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 Tao Time - Flow Like Water, Burn Like Fire

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Ninth Moon
October 7 - November 6
Seasonal Command: Hexagram 57, The Gentle and the Penetrating 
Instruction: Enter the Ninth Moon period to balance the push/pull forces. Know your appetites. Conduct an inventory.
Sources of Good Fortune Self examination and contemplation. Weed the garden; expose the difficulties; be clear and decisive.

Sources of Bad Fortune Using force to accomplish things. One cannot oppose a natural force, yet one can ameliorate its potential disastrous effects.

This is an important moon for anchoring balance, grounding, and receiving the support of your allies. When you are in a place of ambivalence around a decision, you could gain some emotional clarity around issues you have been trying too hard to "think through."
Take some time around and through this moon to focus on balance. It may mean taking some things off your plate and replacing them with some things that will serve you better. As you take inventory of your life at this time, ask yourself where you could use more support and help. Set some attentions to  support you need from the allies and helpers that can give it.
The theme of this New Moon is BALANCE THE PUSH/PULL FORCES. KNOW YOUR APPETITES. This is a TIME TO TAKE INVENTORY. With new insights, hard lessons and a creative outlook, you can use this Moon to consider a new direction in some areas of your life.
SPLITTING APART 23 When the harvest is gathered, unless the trees are properly protected and the ground properly cared for, your next cycle of growth will be impaired and endangered. When the traditions of society seem to have been stripped away, the ideal person will continue being generous and benevolent while remaining quiet. The action of no-action is not cowardly, it is wise. When deteriorating forces dominate the moment, the ideal person gives expression to silence, behaves with docility and remains devoted to high motivations.
Nature, cultures, societies and human-kind all in time exhaust themselves. There is a time for becoming, for being and for begoning. Be aware when one has gone too far, for this creates the condition for deterioration to set in..  
Face challenges with compassion and kindness. Remember not everyone has the tools that you do to see the bigger picture.

 A New Moon is always a good time to reset, clear the past and restart the new. 

Receive the Daily Lines of the Lunar order of the I Ching on facebook at Tao Time. 
Paths to Access the Oracle
Effective ways to experience the wisdom of I Ching
I Ching is a comprehensive compendium of human characteristics both individual and group. The book is a philosophical text of 64 chapters codified in hexagrams that can be accessed using a divinatory method or by constructing an image by combining two trigrams into a hexagram. As a sacred text the I Ching is a channel to communicate with the great mystery.
   Transformative Tao accesses the Oracle through four paths: What time is it for me?, Three Currents, Twelve Branches and the I Ching Lunar Journal.
   What time is it for me? In Hexagram 63 Line 2 the wisdom 'Do not pursue: you will get it in seven days.' A hexagram spans six days. By following the path, experiencing your life and contemplating the question a realization or manifestation will come to you. The reading is 90 minutes and costs $25. Schedule a What time is it for me?
  Three Currents In Hexagram 23 the wisdom is the flow of three currents in the triad beget, become, begone also in be, do, have and idea, design, product. The form of the inquiry is What time is it for me? How do I think and act in this time? What do I prepare for? The Three Currents conversation takes about three hours, plays out over eighteen days, three hexagrams and costs $45. Schedule a Three Currents
  Twelve Branches is a 72 day, 2 1/2 lunar cycles spiritual journey that encompasses your life and times. Twelve Branches carries on the mandala diagrams and arcana attributed to Taoist fangshi of the Han Dynasty (206BC - 219CE) that became public during the Song Dynasty (960-1278CE). The seminar includes 14 lessons and costs $90. Schedule preparing for your Twelve Branches two weeks before the next New Moon.
  I Ching Lunar Journal is a year long diary beginning on the Chinese New Year, this time falling on February 5th, 2019, The Year of the Pig. The lunar journal carries you through a naturalistic time and serves as a repository of your insights and transformational development. The book is $45, a year long seminar is $300. I Ching Lunar Journal is available now. You can enter at any New Moon.
  Your life activities, including intentional, habitual and happenstance, are the means and matters of the pathways. By faithfully and diligently sojourning through the I Ching you'll realize your request in it's most appropriate form. Be like water.
   The I Ching is both the vehicle and a map of a transformative shojourn. During the days of your journey your daily personal life and activity is your landscape. Everything is material, those you encounter deliver messages, things are given and taken away, stuff happens. The approach is experiential. One acts from instinct and intuition independent of judgement. Results are measured in matters and means.
Being in the Way of the Transformative Tao cultivates seeing what is coming, hearing what is about to be said and knowing what is ready to happen for you. This way is auspicious in providing openings for spiritual alchemy.
NOTE: Participants provide the I Ching text of their choice for reference. Recommendations at TaoTime. A Transformative Tao mandala:  

Methodically stay with it and you will reach the appropriate manifestation of your original inquiry.
40 Years of Study and Development
The one called Dale Bruder is among the cultural creatives of our age. He has developed and resurrected implements and techniques to use the I Ching in the times we are in. The methods describe and predicates elements, processes and experiences through practices involving uses of the body and mind.
One of these implements is the Transformative Tao 12 Branches process: following one of sixteen mandalas in a Zen shojo discipline.
He has shojouneyed through twenty-four inquiries to reach a place of naturally maintaining an ideal way.
"Being in a Transformative Tao process shifts the chaos, absurdity and suffering of ordinary life into messages and lessons. Everything is material for manifesting means and matters. Liberating!"
Each and every pathway is a complete ecology. The Oracle chooses the most appropriate path for your Shojourney. Accept and engage it. You will benefit.
Want to know more about I Ching?
The I Ching's capability to both predicate and guide makes this a venerable source of wisdom. 
By using and applying identifying and studying the 64 hexagrams, or six lines of text, one grows in understanding of discerning time: when to act, when to be still. There is a time for everything. 
A presentation on the I Ching and the Lunar Year happens on the day of every quarter moon phase. Contact the Tao Time Master at to attend or schedule a presentation to your group or to have a personal conversation with the Oracle. 
Flow like water
Burn like fire
Year of the Dog began February19th, 2018 continues to February 4th, 2019. Enter a 12 Branches at any New Moon.  Auspicious times to launch your Zen Shojo on a path to realize a manifestation. More
I Ching Mandalas of Transformative Tao
   The 16 mandalas of the Transformative Tao are sourced in the nuclear hexagrams which represent all 64 I Ching hexagrams.
   Each Mandala contains 12 hexagrams evolving from and to the synchronized response of the Oracles' answer to your inquiry.
   An I Ching Mandala is identified by an eight word phrased inquiry of the I Ching Oracle. The answer is a path over 72 days synchronized with the 6 lines of the 12 hexagrams.
  The path is navigated in a Zen shojo, a personal vehicle that enlivens the I Ching through living the text. The means and matters of your life are transformed into material that fuels a realization and manifestation of your inquiry.
   In essence, this is spiritual alchemy; the philosopher's stone of transmuting lead into gold.
  Each of the 16 pathways brings the most appropriate manifestation of your inquiry into reality. The qualities and values of your manifestation arises from your disciplined practice.
   Through intentionally constructing a declarative request then asking the Oracle, a response appears that leads to one of...     
 The 16 Pathways 
Originating: How can I liberate creative energy? What wants to be created? 
Receptive: How am I being guided? How can I lend my strength? 
Separation: What has worn out? Is there a less painful way to let this go? What is underneath the surface?
Return: What is just beginning to germinate? How can I follow my sense of direction more closely? Where might the path lead now? 
Nourishment: What nourishes me? How is my hunger motivating me? If I accept this as nourishment, who will I become? 
Generating Advantage: What is overloaded? What have I outgrown? What must I do? 
Family: Where are the boundaries of the 'home' I inhabit? How am I building inner and outer relationships into the home? What kinds of growth does this environment support?
Opposition to Advantage: What if the difference was not a threat? How can this tension be creative? If I can't see eye to eye, what can I see?
Removing Obstruction: Where can I find help? How can I see the obstructions differently? Can I imagine going a differently way? 
Deliverance: If nothing could bind you, where would you go? Do I 'have to'? Who says? Which path leads to where I want to be? 
Break-through: What do I stand for? How do I define myself? What belongs in my realm, and where do I need to make a clean break? 
Coming to Meet: What would be an adequate response to this new energy? How far could this change go? How far will I let it go? 
Development: What is evolving here? How can I be more patient? 
Marrying Maiden: How can I grow into this situation? What does it mean to me to come in second? How sustainable is this? 
After Completion: What is decided? What now? 
Before Completion: How to prepare for the crossing? How will I know when it's time?
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