Standing Strong, Day by Day


April 7 – April 12, 2020

As we find ourselves in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, we find ourselves in a time of great change on so many levels.  It seems appropriate to turn to the The Book of Change, The I Ching.  The I Ching is considered to be perhaps the oldest of the existing sacred texts.  It is a Book of Wisdom.  For reference, the text from which I work is The Complete I Ching by Taoist Master Alfred Huang.
So today, I am launching a daily post reflecting on those teachings as they apply to the day and time for all of us, especially those in the United States.
Let us begin today, with  “18  Gu  Remedying”Line 3.
As the text begins we are reminded that when we just follow along with others, without thought of our journey, we may fall into patterns of living which often are not the best for us.  At such times, it is recommended that “one should turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start.”   As we reference this gua in terms of the times in which we are now living, it becomes quite significant.
The text presents of the image of being in a time when things have been neglected for a long time. 
It is a “situation of ruin and decay”
with a “need for remedying and innovating.”  
That certainly describes the situation in which we find ourselves with this pandemic. 
The text states: 
“The world will be regulated in good order. 
It is time to go forward and do something . . .” 
At this time we are in the midst of medical science  working very hard to find solutions to this massive problem.  And we are asked to do our part in changing our living patterns, by staying at home, allowing healing to happen — by not “stirring the pot” by congregating and further spreading this virus.
The text states that this is the meaning of
“turning over a new leaf and making a fresh start.” 
This is the process of Remedying.
We are advised by this Sacred Text,
that there is a
“proper attitude to adopt in remedying a difficult situation.” 
The ancient sages believed that no matter how difficult a situation was, there was always a way to work it out. 
“The attitude of the one who deals with the matter
is vitally important. 
Before starting, he should fully plan;
after finishing, he must deeply reflect. 
During the course of action
he should neither act  with undue haste
nor continue in the same old rut
and be content with temporary success. 
Otherwise regret will come.”
As we look at the current day, this raises the question if some of our leadership are trying to act with undue haste to push us back to the old way of living, claiming what may prove to be a temporary success? 
Our scientists certainly are saying that we need to continue this “time apart” — not go back to the old way of gathering in groups — they see this as a temporary success which can falter if gatherings occur.

I Ching, Line 3, April 7 – April 12, 2020, in the USA Chart: 

The temperament of this time, using the astrology of the I Ching, is as follows:

. . . there is an overly strong character. 
“With this kind of character, in dealing with the remedy . . . it would be difficult to avoid impetuosity.  There will be regret.”  
Is this suggesting that if our Leader / President / Clergy — is impetuous and encourages to go back to the old way — to go back to “being normal” — to go back to gathering in groups — that this will ultimately lead to regret?
This is a time for having resolve, for standing strong, day by day.  
Be Well.  Stay Well. 
Hear what the medical scientists say.
Posted:  April 11, 2020
Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee


There is no doubt that we are living in a time frought with tension, with crisis, with chaos, and hopes of peace amidst threats of war and turmoil.  We live at a time when children have been separated from parents who were seeking a better life for themselves and their children.  It is a time when many stumble, forgetting or not knowing what it means to care, TO BE the Hand of God that Holds ALL of Our Times.  

Today, I challenge all of us to remember that we are all called to the Light in this darkness, to be the Safe Haven, to be the Calm in the Storm.  If each of us can envision ourselves as the Beacon of Light — the Lighthouse — then one by one, we can show The Way to what it means to Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self.   Think about what that verse says.  We can only love another as much as we allow ourself to love our Self.  A few questions that we all need to explore are:

 “Do I love myself?”

“How is that love witnessed?”

“Do I care for my body, the Temple that Houses the Spirit?  How well do I feed it?  Do I Listen to What My Body Tells Me?  Do I Give It Rest, When It Cries for Rest?  Do I Thank My Feet For Carrying Me, Day By Day”  Do I  . . .  

“Can I look Myself In The Eyes In the Mirror and Say “You are a Beautiful Being of Light!  I Love You”!  Remember the Eyes are The Window to the Soul.  I challenge each of us to do this, Every Time We are In Front of a Mirror.  It can change our lives — and the lives of others!   

As we are willing and are embracing the beauty of the Spirit Within ourselves and others, we each become the Lighthouse.  We become the Calm in the Storm, the Light in the Darkness.  And one by one, We Can Shift the Energy of These Days To An Energy of Peace & Love & Caring for All — no matter what “garment” the Spirit is Clothed In.

May We All Be The Lighthouse, standing calm and constant, free of fear, embracing the Beauty of Diversity, Honoring the Life of All. 


August 9, 2018
Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee