double mountain

Hexagram 52 of the I-Ching is made up of a doubling of the trigram for mountain. I had it tattooed on my wrist.  The interesting thing about #52 is that, when read in reverse, it is Hexagram #51, made up of double thunder.  It represents shaking up the system, cleansing it, and initiating new beginnings.  It is a beautiful, awesome symmetry.

Hexagram 52 – Stillness

I cannot ride
farther than the cliff’s edge.  Ahead,
ridges of snow
smother the north frontier.

A hundred lands
must lie beyond the horizon.
A hundred stars
shine but cannot be touched,

while I fret, small
as a cricket on a boulder,
too weak to cross
even the slightest crack,

and then I think
of this mountain ledge that stops me.
I imagine
that I am the mountain,

and when I do,
the stars and distant lands revolve
around my heart
of stillness and silence.

from  The Living I Ching by Deng Ming-Dao


4 thoughts on “double mountain

    • Hadn’t thought of that… I like it! Tattoo is on the Triple Warmer Meridian (have the double fire on the heart meridian) so I was using it to remember to take calm, skillful action and to “roll that thunder out” when necessary. 😉

  1. Another amazing poem, I had to hold my breath (and the seat of my chair) in the end.

    The double lightning rod is a strong symbol in Himalayan Buddhism. It has the power to destroy all evil, but nothing can destroy it, itself.

    • Joseph, thank you for the gentle energy you bring to this space. I love playing with the I Ching, not for any predictions but for the wisdom in the teachings of balance and energy flow.

      Following your lead, I found this about the dorje: Associated with skill and compassion, it is regarded as indestructible and has the power to cut through ignorance. How wonderful… it fits right in with the theme of Compassionate Action – and what I need to practice, practice, practice!

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