On reading omens part 2

I used to read the Yi Jing a lot, the Chinese Classic of Change.

I often received a result that included words like “It furthers one to have somewhere to go” and “It furthers one to see the great man”.

I baulked at these lines, not because I disagreed with them but because I had nowhere to go, and no idea who “the great man” might be.

Somewhere to go

Throughout my life I’ve often had a yearning to go somewhere, with the sense that once I got there I would find respite and a sense of identity.

But where was this place? All I had was a feeling.

Knowing the INFP temperament, I can see that this Feeling is the place I was yearning for. Not a physical location, but a feeling-place presented to my imagination as a physical location that I had to find.

It was a message from my innermost being, guiding me not to a physical place but to a Feeling where I would find rest and strength.

There was no mystical cave or temple monastery to go to in search of wisdom.

Or maybe there was, but I had already read so many stories of people who travelled to some mysterious destination only to find that what they were looking for was within them all along.

Without going out of your door you can know all things on earth, without looking out of your window you can know the ways of heaven. The farther one travels the less one knows.

– DaoDeJing

Find the feeling

The work I’ve done this past year with the Abraham-Hicks material has shown me that everything begins with the feeling.

It was not fruitless to have only the feeling of the mysterious place I sought; but it was a mistake to discount and suppress the feeling just because I could not find an obvious physical correlation to it.

The feeling itself was the place I needed to find and take comfort in and from.

This is especially true for Melancholic-Phlegmatics (INFP/ENFP) because our yearning and search for ideals means that we don’t always appreciate or move toward real instances of what we desire.

We might look around and see nothing that matches our desire and our ideal, so we tear down the ideal as too vague or too unrealistic or simply unhelpful.

But feeling better is the most helpful thing in the world. Feeling better is the reason why we pursue our ideals in the first place.

It’s not so much that achieving the ideal will make us feel good, but that feeling good is aligned with these particular ideals and desires peculiar to us as individuals.

Re-reading the Yi

Without resistance the idea of having “somewhere to go” elicits a feeling that is very uplifting. In this sense it matches the spirit of “seek and ye shall find”.

Some people know exactly what they want. But for others it’s better to know how we want to feel, and then let feeling be the filter and the guide that brings us to what we desire.

Re-reading the Yi Jing in this light, in a strictly personal, private interpretation, the meaning is much clearer than before because it is unconstrained by worries about objectivity, historicity, and consistency with how others might have read it or are reading it now.

In the reading of omens none of that matters.

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On reading omens

An augur is someone who reads omens.

Since we create our reality, pretty much anything and everything can serve as an omen.

But omens are most potent when they are emotionally significant, because it is as a match to our emotional state that the elements of our reality take shape.

For example, I’ve recently been reassessing aspects of my past, my formative years, with a sense of finality and moving on from bad experiences that had shaped my whole worldview.

Coinciding with this, a neighbour has liberally fertilised his yard, leaving our adjacent yard reeking of death and swarming with flies.

For years we’ve used the back door of our unit as the main thoroughfare, but because of the smell and the flies we’ve started using the front door…like normal people, I guess.

To me it is obvious that this occurrence is full of meaning.

One’s home signifies one’s life. In this instance the back yard is necessarily the past, and I’ve been living through the past for many years.

The openly foul smell and irritating flies are coming not from my property but an adjacent one (not my fault), and I’ve simply had enough of it, choosing to no longer live through the past but instead live in the present.

The front of the house represents also the self that we show to others, whether it be authentic or a facade. I’ve lived in two different places since I left the home I grew up in, and ironically in both of them the front door has stood unused and perpetually locked.

Symbolically, choosing to use the front door is a definite separation from my childhood home and a new way of engaging with the world outside.

I’ve lived here for years, but it feels now like a new home in a new world, no longer quietly coming and going through the back – through the past – at least until the air has cleared!

Coincidence?

Just a coincidence? Well coincidence comes from “coincide” which means “occupy the same space, agree in position” and apparently comes from Medieval Astrology…

We might use the word now to denote a meaningless relationship between two events, but that’s just a reflection of one’s worldview.

If you have a meaningless worldview, then of course events will be meaningless to you.

But to me it is fitting, or meet, that events coincide like this.

And to what end? Always to orient us, to help us see the underlying meaning and purpose and significance of life.