~ Stick # 24 ~
Life is broken by meaningless quarrels, TRADITIONAL INTERPRETATION
Like fallen blossoms drifting over the ocean.
You will never find grace behaving like a fool.
All that can leave you is a heap of troubles.
Troubles lurk ahead, but you have no option but to put up with your present difficulties. Remember that tolerance can be a lifesaver, and avoid talking about others behind their back. Look after everything carefully and avoid risks; just keep on working as hard as possible. Only your own determination and willpower can bear you through the problems that are coming, though it may be a good idea to move to a new area if your problems seem totally insurmountable.
Something is keeping you from resolving a profound problem. The Bible says never to let the sun go down on your anger. Resolve differences quickly; otherwise they embitter you, twist you up, and waste your energies, as well as of those of the person you are angry with. In the end, disagreements must be solved - unless, of course, you want to ruin everything you have worked for.
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