While preparing for today’s I CHING divination, my attention kept going to the nearby statue of the Buddha and thinking of “the middle path”. I then turned to the I-CHING and received Kua 52–synchronisty! (my intuition at work)
The Image for today’s Kua 52 is very Buddha like. The name of this Kua 52 is “Keeping Still” and the archetypal keyword associations are: meditation; self-renewal; composure; detachment; self-acceptance; equanimity; serenity and yes, the middle path!
Today’s message is about our innate “Buddha Nature” and withdrawing from “thinking” entering the world of “being”. Another way to said it is moving out of the ego-mindset of “me” who is many times overly involved in the world of “doing” and “grasping” with the mind.
Meditation is a way of stepping out of the “me”-mind and connecting with one’s essential Buddha-nature; we accomplish this by “Keeping Still” which is the name of Kua 52. The keeping still that comes from meditation is not anything difficult to achieve—it’s our essential nature and is as natural and easy as breathing.
Shifting into this natural state of being is like waking in the morning to the fresh mountain air of a spring morning. In fact, in the Wu Wei Book of Answers, Kua 52 is called,’ “Mountain”, Stopping, Thoughts Coming to Rest. ’
Whatever your greatest concern or question is today, the answer is to stop and rest—take no action. Know that everything is as it should be—be relaxed and confident. If you have a quiet heart, you will be sensitive to the subtle promptings that come from the world around you, and this in turn, will allow you to move effortlessly and smoothly through life, rather than to push, struggle and stumble.
It is said that in many traditions, mountains are a symbol of the stillness of our Buddha Nature. Perhaps this is how I find myself here in the Appalachian Mountains and have such love for these mountains. Mountains are the symbol of rising above the mundane world of daily earth living. Mountains are earth representations of stillness, non-movement as well as peace and quiet.
Mountain over mountain—this is the image that the lines of this Kua create. One solid line over two broken lines; mountain on top of mountain!
I live on a mountain with mountains above and surrounding me. Today after just now drawing this Kua, I am feeling even more grateful for the grace to be able to live here. Embraced within the arms of Mother Earth as I am here in these quiet, peaceful mountains full of crystals, it is the ideal setting to achieve and maintain meditative equipoise.
The Astrology Archetype Correlations to the I-CHING Kua 52/Stillness are:
Scorpio – going into “the depth”; meditation; awareness of the larger forces of the universe; little death release of the ego; shamanistic energy
Sagittarius – right brain; natural laws; nature; seeing the ‘big picture’; optimism; animals, plants, nature itself; philosophy
The Tarot Archetype Correlations to the I-CHING Kua 52/Stillness are:
Both the High Priest (Hierophant) and High Priestess as well as Temperance
Hierophant/High Priest: The ‘inner’ teacher; Buddha; guide; sage; inner wisdom
Temperance: Sagittarius; Divine Light; the 6th Chakra; Healing; patience/moderation/middle path; blending of opposites
High Priestess: Unity consciousness; being in touch with Universal Mind; Divine Feminine and magnetic/heart energy; silent equilibrium; exploring the subconscious; Scorpio