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Consultation on Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 7:09 AM.
Present: 07 Organized Discipline
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The most successful general is not the one that triumphs on the battlefield, but
the one able, through strength of discipline and inner power, to triumph without
spilling blood. Likewise, in any large organization the key virtues are
discipline and conscientiousness. The most effective platoon marches with a
single purpose - a dedication to a lofty common goal which is held dear by all.
Otherwise, even with an excess of external discipline, unpopular wars are seldom
Let power be held in check by the acceptance of a common discipline, and
submission to a higher authority for the common good. When life is in balance,
evil impulses are checked by human decency; parents die before their children;
leaders lead and followers follow. If you hold or aspire to a position of
leadership, remember that the true leader captures the hearts of the people, and
articulates a clear, simple vision which binds them together.
In the realm of government, the relationship between the army and state is
critical. Only when the state is economically prosperous can the army be
strong. Only when the army is disciplined can the state be protected from
disruptive outside forces. For this balance to be preserved, government must be
steady, and mild toward its own people. When balancing strong complimentary
forces, modesty and generosity at the center can be a magnetic force which keeps
the relationships intact. Solidarity among all elements is essential for
success at this time.
There are two changing lines. Either one or the other or some combination of
both of them will be relevant.
The first changing line is Line 1:
At the beginning of any campaign, order is essential. Get your ducks in a row
before you start quacking orders.
The second changing line is Line 2:
Good fortune follows when the general works in the midst of his troops. Then,
when honors are bestowed, the entire army is proud to see the general rewarded.
Future: 24 Returning
This hexagram represents the quality of likely opportunities and challenges
arising from changes that are in process now:
There is a turning point which recharges you and eventually brings success. It
is associated with a turning of darkness back towards the direction of the
light, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, the day when darkness
begins to decrease and the hours of daylight increase. It is the beginning of a
turn-around; a time of letting go of the old and making way for the new; a time
of new beginnings, and it starts with rest.
Don't move too fast. The new momentum is just beginning; the turn-around
demands that your energy be recharged by adequate rest, so that your life-force
will not be spent prematurely. This principle of hibernation, of allowing
energy to renew itself and be strengthened by rest applies to many situations -
recuperation after an illness, the slow return of trust after period of
estrangement, the careful development of new relationships after a splitting
apart of old ones.