Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Medium of communication

"Taking this as a warning, the superior man forestalls a violent collapse. If a man were to pile up riches for himself alone, without considering others, he would certainly experience a collapse. For all gathering is followed by dispersion. Therefore the superior man begins to distribute while he is accumulating." I Ching, Hexagram 43

I have been warned. Actually, "advised" is a better word and I am grateful for the nudge. The I Ching is a trusted mentor.

Of course, I understand if you dismiss any online "ancient Chinese oracle" as a mere computer game. When I first found it, I had my own reservations. I've consulted the I Ching for years but via the book and coins. I'm not a  purist. They don't even use coins, preferring instead traditional yarrow stocks but, tempted by convenience, I experimented with the online version and gradually it has become my main, go to, source. After all, binary code is just another medium of communication.

So, the question for which I received  Hexagram 43 (excerpt above) was, "Why is writing so hard for me?"

9 comments:

Roy said...

So, is it saying you should post more often?

asha said...

Well, mostly I was asking the I Ching to comment on a raging debate I have with myself about whether I should just post my poems on my annasadhorse blog or first submit them to magazines. A lot of publications insist on first publishing rights and will reject a poem even if it's only posted on your personal poetry blog that gets about twenty visitors a year.

I interperted its response as "One way or the other kid, you gotta give it away to keep it."

Roy said...

word verification: caste

someone said...

see? the message never changes. otherwise, its just firestarter.

wv: guederpo

Roy said...

I'm clinking around and found theAbysmal calendar site. I never heard of that, but it's kind of intriguing. Are you a proponent of it?

asha said...

Abysmal calendar site

Never saw it before, although I'm not much for complicating things more than they already are. What are your thoughts on it?

Kimberlee said...

maybe you should write a few out and leave them in seemingly random, but well placed, spots where others will read them and see what happens?

Roy said...

Oops. Sorry. I guess it was off-topic. I found the link just one remove from the i ching web site. But, I don't know what I think. It's interesting.

asha said...

Kimberlee, currently there's a small selection on my poetry blog. That's my concern. Even that's not okay with most publishers. ARG.

Roy, you're fine. And as for theAbysmal Calendar... thanks for doing the research and, as you've undoubtedly already noticed, I commented in more detail about it on your blog. :)