Hexagram 18 -- HEALING
Hexagram 18 is known by many names: Work On What Has Been Spoiled -- Decay -- Regeneration -- Corruption -- Addressing Neglect -- Restoring -- Tending -- Convalescing -- Needing Repair -- Undoing A Bad Legacy ...
I awoke this morning with a poem in mind, and a need to move. A need to de-silt the river of mocking thoughts and habits; an urge to scale away old stupidities that revel in their own dead weight.
As always, the oracle spoke to me. "Mary Oliver," it said; "Wild Geese." Here is Mary's poem:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place in the family of things.