In the early nineties I began to write about something I call The Path to Grace.
The components of this had to do with survivor scenarios and ways to return to balance or Grace. I remember talking with a renowned author and lecturer in the counseling field about my ideas and him saying that the word grace was too religious and would not be greeted positively by the general public.
Recently I have noticed that the word Grace has found it’s way into our everyday dialogue. Especially, as the concept of spirit, mind, and body being interconnected is more consistently identified when discussing health.
Ken Wilber, in 1991, called his book about his wife’s battle with cancer, Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber; so I guess I was on the right track.
I have studied the I Ching for over twenty years. This is a profound, philosophical book. Both Confucianism and Taoism have their common roots in it. I prefer the translation by Richard Wilhelm, with a foreword by Carl Jung. The Book of Changes identifies hexagrams that indicate the ebb and flow of energy, and power.
The I Ching hexagram 22 called Pi / Grace states the following:
The most perfect grace consists not in external ornamentation but in allowing the original material to stand forth, beautified by being given form. …The inner structure of the hexagram shows harmonious equalization of the movement, giving no excess of energies to the one side or the other. … This is the form of heaven. Having form, clear and still: this is the form of men. If the form of heaven is contemplated, the changes of time can be discovered. If the forms of men are contemplated, one can shape the world. …The form of human life results from the clearly defined (Li) and firmly established (Ken) rules of conduct, within which love (light principle) and justice (dark principle) build up the combinations of content and form. Here too Love is the content and justice the form. …. Here we have a standstill (Ken) outside and a clarity (Li) inside…. p494-496 Wilhelm’s I Ching
Grace is the form where Light, shows the authentic truth of an individual.
The state of Grace allows for the opportunity for one to let go of their habit reaction patterns, survival strategies or scenarios and let their true, authentic self show through.
It’s through compassion, mindfulness, and paradigm shifting that you can reveal your authenticity and thrive in the present moment. This, to me, is the path to Grace.
Think about how you can be still, with clarity, and respond in the moment to your situation mindfully. The path to grace is mindful interaction with compassion and responsibility.
See you tomorrow.