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#13 Fellowship with Men

“True fellowship among men must be based upon a concern that is universal. It is not the private interests of the individual that create lasting fellowship among men, but rather the goals of humanity.” (Wilhelm)

“all I did was plant a seed…”—Pete Seeger

they called it Clearwater
build a boat
a replica of an 18th century Hudson River sloop
to save the river

they had a vision
if there’s something wrong
the river returned to its origins
speak up!

free of contamination
realize that little things
sewage and toxic chemicals
lead to bigger things

fish would come back
get people together
humans could enjoy the river again
and they’ll act together too

fresh water without fear

italicized words from Pete Seeger

There’s so much wrong with the world–what can we do? Pete Seeger believed in working locally with the people in your community–what needs to be fixed? Realize that little things lead to bigger things.

Founded by Pete and Toshi Seeger, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc, has played a major role not only in cleaning up the Hudon River to allow both the river and the surrounding ecosystems to recover and flourish, but in pushing for judicial solutions to pollution everywhere in the United States.

Until I did a little research for this post, I did not realize that Clearwater’s opposition to the Storm King power plant led to the first court case to grant legal standing to environmental groups so that they could file lawsuits to protect the public interest. The NRDC and all organizations challenging the right of business and government to pollute or destroy ecosystems for profit began here–with the Clearwater. This is a tool whose value cannot be overestimated.

I used to frequently see the sloop sailing up and down the Hudson in the years I spent a lot of time in lower Riverside Park. It continues its mission with public education and helping people organize–and of course with music.

“Participation—that’s what’s gonna save the human race.”

The first collage/photo is from my Beach I Ching series. It seemed appropriate to this subject in many ways. The other art is from various things I’ve posted over the years.

could disappear s

This post was inspired by Sherry’s challenge at Earthweal this week: what happens to one, happens to us all.

31 xian (Seeking Union)

i ching closed comp

To open,
join opposites.
Receive what is given.
Let the unexpected pathway

I’m off prompt again for Day 8 of NaPoWriMo.  This poem was inspired by Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, and I Ching 31, which appeared in the envelope collage I did based on a linear print by Joan Mitchell.

openning 1I read many interpretations of this hexagram, and tried to distill what I thought was its essential message.

openShelter encloses, but it opens, too.



Beach I Ching 15

30 fire comp

#30  Li  Fire

fire with fire–
intersections of endings–
beginning to rise

I was amazed to see that it’s been almost a year since my last Beach I Ching post.  I’ve been working on this one for awhile, though.  The symbol of fire has shown up a lot for me this year.  Li is a doubling of fire, reflecting its dual nature of creation and destruction.  This hexagram is also called Radiance, Clarity, Sun, Transformation–it has many manifestations.  The Chinese characters are also sometimes said to resemble a bird captured in a net.

firebird s

“Do not think at the moments when you see no light that there is no light at all.”
–Fritz Blok

“It is good to see what you have lost and mourn it, to let grief flow, like time.”

“Take what is important and let the rest go.”

Collage with painted bird, photo of objects collected on the beach, and another shadorma for Shadorma November.

You can see all the Beach I Ching posts here.


Beach I Ching 14


#21 Shih Ho    Justice

the search for truth
insisting on fairness
develop balance in all things

in proportion
everything connected
conscious awareness in circles

cutting out illusions
exposing the center of truth
the heart

alert mindful
truth and integrity
actions lead to consequences

looking deeply
wisdom decides action
everything is connected

thunder lightning
destruction and cleansing
rise up and cast out negatives

breathing growing
keep making connections
use power for the good of all

the quest for truth
stop speaking and listen
light revealing unobstructed

The truth
eyes open light shining
seeing through illusion and lies

I’ve been considering this hexagram since August.  The classical name for it is “Biting Through”, and the classical interpretations are all about punishment.  But the words “justice” and “truth” kept popping up as I searched through different translations and commentaries, and I think those words are closer to the spirit of the lines.

“The Quotable I Ching” actually called it Justice in one of its posts, suggesting that a look at the tarot card Justice would also provide insight.  And it did.

The cinquain cycle is a compilation of ideas from the various commentaries on Shih Ho that I read though and thought about as I looked at the hexagram.  As seems to be always the case, its wisdom is needed in the time and place the world is inhabiting right now.

You can see all the Beach I Chings I’ve done so far here.

Beach I Ching 13

#38 opposition comp
#38 K’uei  Opposition

There is really no “us and them”–it’s all “us”.
–The Quotable I Ching

“The reverse side also has a reverse side.”
–Japanese proverb

diverging parts
dance of opposites
each becomes the other
the small looms large balancing
blinding light with silent singing
reconciliation in wonder

opposition close up 1s

It’s been quite awhile since my last Beach I Ching–last December in fact.  I took more photos at the beach this year, but I haven’t even gotten to the ones I took in 2015.  Still working on the arrangements from two years ago.

But they always seem to hit the spot.  Plenty of opposition to go around in the world right now.  K’uei is a good meditation for these times.

opposition close up 2s

The poem uses the Secret Keeper’s prompt words from this week

You can see all of the Beach I Ching posts here.

Beach I Ching 12

#61 comp

#61 Chung Fu Inner Truth

“It’s the space at the center that creates the potential.”

“Sing the song that is the essence of your life, others will respond and harmonise.”

“Keep things straight, honest and simple.  No secrets.”

“Keep the evolving process of creation open.”

“Inhale.  Exhale.
Follow your own rhythm.”

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve visited my Beach I Ching photos.  Every time I do, they seem to have something valuable to say about where I am in the world, though.  I definitely needed this one.

“Trust in the universe even when there seems no particular reason to do so.”

You can see the rest of the series here.

Beach I Ching 11

                #42 Yi       Blessing, Increase

#42 Yi
Blessing, Increase

Wilhelm calls this hexagram “the fundamental idea of I Ching.”

“If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.”

“Do not be selfish with your good fortune.  Spread your wealth.  When you are generous to others you are being generous to yourself as well.”  (ichingmeditations.com)

“A kind heart does not make demands or ask for recognition.”  (divination.com)

This is a joyful hexagram of inspiration and abundance.  But, as dreamhawk.com cautions:  “Hexagram 42 shows the need to be generous with the abundance we have been able to collect.”

Wilhelm again:
“To rule truly is to serve.”
“Increase of what is below at the cost of what is above is out-and-out increase, because it benefits the whole people.”

…Congress?  Anyone in charge out there listening…?

i ching 11 #42 s

I still have beach i chings from 2014 left to complete, but I did do a new set of photos this year at the beach.  They are very different in both shells used and feel.  At first look, I’m not as happy with them, but we’ll see what happens when it comes time to really examine and explore them.

In the meantime, I’m off for a long weekend of family visiting.  Back next week.

Beach I Ching 10

             #37 Chia Jen     The Family/Community

#37 Chia Jen
The Family/Community

Also:  The Clan/Dwelling People/Identity/Foundation/The Psyche

“A solid life must have a strong foundation composed of truth and balance–balance between forceful action and gentle intuition.”
(Thom Williams)

“To fully understand your position, you must first understand yourself, and the whole of which your role is but a part.”  (pathfinder.3rdmilieux.com)

“Be inspired to be aware that the family you create or are part of has an effect on the larger culture.  Knowing how to behave in the smaller environment is important to knowing how to act within a larger context.”  (ichingmeditations.com)

“When the receptive qualities maintain their receptivity and nourish what is received, and when the active and expressive continues to create, there will be harmony.”  (dreamhawk.com)

beach i ching 10 comp

I had trouble with the traditional patriarchal rendering of the family in all the classic translations of Chia Jen.  Modern commentary seems to echo my uneasiness, and they tend to speak not of husbands and wives, or rulers and subjects, but of the contributions of all needed to make families and communities whole.

I did this random I Ching arrangement with my shells 3 times:  balance, balance, balance.  Every line is in its proper place.  Always elusive, but something to strive for.

You can see the rest of the Beach I Ching posts here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/beach-i-ching/

Beach I Ching 9


              #47 K'un    Oppression (Exhaustion)

#47 K’un
Oppression (Exhaustion)

Also:  Boxed-In/Confined/Reaching One’s Limit/Distress/Out of Darkness/The Shadow

“The oppressiveness of Doubt exhausts our inner resources.” (Anthony)

“You feel the exhausting futility of life.” (Williams)

fist s

“Keep in mind that failure…is but one part of the inevitable cycle of life for those who dare to live fully and completely.” (divination.com)

“We are all rooted in abysses and grow into the world.” (no2do.com)

“The answer lies beyond the realm of reason and logic.” (DeKorne)

47 center s

“When you go inward, you find something limitless and quite independent of human plans and changes, that doesn’t ask you to make sense of it.” (onlineclarity.com)

“Your only chance for peace is to live life the way you want to….what you believe, you will be.” (Williams)

“Let us be inspired and ultimately accept and integrate what we encounter….inhaling, exhaling.” (no2do.com)

rainbow s

“The best thing about hitting rock bottom is that there is only one way to go.” (iching.astrologyclub.org)

“To endure hard times….it is essential…to tab that wellspring of human endurance:  hope.” (divination.com)

i ching 9s #47

#47 in the I Ching inspires the most complex and varied interpretations that I’ve seen so far.

Sometimes there’s a drought:  the world lies heavy upon us.  It’s easy to get stuck in that place.

As we approach a new year, we long to do it hopefully, optimistically, gladly.

I’m amazed at how often the Beach I Ching I’m doing seems to be tuned into my state of mind at that particular time.  The words of commentary on “Oppression” give much to consider as I look towards 2015.

You can see the rest of the Beach I Ching series here:  https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/category/beach-i-ching/

Beach I Ching 8

 #1 Ch'ien The Creative

#1 Ch’ien
The Creative

“The way of The Creative works through change and transformation.”  (Wilhelm)

“Creation, development, fruition, consummation, the successive movements of the four seasons, all are carried out by one strength…”  (taoistiching.org)

1 the creative s

“each step…becomes a preparation for the next.  Time is no longer a hindrance but the means for making actual what is potential.”  (Wilhelm)