I am a scattered worry-wart, especially about things I have no control over. For quite some time now, I had been worried about the economic issues that plague our world, and recently, I posed a question to the I Ching about world economy and how we could best survive through this tough time. I did a divination and came up with the answer (more on that later), and it was a very good answer, to be quite honest, but that is not what this posting is about. No. This posting is about the following subsequent times which with I kept nagging at the I Ching.
In truth, I am what is known as a ‘dieseler’, meaning I keep dieseling the same ideas or sets of ideas over and over and over, when I am not settled or placid. There was something inherently obsessive about me that day, which kept needing to continually hound the I Ching about my top worries, so I asked I Ching again, and again, the same question. Each time I did a new divination, I worded the question slightly different, but essentially, it was the same question each time: “What can I do and how can I live through this great global recession that is hitting everyone?”
The answer, after adding up all the coin tosses, was Hexagram #4 – Youthful Folly.
Youthful Folly has success.
It is not I who seek the young fool;
The young fool seeks me.
At the first oracle I inform him.
If he asks two or three times, it is importunity.
If he importunes, I give him no information.
I just sat there and laughed. I had been told, in no uncertain terms, to chill and stop asking her the same questions over and over and over. She had answered me, so all I had to do was take heart that her response to me was in fact, the truth, and if I followed her advice, I was going to sail through this troubled time just fine.
Since this time around, I did not get any flashes of insight from I Ching, only a rebuff, I nearly decided not to post my findings, but upon hindsight, this was also a valuable divination, and a much needed lesson I had to learn. So I decided to swallow my pride and tell it like it is. Here is my valuable lesson.
I could ask I Ching anything I wanted, and she would give me the answer most pertinent to my question, but she did not like it when I asked her the same questions too many times. Once or twice, and she would respond and repeat herself (and she really does repeat the same answer twice, in different ways, if I wasn’t sure what she meant and asked again), but I think this time she put her foot down. There has to be a respect for the I Ching, and there has to be a respect for my higher self. Without that respect, all communication breaks down.
I had to learn to trust her and not second-guess her answers.