Be Free of Forethought and Reflection
Disturbance is coming from outside your influence
Be diligent and disentangle yourself
Do not engage
Look into all your associations and see where you have given up your power to others or have compromised when the benefit would have been to stand firm. This is a cause of the disturbance in focus, form and intention. You have been experiencing disquiet in the depths of your inner knowing. There have been bouts of not feeling comfortable in your skin. This has been so uncomfortable that you have had difficulty finding a comfortable place or way to sit, stand or sleep.
In these times you will be challenged, it will get more intense…Hold steady and do not engage, simply observe and do not take the words and action of others personally. Stay steady and do not engage, by doing this you will conserve your precious energy and the fire will burn it self out.
Your thought processes and actions have been clouded by your desire for a successful outcome. This is futurizing which has led to over-thinking your situation and not living in the present.
By focusing solely on correctness, fame, position, recognition — outcomes of any sort — you are missing the point. It is not that you cannot have all these things — you can, and with attention to movement with and for the greater good, you will. What is problematic is your ego’s projection into the future that is preventing you from accessing your intuitive clarity. It is that clarity that will bring you to your well deserved and worked for success.
Your call now is to be spontaneous and move with resolute confidence in who you are and what you desire. The beneficial action now is disentangling, releasing, any ties that have bound you to your past influences and to outmoded ways of action and thinking.
The trickster aspect of the ego would have you look into the future and see the titillating grand and shiny things that represent success. When you think you have figured out the smartest, the most clever and cool ways to move toward your goal this arrogance will lead to a disastrous out come, do not doubt this. The ego will tempt you to move swiftly toward your desires, come hell or high water. It doesn’t work that way.
Consider the ignored part of your being,
Your inner and sweet child of innocence.
Do not act out of fear
You will scare yourself
Fear will have you looking to the future and trying to plan for every contingency. This would only sap your energy and ultimately prevent you from receiving the love, abundance, and happiness that awaits you.
It is wise to plan and to be thoughtful, but limit your thoughts and plans to the present. In doing so the journey will be truthful, peaceful, efficient, and more joyful. Your balance along the path is to include being of service to others and to Gaia, our Mother Earth of oceans, deserts, mountains, plains and all her sentient beings. This will allow you to handle whatever surprising events may come your way with a focused clarity that will enable you to act spontaneously and creatively so you will be able to embrace the moment; the magic is in the moment.
This is “being free of forethought and reflection.” This is good to remember, as it will keep you in the present. Look neither to the past, nor to the future: Be Here Now.
Now the benefit is to walk with like-minded people, fellow pilgrims. Move away from those who suck your energy by raising doubts, fears, or envy.
The ego, the critic, the inner judge, will try to sneak in while you are traveling on your path and tell you that you need to be reasonable, clever, suspicious, and, above all, to look good in others’ eyes. It would have you create imaginary problems that would cause you to incorrectly evaluate the situation before you. The crux of the teaching in this hexagram is to remain aware and fully present. This will be found in stillness.
Consciously let go of trying to get approval from others. This is the ego trying to interfere and keep you from fully appreciating the beauty and the myriad gifts of life. As you slow down, and allow your childlike innocence to appreciate the beauty all around you, there will emerge a strength that you have not known before. You will find strength wrought not from pain or angst, but from peace, laughter, and joy.
Take note, by combining your journey with rest and fun in proper measure, you will keep a clear mind that will be ready to handle the good, the bad, and the ugly with equanimity and poise.
On this journey listen to and act on your intuition, which will be magically amplified when you respect the importance of rest, meditation and play; in this way you show the ultimate respect and honor to yourself.
O maluhia a me oe ... Peace be with you!