While I was working for JHU this summer, I had the unbelievable good fortune to work with a new friend who is just lovely, and fascinating and inspiring. He had just retired from two decades as headmaster at a very fancy-pants private school, and was using the JHU gig as his transition out of running his school and into the next phase of his life. He and I spent more time talking about bhodisattvas and really good restaurants than actually doing our work, hence our month-long gig was super fun and delightful.
This new buddy turned me on to Anita O'Day, for which I am eternally grateful, and he also gave me a copy of the I Ching. We talked a lot about the similarity between Patanjali's sutras, the Gita, and the Diamond sutras, and he said the I Ching is a similar book of good advice. I'm down with that.
In the past week or two I have busted out my new book several times, and have asked several folks for a number between 1 and 64 (the number of hexagrams in the book). Pick a number, any number! Lo and behold, folks keep telling me the same number. Hmmm. How can I keep getting the same number? I figured it was just an easy number to choose. So, I got online and found a random number generator. Got the same number.
Turns out, we all avoid 13, and everyone, even the random number generator, picks 3. Three is a magic number. (If you don't believe me, then revisit School House Rock.)
Here is my hexagram of the week, and quite possibly of my year:
#3 Chun/ Difficulty at the Beginning
If we persevere a great success is at hand.
"The literal translation of 'chun' is 'a blade of grass pushing against an aobstacle as it sprouts out of the earth'. Recieving this hexagram is a sign that beyond the difficulties and pressures that surround you, a success lies waiting. In order to bring it fuly into the light, you must be patient and persevere in nonaction."
Oh good lord. This lesson again. Please note that I didn't get #35, Chin/ Progress "You progress like the rising sun. The brighter your virtue, the higher you rise". Nor did I get #16, Yu/ Enthusiasm "Proper enthusiasm opens every door." I got #3, the nonaction one.
Well, I'm off to persevere in nonaction. Maybe I'll take a nap.