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TAO/MITAKUWE OYAS'IN  Vol. 35 (Dec 2011/Jan 2012 Issue)


Contents:

From Denean: Thriving with Determination: Taking the High Road in our Positive Actions for Change

This Issue's Featured Song: "There is a Dream"

Meditation

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Thriving with Determination: Taking the High Road in our Positive Actions for Change


Hexagram 43


Have you seen the "Thrive" movie yet?  It was released on 11/11/11 and is a catalyst for much positive change.  You can learn more about it at www.thrivemovement.com.  I applaud the efforts of its creators in their non-aggressive approach to inform, educate and motivate in areas of positive action, giving us much needed hope of a better world to come.  It teaches us that "the way home", so to speak, is to align ourselves with the very nature of the universe which is the same nature within each of us.  It also demonstrates how with the I Ching, the ancient sages knew of this cosmic alignment and the hexagrams themselves are an expression of the code behind our very existence.

 

So it is important that, if we are going to align ourselves with this truth of our own nature, we understand how to do so. This newsletter will focus on the teachings of the I Ching and Tao Te Ching in regards to the correct attitude, behavior and action needed when dealing with forces of darkness in our world. 

 

It is all too easy to get fired up through emotion believing that "fighting back" and "winning" are the answers.  However, in hexagram 43 - Breaththrough (Resoluteness), we are shown a higher road in regards to "the fight". In the title of this article I used the word "determination" instead of "resolution".  Although it means much the same thing, I thought perhaps it would be a bit better understood in regards to our use of it in modern times and how it relates to the message here.  From the Tao Te Ching keep this simple but profound truth in mind...make it your mantra!

 

"Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself."

(The challenge may be having the faith to actually believe that this really is so.)



The following is an excerpt from the Wilhelm Baynes translation of the I Ching from hexagram 43.  When it comes to the part to lay out "the rules" I have taken the liberty of organizing the content to make it easier to read and to grasp its meaning.  Also in parentheses I am adding my own comments for better understanding:

 

"Even if only one inferior man is occupying a ruling position in a city, he is able to oppress superior men.  Even a single passion still lurking in the heart has power to obscure reason.  Passion and reason cannot exist side by side -- therefore fight without quarter is necessary if the good is to prevail.

 

In a resolute struggle of the good against evil, there are, however definite rules that must not be disregarded if it is to succeed."

 

1 - Resolution must be based on a union of strength and friendliness.  (In other words, coming from the strength of calm inner quiet and firm determination in order to act in virtue and do what is right for its own sake.)

 

2 - A compromise with evil is not possible; evil must under all circumstances be openly discredited.  Nor must our own passions and short comings be glossed over.  (To openly discredit means don't give it anything...don't give it your attention or your energy! Only through the strength of inner calm and quiet will we be able to see things exactly as they are.  It is critical here to distinquish what belongs to "them" and equally see our own part.  With this clarity alone can we make our resolve (determination) to act in virtue ourselves no matter what the forces around us may do.  Our true power is always in our ability to meet the demands of the time in each moment and respond to the truth in virtue.)

 

3 - The struggle must not be carried on directly by force.  (If you are angry at the "evil" you become a part of it, trying to change it to "good", which can't be done.)

 

     a. If evil is branded, it thinks of weapons, and if we do it the favor of fighting against it blow for blow, we lose in the end because we ourselves get entangled in hatred and passion. 

 

      b. It is important to begin at home, to be on guard in our own persons against the faults we have branded.  In this way, finding no opponent, the sharp edges of the weapons of evil become dulled.

 

     c. We should not combat our own faults directly.  As long as we wrestle with them, they continue victorious.

 

(How many times, when you are upset or angry with someone for what they have done or are doing, do you find yourself blaming, judging, aggressive, wanting revenge, etc. etc.   You get my drift?

 

It is critical that if we ourselves are going to be correct and act in virtue, we must put away our own passions and emotions.  Have you ever had a time when you have gone through all of the emotional entanglement and drama with someone, to finally find yourself, beyond it, calm, quiet, and utterly unresponsive to their emotional display?  When you have found true peace in your own heart, you will be calm, clear, and centered in the truth. 

 

This is what we are asked to do here.  It is our own heart we must attend to.  To have peace in our world, it must begin with finding peace within ourselves.  This has never been more true.  If we are caught up in anger, resentment, revenge and so forth, then we are "hooked in" to the very energies of the darkness.)

 

Note: It is also important to realize, that believe it or not, even evil can appear calm and centered because it believes that it is right!

 

4 - Finally, the best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.  (Remember our Tao Te Ching mantra: "Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself".  If only we could have the faith in our own virtue.  If we return to inner quiet, act in virtue, energetically making progress in what is good, true, and correct, we are then withdrawing the energy from which evil feeds itself.  It has to fall.  This is the truth.  It is a critical part of aligning with our true nature and that of the universe. But unfortunately very few are willing to stake their life on this truth in times such as these.)

 


So now let's summarize.  It's not about trying to beat "them".  It is about putting your energy toward virtue and goodness, thereby withdrawing your energy from the darkness which, in the end,  will inevitably bring the fall of evil by the truth of how the laws of nature work.  Again "Give evil nothing to oppose and it will disappear by itself."  If we all did this, we would see a profound change.  But do we have the faith necessay to live by this truth?

 


There is one more aspect of this hexagram that is very important for us to examine.  In the I Ching it is the image of the hexagram that gives us the model of correct behavior.  In this case it is that of a lake that has risen up to heaven.  Within this image is a warning to the superior person of how to forestall a violent collapse. First is the idea of distributing your wealth while you are accumulating.  In the same way, in developing character we must always follow strict and continuous self examination to be certain that our actions are truly correct.  Let all of your actions follow an attitude of cooperation and collaboration rather than that of trying to gain power and influence. 


I encourage you, in whatever cause you choose to be a part of, to examine the intentions of the group as well as your own intentions, actions and behavior based on the criteria presented here from hexagram 43 and from the Tao Te Ching.  By aligning with these teachings through your own determination, and thereby aligning with the cosmos by doing so, it will allow us all to heal and to truly thrive!

 



The following will be our Affirmation Prayer.


Find some quiet time to create inner “sacred space” for yourself.     

Soft music can help…Breath of Angels,  perhaps, if you already have it.   


Calm your mind, relax your body, and connect your being to God as you understand it.


I encourage you to daily read this slowly, speaking it out loud if you can. 

Allow spaces of silence between each phrase of affirmation, accepting with

humility and faith that the word you speak is taking place now.


 


Affirmation Prayer


I am!


In the ever present awareness of my Divine Nature,


I stand in the clarity of the truth of my being...


I was born to thrive!


All of nature supports me in this truth, regardless of what the

world around me may say.


I was born to thrive!


With resolute determination I now align my every action, my attitude,

my every thought...all that I am...

with this Truth!


I align my heart with pure unconditional love as I allow myself to be "wholeness".


By doing so, the energy of the cosmos moves freely through me in just the right way.


I was born to thrive!


I choose energetic progress in the good and I wholly give

myself and my attention to this goodness.


I am!


and I am thriving now!


It is so!

 

Mitakuwe Oyas’in

(Translation: All of my relations included)




 

 



This Issue Featuring:


There is a Dream


From Fire Prayer Fire Prayer Album by Denean Details Page 


This song will be available for listening until the next newsletter issue

(approx. February 1st, 2012)


I could think of no better song to continue the theme of this newsletter than "There is a Dream" from Fire Prayer.  What you may not know is that originally this song was a part of a small group of songs that landed me a deal with a country label out of Memphis, Tennessee.  It was originally recorded with a faster, more driving rhythm.  I was in the midst of profound changes in my life, which were also changing the music I was writing.  One evening I attended an outdoor drumming circle in the Nashville area and was spontaneously asked to sing.  I chose this song and tried it for the first time with just a hand drum.  What eventually resulted was this recording from Fire Prayer after I was graciously allowed to leave the country label to record in a completely new direction.  That has been my path ever since!



There is a Dream


There is a dream in my heart

A vision I do see

It is you soaring higher

It is me...we are free.


Hearts open wide

It is time to decide

To live in the light

In love to abide.


Sing your song to Great Spirit

The song living in your heart

Don't be afraid to hear it

This feeling is where it starts.


Hearts open wide

It is time to decide

To live in the light

In love to abide


The healing power of love

Sparkling light of the soul.


Make a stand for the future

Of this earth we walk upon

Sharing love...sharing power

Understanding, we all are one.


Hearts open wide

It is time to decide

To live in the light

In love to abide.


There is a dream in my heart

A vision I do see

It is you soaring higher

It is me...we are free.





Written by Denean © Denean / Sacred Earth Music, BMI





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The new album is coming along nicely :-)  I don't have a release date yet but I'll keep you posted. Well, well...I know there were some other things I wanted to tell you, but I've been a bit under the weather today and I just can't remember!  Guess they will have to wait until next time.

 

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