Can you do the work that you love despite vulnerability? I-Ching Kua 26 Great Restraint

Is this a continuation of where I left off from the last blog post?  (I’m asking myself.)  Vulnerability! Exposure!  Who likes it?  The MIND wrongfully interprets vulnerability as inadequacy. Learning to be a professional intuitive will expose all that jazz.  Transcending ego boundaries can feel like swimming naked and alone in a dark and unfamiliar body of water.  Lovely visual, isn’t it?  But it’s true—usually, the MIND [ego] doesn’t want to appear (even for a nanosecond) as if it doesn’t have its act together.

These thoughts are inspired by a divination tool, the I-ching Kua 26 “The Taming Power of the Great”, also called “Great Restraint”.  How do we tame that MIND and allow vulnerability without making mountains out of mole hills?

By keeping still and holding firm, even in the face of the abyss in which the ego fears losing power, identity and self—that’s how.

M. Thurston, former director of A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce Organization) synchronized Cayce’s channeled messages with the I-ching. He calls this Kua “Setting Forth” and for this one he writes, “One must leave the sanctuary of one’s home and put to work the principles espoused intellectually, or her life has little meaning.”  This sounds like “walk your talk”, doesn’t it?

That reminds me a good deal of people who write not because they need but because they simply cannot NOT WRITE.  These are folks are doing what is natural to them and cannot imagine not writing. But I’m sure they, too, have experienced challenges that attempt to break down their resolve.

And then there are those ‘starving artists’ and ‘starving actresses’.  They simply cannot NOT DO what their heart and soul will not permit them to quit trying to do—they do their craft anyway.

Yet, the trick in all that is that once we start to “sweat the small stuff” as the old saying goes, we are becoming overly attached to our ideas about whatever it is we are fretting over or whatever we find ourselves overly defending.  We can be overly identified with our beliefs about who we are and what we do here.

And thus, we must allow the vulnerability and fears of inadequacy while remaining in our truth—that’s the bottom line.  If you swim naked in the darkness of the abyss, you will probably bump into others eventually—perhaps one of them will be me.