More Guidance from the Book of Answers (2006)
Universal keys for creating peace, prosperity, love and happiness
By Wu Wei
After reading 2 books of i.ching by Wu Wei, I think his books are quite interesting. This i.ching book gives more wisdom to lead life. His books on i.ching are simple and easy to read. I intends to buy his i.ching books from Amazon.com. I guess I am a funny person. I must read the book from the library first, if I like it then I will buy the book to keep.
1. We create the world by our expectations
Thinking the world is a selfish place, we find selfishness. Thinking the world a generous place, we find generosity. Believing ourselves capable, we set out towards accomplishment ; believing ourselves incapable, we fail to begin. We are far more powerful than we believe, and everything of which we conceive is within our grasp.
2. Do not despair
Time of despair come to us all – times when troubles seem about to overwhelm us and hopelessness fills us with despair. Our belief that there is no hope and help are available, and in sufficient quantity to cure even the greatest problem. It is an eternal law of life that we must all pass through the fire, for that is where strength is gained, endurance enhanced, and the secrets of our hearts revealed to us, but it is also true that all times of trouble are followed by times of gladness.
3. Everything comes at the appointed time
It is not necessary to have all the ingredients of a project in hand at the outset – they will come at the appointed time. It is only important that we move forward with the project until that appointed time arrives.
4. The forces of light and dark fluctuate constantly
The forces of good and evil, negative and positive, wax and wane incessantly and proportionately, the decrease of one resulting in an increase to another. One of the greatest benefits of using the i.ching as a tool of divination is to discover the time of the light force and the dark, and to act accordingly.
To thrust ahead during the time of the dark force is the way of the imprudent, and he who takes action at that time invites misfortune. To make progress during the time of the light force is the way of the wise, and he who takes action at that time realizes his goals and soars to the heights of success as swiftly as cheetahs over the plain.
5. The person of good conduct finds an easy path through the world
A person shows good conduct by acting in a manner appropriate to each situation. He is courteous, mannerly, and non-offensive in situations that call for such conduct, and he is aggressive, deliberate and courageous when that type of conduct is indicated. When we use good conduct, no resentment arises against us, and our forward progress is smooth and easy.
People admire, respect, and look up to us when we have mastered the art of good conduct. For our demonstration of good conduct, we will be sought after, and many fine opportunities will come our way.
6. Music eases tension from the heart, releases thoughts from the mind, and inspires us to greatness.
Great music stops the inner turmoil of thought and allows the mind to seek it s natural state of joy. Every day should find us spending some time giving ourselves over to some great composer whose music lifts us into the rarefied atmosphere of angels.
7. In social intercourse, one should not try to be all-knowing.
A person who speaks as if he knows everything soon drives away his listeners. We should be easy to talk to, and grateful for new information. Acting in that manner, we will not only gain the information we need, we will also convince people of our modesty, and as a result, we shall arrive at our goals as swiftly as arrows shot from a strong bow.
8. Evil eventually destroys itself.
The nature of evil is destructive. Therefore, anyone who employes it to gain his ends is always himself damaged by it.
9. The inferior person, seeing no advantage, makes no effort.
A person who sees a way to help another but does not do so because he sees no advantage in it for himself is, according to an the ancient sages, an inferior person. His limited point of view defeats him. The person who desires to leave things better than he found them, who does more than his share, who is not attached to rewards, who is always seeking to benefit others, who knows he is cared for and reward by the Universe for his every effort, is able to act selflessly, without expectation of a reward or a return, without thought of advantage, and of him it is said, “He is better than the best,” and of course he is greatly rewarded.
10. To preserve what we have, we should give generously
To preserve our relationships, we give of our time, our assets, our attention, our help, and our love. To preserve our wealth, we give generously as we are accumulating, so we do not invoke the Universal law of maximization, which states that when anything reaches its maximum potential, it turns towards its opposite. By doing so, we will be added to in every beneficial way. Neither will we attract resentment, and no one will hinder us, but all will seek to benefit us.
11. To compose our minds before speaking saves us from great error.
To compose our minds means that we calm our emotions. Speaking in anger, frustration, or without careful thought, often leads to regret and misfortune. If we intend that our words do not hurt but bring good cheer, we will speak in a manner that will see us rise high in the hearts of all with whom we communicate.
12. Know the seeds
The beginning of change is impeceptible. Good fortune and misfortune both have their respective beginnings long before they become evident. It is only after sufficient changes have occured that we can perceive toward which end our actions will take us. One act does not make a person noble, nor does one act make a person bad. It is only a continued course of action along either of those paths that result in the creation of a good or bad person.
13. In the times of greatest prosperity, decline is imminent.
This is universal law. Times of prosperity can be lengthened, times of decline can be shortened, but they cannot be avoided. It is only when one has risen to a great height that one can fall from a great height. In times of prosperity, hardly anyone listens to the sage who foretells of the coming change because we are too busy profiting and enjoying the good times.
It is way of the wise to prepare for the time of decline in the time of prosperity, and he who does so will prosper, and he who does not shall fail.
14. The superior person looks down upon no one.
Even the weakest or worst among us has been deemed worthy by the Universe to receive the rays of the sun, beams of the moon, and the benefits of water, air and fruits of the earth. Whom the universe so honors, should we look down upon or despise? The most aware among us progresses along the path with one hand reaching out in front to receive help from another and one hand reaching behind to give help to another.
This is universal