I Ching Perseverance Furthers

When I was a young man, I was traveling around the country with my wife and son.

We settled for a while in Chicago and I found a great teaching job at Oakton Community College in Morton Grove.

One night, I went to a spiritual bookstore, expecting a talk on yoga.

Instead, the speaker was Father Eli.

His teachings and demeanor were so charming that I kept coming back each month that he spoke.

Along about May, he mentioned to me that he was offering a training in the Ozark mountains during the summer and that he wanted me to be there.

Naturally, with my doubting mind, I did not think that it would work out for me.

In June, we visited my parents in St. Louis.

It was a beautiful day and I consulted the I Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes about Father Eli’s training.

I drew the hexagram (a diagram of six lines, some solid and some broken, see below) The Power of the Great.

The judgement of the hexagram from the I Ching: “Perseverance furthers.”

To me, this was an indication that I should go to the Ozark mountains and study with Father Eli.

What I learned there, changed my life forever.

The main thing I learned was how to use and also how to teach other people to do creative visualizations.

I think they have saved my life and the life of my son.

But that’s another story…

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The Power of the Great

The only thing this video has in common with my story is the part about perseverance.

The translation of the mantra in honor of Shirdi Sai Baba mentions perseverance in conjunction with patience as attributes of devotion.

It is clear to me that my going to the Ozarks to study with Father Eli was an act of devotion.

I have continued to devote my life to teaching people meditation practices and creative visualization for healing and other purposes.

Please let me know what you think about this beautiful video and my story.

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The I Ching or Book of Changes

I have used several version of the I Ching, but this one is my favorite. It is also the classic text in more bookshelves than any other.

Note: This video first appeared on Best Meditation Videos on September 14, 2012.

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