Universal power is the influence of the universe as a sentient
The spiritual influence is supremely restrained: It is so subtle,
uncontrolling as to have the lightest touch of all powers.
A perennial background to more forceful foreground powers,
it thrills the cosmos with a song of
Love that is difficult
to detect above the foreground din. Universal power is a beacon
to harmony but does not enforce it.
Universal power leaves us free to exert
in the conduct of our lives
and can be obscured by our personal forcefulness.
The world abounds with personal powers obscuring universal power,
disturbing its harmonious expression.
We can become aware of universal power by being quiet and attending to subtlety.
We can follow its rhythms by fluidly adapting to change. We can
harmonize with it using a delicate, sensitive
touch. Following its song leads us to Love.
Feeling its thrills intensifies our sensibilities.
Harmonizing our personal power with universal power gives human and
The hexagram describes the restraining of power.
The universal spirit influences the world but does not control it, while we have personal power
because we are not spiritually controlled. By modestly restraining our personal power
we can avoid obscuring universal power and give greater expression to the spiritual harmony.
In the random fall of a hexagram, the spiritual influence becomes apparent
because foreground influences have been restrained.
In meditation we become aware of the spiritual subtleties
because foreground influences have been subdued.
Universal power is absolutely modest. To utilize it we too must be absolutely modest.