The Illusion of Urgency

Lying in bed last night distracted from sleep by gallons of sweat pouring off my body I found myself wondering just why the hell the Coincidence Coordinators seem to be throwing so many obstacles in front of me and the cats getting the hell out of here, one way or another.  It just oughtn’t be this difficult if I’m not chasing a wrong path, or am avoiding one I ought to be chasing.

I take this stuff seriously [and honestly don’t give a damn whether anyone else believes it’s insane for me to do so].  Seems clear to me in moments of insight the function the cats serve in my life is that of an anchor.  The weight of my contracts with them keep me from taking the easy way out and living in a tent, a cave, somewhere I’d rather be.  Somewhere the humidity’s not so high and the heat’s more bearable.

On the other hand, I’m not certain I’d find life worth living at all without these damned cats.  That’s another feature of my life a lot of people might find insane, and another feature of it I don’t need to explain, even to myself.  It’s good enough just riding the satisfaction I get sharing my life with them without demanding sanity out of it.

I think I’d do just fine without them if they exited my life without my having violated my contracts with them.  But violating the contracts as a means to drive my life somewhere I’d rather be would cut just about everything I value in myself off at the knees.

Of course, there’s this damned project over there dancing around in the wings waving its arms around demanding a particular uncertainty principle be dismantled, provided the Coincidence Coordinators continue providing the means to pursue it.  Which, thus far, they’ve continued to do.

So where’s the urgency in it all, thinks I?  Where’s the source of the fire I’m building under myself to provide a driving ‘need’ to be in a tent or under a bridge?

Physical discomfort, thinks I, must be a big piece of it.  Cripes, I think of myself as immune to allowing that to influence my life, but there it is. 

And of course, I allowed a number of expectations to creep into my mind, demands on a future I’ve no reason at all to believe will come to pass.  Things involving smelling pinon burning beside a stream, looking at rocks through a magnifier.

Enough of all that was still lingering in my mind this morning to get me asking the I Ching about it.  He ain’t always all that helpful, but “any port in a storm,” eh?

Consultation on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8:04 AM.

Present: Hexagram 61 Centering in Truth

Question:  What about just blowing it off and going to live in a cave or under a bridge somewhere?

Truth involves establishing an aware relationship between your inner core and the circumstances in your life.  Centering in truth involves the ability to perceive a fundamental wisdom, reflected within yourself – and also in others.

Truth is transformed into power when you disperse all prejudice and make yourself receptive to the world as it really is.  This power can be a remarkable force indeed – yet is rarer than generally imagined.  It can be maintained only by cultivating a genuine openness to things as they are – a willingness to see, rather than merely look.

Whenever your inner life is clouded, your influence in the world is under a shadow.  If you are fearful, you will be attacked; if you cloak genuine mysteries in dogma, opportunities for new insight will be lost.  If you vacillate in upholding your principles, you will be tested.  Yet, when you are firm and strong, the power of truth can break through even the most stubborn minds.

In any debate, the power to perceive the truth in the other side’s argument is essential to achieving success.  It is possible to influence even the most difficult people, or improve the most difficult circumstance, through the power of universal truth – for truth is something to which all things naturally respond.  Get in touch with that part of yourself that is aware of this universal force of truth.  Cultivate this inner resource, and you will become adept at using it to bind others to a common purpose.

The condition of things in the present is fairly stable. There are no specific changes indicated right now.


Guess I’d better dig out John Richard Lynn and read the judgements on Hexagram 61.  Otherwise I might get thinking it matters whether I’m crazy.

Old Jules

16 responses to “The Illusion of Urgency

  1. Most apropos, you gave me a little something here, many thanks!

  2. “Smelling pinon burning beside a stream,” sounds like a worthy idea to keep in one’s mind. I do very much understand your contract with the cats. I have a contract with my dog, Buddy, which is inviolate and not subject to any whim I may have. Sometimes, we’re where we are for reasons that are not yet revealed, but the CC’s Know. I like what your I Ching throw has to say about truth. Being receptive to the world as it really is, is a powerful, yet peaceful way to move through life.

    Thank you for this post. I needed to hear these things this morning.

  3. Being crazy is what keeps me from going crazy! Or as Waylon Jennings puts it, “I’ve always been crazy but it’s kept me from going insane.”

    Love your contact with the cats. I have one — they are unwritten, but bonding. Jules, keep the faith!

  4. “All the nicest folks are a just little bit tetched.” ~~ Robert H. Moore

    You have gained my respect, good sir, for acknowledging the contract made with your partners. It was first signed more than 6,000 years ago, and has been honored by many since then. Unfortunately, there are many people alive today who do not, and it makes me ashamed of being human to see people who have no clue as to their own responsibilities as parties to that agreement. I think what the I Ching told you means that your decision to keep your end of that bargain is the right one…. Besides, living under bridges is just silly…. If you want to do that, go to England & find some noveau riche looking for a hermit to put in their hermitage, & get paid for it….

    On another note, it is comforting to me to see others who are introspective; there is far too little of that going on today, which is a big contributor to the state of things…. You take care, of yourself, and those Egyptian gods you live with…. 🙂

    Oh, and R.H. Moore was my father…

    • gigoid: I don’t know much about contracts made by other people. Trying to live up to my own keeps my ear to the grindstone, generally. Actually the right bridge probably has some advantages in the right circumstances, whereas being a paid hermit owned by a rich guy doesn’t in my case. Gracias, Jules

  5. Great pic too. Best. Wesley

  6. I understand you dilemma having been there and being sort of there now. My solution is when there is doubt “do nothing”.
    Having abandoned animals that showed me loyalty and affection a couple of times in the past and having let loved ones down with my immaturity I have vowed never to do that again. Those affected got along fine without me but that doesn’t make me fine or help my conscious.
    Unless I go completely “round the bend” I will be loyal to my anchors. Even those damned cats.

  7. Oh man – so funny to read this. I’m a thousand miles away – literally and figuratively speaking – and I’m right there with you. It’s amazing the psychological pressure we can create with our plans and expectations and desires that we have no damn business putting into place to begin with. It’s uncomfortable as hell once we’ve done it to ourselves. And hard to accept that the urgency that’s driving us crazy came from nowhere and leads to nowhere. I wonder why we do it?

  8. Ah, perfume of cat and never a bath. Imagine that…

  9. Ya my friend a 9 is a new paridigm you made your trip in your mind 64 or 6+4 is 10 it’s time to kick and observe as your fourlegged friends do all the time you will move when you have to eat. I was just telling Judy a couple of weeks ago that cats are stabilizers so it was great to hear you refer to them as anchors. Cats can learn and cats can teach but only when they are excepted for them selves they are worth the commitment. Glad I stopped by.

  10. I have also found myself wanting to retreat to a cave or hollow tree (in my case). But I think it may be the same drive that put you where you are right now. In other words, wherever you go, there you are. You are not crazy, no. But I do sense that you may be more lonely than you realize, and also, ill at ease with something your heart wants to communicate to you. Glad you have cats for anchors while you work this out.
    Take good care of yourself,now, ok?

  11. Ah, the smell of pinion on the river or lake or juniper. The smell after a rain or of the burning wood. Calls me, too. Until I had these friendly feathered friends when I felt the call I would pack my bed roll, dog and a snack and head for the hills. Of course, living in the pinion and juniper trees with sage country the hills are just outside of town. Maybe, if your cats will travel with you can find a way to get there. Hoping you do for your sanity. blessings.

    • Hi Mary. I see too much sanity in other people to allow me to aspire to it. But one way or another I’ll manage to get back out there if I live long enough and the Coincidence Coordinators will sit still for me doing it, without requiring me to be sane, I mean. Gracias, J

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