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Yearly Archives: 2008


or – why is Clarity here?

I’ve been running Clarity now for some eight years, so this post’s probably about eight years overdue. What can I say? I’m a bit slow at times. Also, hopefully some things have got clearer for me since 2000.

Why is Clarity here?

Because I want to share an awareness of being at home.

This something I naturally knew as a child, started to forget somehow in my early 20s, and that Yi’s been re-teaching me ever since. It’s not easy to put into words, but as I understand it it goes something like this:

Yes, you do belong here. You’re at home in your life. Your whole self is at home here in this creation, and can grow and find complete expression and fulfillment here. ‘Here’ is altogether bigger and more spacious than we can conceive of, and there is deeper meaning woven through it all. Connection to spirit – reaching through ‘reasons why’ and ‘life purpose’ and out beyond all of that – is not just one segment of the life balance pie chart; it’s the circle itself.”

This kind of spiritual awareness is absolutely personal; it runs through the core of your being, and different people voice it in spectacularly different ways. But there is some constant, shared sense of a huge-intimate belonging-connection… (Someone help me out with the words for this, please…)

I want everyone to have this awareness – and of course it’s not something I can give to anyone.

What I can do – and what I’m trying to do here – is to provide all I can of what’s needed to make it accessible, so people can put down their own roots into their own earth. This is where Yi comes in, of course, because it’s an extraordinary way of profound connection.

There’s the instant of realisation in the individual reading that ‘this answer is talking to me’. That’s more than just an ‘aha!’ moment about the answer; it works at a deep level quite independently of the insight you glean from the actual content of the reading. And there’s also the way that ongoing conversation with the oracle fosters a constant, steady awareness of flowing connection.

Moreover, both of these – the instant of clarity, and the sustained light – happen in and through the ordinary stuff of daily life. You can divine about your purchase decisions, your career, your business, your relationships, your family, your emotional and spiritual development, where to live, why your computer isn’t working… and the connection flows through all these things. Artificial boundaries between ‘spirit’ and ‘other’ become completely unsustainable.

My guiding hexagram for the coming year is 2, the Earth. So this post is my ‘direction to go’, my idea of where I want to be. In the spirit of hexagram 2, it (naturally) doesn’t follow that I know exactly how to get there: rather, I’m out looking for guidance and ways to be of service.

One thing that does occur to me: I can provide fuller support for the whole reading process (not only the ‘interpreting’ part) by going ‘southwest’ and joining forces with other people. Yi’s guiding principle for Clarity this year:

‘With truth and confidence, hence bound together.
Rich in your neighbour.’

(Hence the partnership with Eliana Gilad on its first phase, ‘opening the space’  – see this survey.)

…I don’t have a tidy way to round off this post…

Are you free at the weekend?

…because if enough people are interested, we could get together online to chat and explore a shared reading. These live events are normally only for Change Circle people, but this one’s open to all Clarity members. Please come and read the thread about this and… vote in the poll to decide the day share your… Continue Reading

Turnaround in Hexagram 39

Hexagram 39 is called ‘Difficulties’ or ‘Limping’. It describes the experience of a perpetual uphill struggle: just one thing after another, grinding on and on, battling with handicaps or with the elements or with an unforgivingly inhospitable world… …and it also describes the moment when you turn this around. I’ve told the story of Gun… Continue Reading

Talismanic qualities of hexagrams

This is a subject that deserves much more than these few lines, but I’m so interested to hear what you think about it that I don’t want to wait until I have something more eloquent to say. The ‘default’ idea of divination is that we cast hexagrams, and they describe something for us: what’s happening,… Continue Reading

Clarity from Chasms

Hexagram 30 follows from Hexagram 29; Clarity emerges from the Repeating Chasms. They form one of those landmark pairs in the Yijing: an opposite, ‘dragon gate’ pair, with every line changing to transform from one hexagram to the next. They’re very obvious ‘opposites’, these two. Chasms and Clarity; darkness and light; water and fire; cold… Continue Reading

Asking how he feels

This topic’s been discussed more than once at the I Ching Community, where I Ching beginners very often show up asking questions like, ‘What does he feel about me?’ Goodness knows this is an absolutely normal, human thing to want to ask – but anyone who’s watched a few of these threads will know that… Continue Reading

Living Change I Ching podcast 3

Here’s the latest Living Change for you to download, with a reading on how to nurture creativity. Please comment! (I’m especially interested in thoughts on practical ways to respond to the reading.) Change Circle members will find the promised interview in the members area. I’m aware that this business of downloading two files from two… Continue Reading

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