Wondering about Hexagram 41 (DECREASING)
Barack Obama, in his inaugural address, drew on St. Paul's directive to "put away childish things." Obama spoke to the adult in all of us -- despite the festive ambience of the day. "Humanity, it's time to grow up," was a theme ...
I got to thinking about the 41st Hexagram, DECREASING. Implications of this hexagram include a distillation of something to its essence -- although 41 doesn't imply the thorough stripping away of Hexagram 23 or the pervasive sense of loss of Hexagram 18. Hex. 41 seems to augur a more gradual and subtle diminishment -- a time of frugality, careful weeding, conscious reduction, and "Less is more."
The question that sacrifice asks is: "What are you willing to give up to ensure your own unfolding, and the unfolding of what is holy in your life?"
Gregg Levoy, Callings
Image: by Sulamith Wulfing