived from the trigrams The Joyous lake,
the youngest daughter who is being led by the eldest son, The Arousing Thunder.
When creating I Ching Meditations the eldest son represents the ancient I Ching
as it has been handed down through many centuries in many interpretations.
When I meditate on these ancient texts
I am the youngest daughter following and learning about this philosophy
from all those who came before me who were men.
I do this work with energy and joy.
Whether following the I Ching, practicing yoga, or learning any discipline
I follow the path of those who came before me.
While doing this work, I can’t help adding my own point of view
from a woman’s perspective. I can then show others my experience.
It will take me a long time to complete this task.
There are moments when I resist the effort and then
rest in between the completion of each hexagram.
Nine in the First Place
This is a time for new learning.
I am open to what I don’t know or thought I knew.
I may acquire a new perspective on my life
or develop new skills.
I learn from all the others who came before me.
Six in the Second Place
While doing this work I learned that
not everyone agrees with my approach to the I Ching.
Some did not understand why I was devoting myself
to what they thought was a sexist book.
It was their lack of understanding of the power
and depth of the I Ching that prompted me to proceed.
I let go of their undeveloped view
and chose to follow this ancient wisdom.
Six in the Third Place
The I Ching cautions that its wisdom
or way of speaking in symbols is not for everyone.
While studying the various interpretations of others,
I endeavor to contribute my own perspective.
The I Ching always evokes a subjective response.
There are those who may not agree or be able to see the value
of what I see here but there are many who do.
Nine in the Fourth Place
Sometimes my search into the meanings and mysteries
of the I Ching takes me to sources that do not speak to me.
I have to be diligent in my meditation for finding my truth.
Nine in the Firth Place
The I Ching has become my lodestar.
When I am confused or uncertain about my direction
I discover the solution in the I Ching.