by Jason Morales
how navigate emotions?
which road to take?
where do I start?
would she still love me?
what am I not seeing?
am I getting closer?
throws & parallels
how best nurture my practice?
Chien / Obstacle
in the Crater Lake atop the Volcano:
when meeting an impasse,
I turn my gaze within
and view the obstacle
from a new perspective.
I offer my opponent nothing to resist,
letting a sage guide me in this.
The Obstacle lies in obstinance.
An insistence on only one way
of proceeding has brought things
to an impasse.
I may either continue banging my head
with irresistible force
against this immovable object,
or might step back and survey
this situation from a fresh perspective.
Which is immobile here --
the obstruction or my attitude?
Advance meets with breathtaking obstacles.
Remaining meets with criticism
from family and friends.
I stoically face trial after trial,
knowing my loyal labors will benefit another.
I advance alone
against insurmountable odds, or
remain in place, gathering strength and allies.
K'un / Exhaustion
A Dead Sea, its Waters spent eons ago,
more deadly than the desert surrounding it:
I stake my life and fortune
on what I deeply believe
as I pursue this musing.
This is the realm of the Shaman.
I've exhausted every alternative,
spent myself completely,
taxed body and mind beyond my former limits.
Survival and salvation lie beyond my reach now.
Only transcendence to a new existence --
a higher plane of being -- will see us through.
Metamorphosis is the only grace offered.
I return to my homeland as a New You.
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