Just another little personal reading story.
Back on 2nd Feb, I ordered the latest Glyphius software from James Brausch. I wasn’t sure whether or not to go ahead and buy, but when I asked Yi about the effect of using it I received Hexagram 2, line 2.
‘Straight, square, great.
No repeating, nothing that does not bring harvest.’
(There you go, James – how many people do you know who can lay claim to a testimonial written 3,000 years before the product was created?) I took this to suggest (amongst other things) that it might enable me to get good results without a steep learning curve, and went ahead and ordered.
Now, James is in the US, and I’m in the UK. It’s been my experience that it takes a week to ten days for post to get between the two, so by last Thursday (15th) I was wondering if the parcel had got lost. I dug out my Paypal receipt, and sent a very polite enquiry to his contact address. No parcel, and (more worryingly) no reply to the email either, by Monday.
By this point I was starting to fixate a bit. It’s a habit I have: when I get my teeth into a problem, I want to be able to make some progress on it. Occasionally this habit is useful; more often, it leads me to waste days obsessing about things that someone else could solve for me in five minutes. Shall I post to forums asking if anyone can help me contact James? Shall I try calling that phone number I found for him? Shall I…?
“Yi, what can I usefully do about getting hold of this product I bought?”
25, moving lines 1, 5 and 6 to 16. Disentangle your motivation.
I got the gist of this at once: drop it. Don’t expend a lot of energy on something you can do nothing about; straighten yourself out, don’t take action on the basis of false perceptions. (When Yi says ‘one who makes no corrections commits blunders’, ‘blunder’ specifically means the mistakes of clouded vision.) Hexagram 16 talks to me, especially in recent weeks, about managing my energy and motivation levels, and in this case it suggested where to direct them. Somewhere more productive.
This is just a quick post, so I won’t go into the moving lines in detail. If you look through them, I expect you’ll see what I saw. Get disentangled, and then ‘going on’ – ie moving on from where you are – means good fortune. Don’t run round looking for a ‘cure’ for your problem (line 5, ‘no medicinal herbs’), and you’ll be fine. And finally (line 6), you are in danger of messing up severely. Any of those options you’re thinking about now would amount to a ‘blunder’. Desist, or make an ass of yourself.
So I desisted.
The parcel arrived this morning.