~ Stick # 62 ~
Holding a piece of fine jade is a rare treat. TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
It should be valued and loved as a worthy item.
Only great wealth can buy such beauty;
Great things deserve great honour, after all.
While your current goal (whether it is recovering from sickness, making a long journey, or starting a business) will take a long time to succeed, patience will eventually lead to affluence. Profits, both financial and personal, may seem small at the moment, but they will eventually accumulate into great riches. Let reason and logic be your guide, and wait for the perfect moment to put a plan into effect.REFLECTION
You have been privileged, but do not think it will last forever. Good fortune is like a piece of jade. The rare jade has passed through many hands of many centuries-those who thought they owned it are dust now, but the jade still exists. Treat fortune like that, and recognize that it passes on to others and is only with you for a moment.
~ Stick # 26 ~
The shadows of flowers hang about the doorposts,
And the moon reflects the traveler's weary face.
A crane's mournful cry breaks the silent night,
Urging the wanderer to hurry back to his home.
When you embark on any endeavor, you should look out for warning signs that the enterprise may not be as successful as you hoped. If you find any such clues, cut your losses as soon as possible. Do not waste your energy in useless persistence, and remember that good times cannot last forever. For you, success in anything depends on both choosing the right moment and ensuring that you have a safe refuge if things go badly.REFLECTION
The good times do not last! You have had it good for some time, but look for the signs of inevitable change and decay. There is nothing to be afraid of in this. Change is inevitable, as the I-Ching always reminds us. The Buddha saw dependency on what is bound to change as one of the main causes of human misery. And Jesus said to live each day as if it were your last. So watch for the shadows of change, and welcome them as you would the cool of autumn after the heat of summer.
Each day I sit down, take up the cup of sticks and ask the same question, “What does the Keen community need to know or hear today?” I shake the cup until a stick (or 2 or 3…) falls out. I then post the stick number and the meanings for you to get what you can out of them.
The sticks themselves are a form of I-Ching. There are a total of 64 sticks in the set that I use* with a poem and small interpretation/story to go along with each stick. The poems, meanings and reflections are meant to be read and (as a good friend of mine once said) marinated in. In our culture, we’ve grown accustomed to getting instant gratification. In other words, we’re used to everything being given to us with little or no work on our parts. These readings are the exact opposite of that type of attitude.
Chinese Fortune sticks are meant to make us slow down and reflect on what is being said. As each sticks’ meaning can be profoundly personal to each person who reads them, it’s more important for you to read them rather than have someone give you a watered down version. These readings are meant to sing to a level of your consciousness and bring you a measure of peace, or at least enlightenment.
The best way to get the most you can out of these readings is to approach them with an open mind. Before sitting down to read that morning’s reading, make some quiet time for yourself. Sit still for a moment and clear your mind. Silence the chatter in your head and take a few deep breaths, letting them out slowly. Once you feel yourself slow down a little (or a lot), read through the reading of the day. Go over it a few times if you feel the need. Then take a moment, sit back and think about what that reading means for you. Some will be very straightforward; others require a bit more thinking. Either way, let the reading from the sticks guide you that day on the decisions or experiences you have. These aren’t meant to tell you what to think, but rather to help you look at things in a different way or to allow you to access truths you already have.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me!!
* written by Zhao Xiaomin & Martin Palmer