Bruce Lee On The Notion of Strength and Suppleness As Complementary, Rather Than Contradictory Forces


Just as an object needs a subject, the person in attack is not taking an independent position but is acting as an assistant. After all, you need your opponent to complete the other half of a whole.

The gentleness/firmness is one inseparable force of one unceasing interplay of movement. If a person riding a bicycle wishes to go somewhere, he cannot pump on both [of] the pedals at the same time or not pump on them at all. In order to move forward he has to pump on one pedal and release the other. So the movement of going forward requires this “oneness” of pumping and releasing, and vice versa, each being the cause of the other.

— Sifu Bruce Lee

I Ching ~ Week of August 18, 2014

DA YOU  #14 —  Da You  —  Possession in Great Measure


Above:     Li                    Radiance, Brightness, Fire
Below:     Quin/Gan    Heaven, Energy, Spirit Power 


Patterns of Meaning:

Radiance/Fire:  Brightness that brings clarity and passion.
Energy/Parch: The dynamic act of nourishment and creativity; letting go of the old to incorporate, create, and make use of spirit power.


The Wisdom:

Heavenly forces
Make way for great possessing.
Improvement comes
By yielding to fate.
Fire is strength, and heaven is clarity. This is a most auspicious combination. These elements together indicate that all is moving upward. This is a time of abundance, improvement, and success.Your efforts, along with your intent toward goodness—for yourself, for your associates, for your family and friends, for the Earth—have created the present auspicious state. You may feel that improvement and abundance have yet to manifest in your life; however, this is where you must give yourself permission to take the eagle’s-eye view in examining your current situation and your progress on the path. Magically, from this height, you will see that your pathway has been correct; the abundance you have earned is waiting for you.
Abundance in all things
Awaits you;
Simply look
And calmly lay claim.
You now possess great power to manifest what you desire. Not often do we get a gift of strength like this. You see your situation clearly, and it is good.
The obstacles that once caused you to stumble are removed, and overhead the clouds have parted. Do not overreact. Remain calm, and your vision will become clear and your passion will lead the way to gain whatever it is you put on your cosmic wish list. It may be money, but don’t stop there—that is but a small part of the equation. You can now have clarity of purpose, but only if you remain calm and refrain from getting giddy or greedy as you are moved beyond obstacles to go deeper into spirit and love.To make you aware that the time of abundance is indeed here, you are feeling certain inner stirrings—of passion, happiness, or perhaps just a certain lightness of being. Do not become confused about these stirrings, which seem to come from the center of the Earth or from the place we identify as Heaven. Know that these feelings are a message from Spirit: they are meant to get your attention and are given to you in recognition of good works and proper intent—and also to wake you up.Immediately look to your inner core, to your true self, the one operating outside of greed, pride, or judgment. That is the real you, and it is good. This understanding of your authentic self is now available to you as never before. You are in the radiance of your connection to Spirit, to Gaia, to the great Oneness.
You are given a light
That can shine on all that has decayed.
It is within your power
To restore what has been spoiled.

You have passed through a time of doubt and darkness. Some might call it depression. It wasn’t that; it was you, warming up to get ready for the big breakthrough.During this last period we have passed through, the light of love, abundance, and success has at times seemed like a fleeting memory. You may have felt like you were being teased by the light—just at the very moment you thought you would grasp it, it slipped away—now you see it, now you don’t.Never doubt that the universe has a wicked sense of humor. It is to keep you on your toes and make sure you have the ability to laugh at yourself, the self you often take so bloody seriously.Through your perseverance and good intention, Possession in Great Measure is here and here to stay, if you allow it. Be aware that Da You, while sounding the bell of abundance, also carries a formula for abundance attached to a warning: that to maintain this joyous and abundant pathway you must refrain from arrogance, judgment, and self-delusion.

Recall your what brought you here on your pathway; pretty magical, if you look at it from the right end of the telescope. Appreciate what you have done and who has helped you achieve the necessary clarity to reach for and maintain what is yours. Honor yourself and them—especially those who have sorely tested you. Opportunity abounds now, whether in business, love, your health, or your spiritual development. Be generous in all things, and this time of abundance will continue to circulate through your life.

At this time, the pieces of the puzzle of life have come together to make a beautiful image of the future and your place in it. Obstacles are removed, and darkness and the dark ones are vanquished. This is a time when you have been readied to receive great blessings—in love, business, health, family, and friendships.

Sometimes the ego tells us that what we see is false, an illusory trick of the mind. Do not let fear or doubt allow you to conclude that what is being presented to you is yet another manipulation from the ego to hold you in the bondage of feeling separate. Do not let the ego have its way with you, as that would only prevent you from claiming the abundance and joy that is placed squarely before you. These presentations will not be subtle, either; the light of the universe is shining on them.

Trust and remember to share the wealth that now comes to you, in whatever form it takes, like a warm, fragrant breeze floating on an early summer night. In case you may have forgotten, that breeze is called love, and it is a flow.

Use love to illuminate your path and the path of those who walk with you. In this way, the way of sharing, your love, inner strength, and spirit will increase, and the harmonious circumstances that set things in their present course will be recognized and honored. To keep the current of love flowing through your life, use humility, grace, good manners, and generosity.

When we are positioned well in times such as these we must recognize that we have a responsibility to our family, associates, and tribe of friends. As you feel more secure in your seat of abundance, give of your time and loving energy: to children, to the beneficial ecology of Mother Earth, and to all the living beings that surround us. There is transformative magic in these actions, and you are now the magician. Recognize your role and act on it. In this way, this blessed cycle will repeat again and again in your life.

Shine like the sun at midday. Bring laughter and happiness to those around you. The true message of this hexagram is held in your heart. It is the key to gaining the confidence to magically transform your own life and the lives of those around you. If there is love or a new opportunity on the horizon, it is time to let it in. You are safe and strong and have a clarity that you very likely have never known before. At this time love will grow as never before. Abundance will increase in proportion to your love, and your heart will soar.

Oftentimes we hear the warning to not take things personally. This is not such a time. Take this time, and the joy and abundance that go with it, very personally. It is yours. Sing, laugh, be joyful, and allow yourself to love and be loved, and love yourself. Now is the time to be a cosmic love generator.

Many blessings