The fact is, everything changes, so everything changes.
The Philosophy of change in I-Ching is that: Change is eternal and universal both for the cosmic and the human plane; therefore it is necessary for us all, to know how to adapt to it. I-Ching is one of the more popular and timeless Chinese Books that dates back to the Fu Hsi and Yin dynasty that should be roughly 3000 B.C.(yeah, that wayyy back). Whilst it was then, predominantly used as a Book of Divination (meaning predicting future events) it has been referenced by several philosophers and psychiatrists as well. (Carl Jung for one), as the Book (Scripture) of Changes. It's an oracle.
I have always believed that the central theme of the way of the world is "ONE YIN, ONE YANG". The polarities, the dichotomies. The bright (yang) and cloudy (yin); heaven and earth, sun and moon, light and dark, masculine and feminine, hard and soft.
Change is the constant, it determines the predominance of either. The "Yi", the character for Change, is depicted as the sun piercing through the clouds.
In my simple understanding, there is a lot of sense in the Chinese philosophies rooted in its pragmatism. Getting a grip of the "What is" and "What Is Not", emphasizing that humans preoccupation with activities which conditions are temporary should be corrected and avoided. It is said that, not only that you should not subdue things by force to your will, but you should know to use the circumstances in order to achieve your purpose.
I was fully convinced that this is not going to be easy, but when I think about it, "when you go with the flow, and ride with the tide", there is least resistance, both inside myself and the whole landscape of my reality.
The Eastern philosophies (Confucianism and Taoism) subscribe to the idea that any movement should be made on the line of minimum resistance. ( I laugh at this because I should have listened to my Dad and I have once made a Post on this). Choosing the Path of Least Resistance.
But listen up, the Taoists believe in 2 basic rules of Human conduct:
- Whenever you want to achieve something, you should start with its opposite. "In order to take, one will surely give first." It's called subtle wisdom.
- Whenever you want to retain anything, you should admit in it something of its opposite. "Be bent and you will remain straight. Be vacant and you will remain full. Be worn and you will remain new."
And rightfully so, "Everything flows ... and this too, shall pass."
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