Today a meditation on the 3rd hexagram of the I Ching, another hexagram that relates well to the Mercury/Uranus conjunction.
* Hexagram #3 of the I Ching is called "Difficulty at the beginning."
* The hexagram involves the image of a freshly sprouted plant just coming up from beneath the soil only to be pummeled as soon as it appears.
* Nonetheless, the tiny seedling has firm, healthy roots, and possesses a desire to grow.
* In any new situation, if its worth it, early obstacles come as tests, and really these testing periods are auspicious because they weed out the good from the bad intentions, or they provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate our resolve and determination.
* If we see early challenges to our intentions as road blocks, or as things "thwarting" us, then we're not likely to find success.
* One commentator writes, "Tao improves deficiencies by sharpening them into skills."
* In order to grow in the initial stages of a new idea, discovery, or intention, we have to eliminate defensive or possessive attitudes and open ourselves to the guidance, instruction, and assistance of forces higher or wiser than ourselves.
* The beginning of something, even when we know what it is we're going to do, will still require us to break from the past over and over and in surprising ways each step of the young way.
* If we want something new, in other words, we have to be willing to become something new, and if we understand that this is what's happening when new intentions are met with early challenges, all will go extremely well for us. However, if our intention isn't pure, we'll know because these early challenges will simply uproot us and we'll return to what we've always done before.
* Another commentator says, "Danger and opportunity grow on one stalk....don't be afraid of how Tao cultivates your strength of purpose."
* Don't give up, not if what you know and believe is true, then what else do you need but that truth? Truly! Don't give up!
* This affliction is here FOR you, not against you, when you know your true purpose is there any other way to see this challenge? What could it be if not part of what will make your true purpose successful?
* A vision quest isn't successful because we sit from start to finish, it's successful because it takes our intention to sit, pummels it with challenges like heavy rain to a young sprout, but because we still sit there, it offers us a vision, and that vision is what we receive in the end...it's not "I made it through," it's "I became something new."
Prayer: Fill our hearts with the power to hold the good intentions you place in our heart. Make us into something new.