cultures of both the Americas were living in harmony with life; in tune
with the cycles of nature and its basic rhythms. They understood the
four directions (East, North, West and South) as our anchors - the four
gates of our material world. Not only in the geographical sense, but
equally psychological. All life on our planet is regulated by the course
of our Sun. Day and night - spring, summer, autumn and winter are making
it possible for us to count time. These cycles give us basic rhythms
and roots. Not only all of the vegetation cycles are tuned
and surrendered to the celestial rhythms but also our physical, mental
and emotional bodies. We are part of this world, in an intimate relationship
with it - in fact, we are it.
four directions, East, North, West and South represent the four different
formats of energy. Their constant (r)evolution
generates life energy (Chi), spiraling the universe higher and higher.
A dance - celebrating the eternal Now.
The four fundamental forces of nature are another expression of the four directions. Recognizing
their inherent qualities reveals a deep interconnectedness. Beyond all
complexities we can perceive cosmic oneness and synchronicity.
I Ching's perspective opens yet another
door to taste the four fundamentally different expressions of life energy.
Represented by the color RED
we are in accord with the laws of heaven our action is innocent
an Eastern day the main energy is initiative,
pulsating, forceful and innocent . Red, the color of fire,
symbolizes constant renewal, rebirth and new beginnings .
The sunrise and the spring remind
us that everything begins in the East .
are preoccupied with yourself - be it struggling with
personal problems or about the establishment of self. The power
of vision is the gift of the eagle , the
totem animal of the East.
expressing the energy of the East: 1 - 5 - 9 - 13 - 17
electromagnetic force determines how
electrically charged particles interact with each other, also determining
their behavior within magnetic fields . The electromagnetic
force governs the emission and absorption of light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation .
electromagnetic force is a long-range force .
the I CHING East is depicted by the hexagram
25, "Innocence - The Unexpected" .
arousing Thunder below and the creative Heaven above.
we are in accord with the laws of heaven our action is innocent."
electromagnetic presence of spirit (an invisible but extremely structured
and still fluid energy-field) naturally beams us - provided that we
might allow letting go of patterns and habits. This brings us in contact
with the new - the unintentional, forevernew and unexpected.
North Represented by the color WHITE
hearted keeping still
a Northern day the main energy is internalized . North resonates with winter and mid-night . Inward refinement implies wandering into
the labyrinths of one's mind. North implies a strong intellect and critical evaluation . North's color
is white, which in fact isn't a color at all. North means aloofness , defensiveness and distance to emotions . The totem animal of North is the buffalo ,
its gift is purity . This is the shaman's realm , recalling our connection to the spirit world .
expressing the energy of the North: 2 - 6 - 10 - 14 - 18
Gravitation is always attractive, never repulsive.
It pulls matter together , causes to give weight . It is the weakest of the four forces. Gravitation
governs the motion of massive bodies, such as planets, stars and galaxies. Gravitation is a Long-range force
the I CHING North is embodied by the hexagram
52, "Keeping still - The Mountain"
below and mountain above.
is rest because the movement has come to its natural end."
the process of becoming silent, approaching inner emptiness. Mind and
heart becoming a mirror without any ripples. Different stages of detachment
from our physical and individual form are illustrated in the commentaries
of the six lines. Relaxing the toes, the legs, the hips and sacrum,
the trunk and the jaws lead to the sixth line, marking the end of the
keeping still. Good fortune."
statement marks the consummation of the effort to attain tranquility.
Not only at rest within oneself but in total surrender to the whole.
The ego has resignated, the drop has disappeared into the ocean - has
become the ocean.
Represented by the color BLUE
and adaptability to obstacles are the laws of evolution
a Western day the main energy is about merging with the world as a greater whole. We are concerned with our relations with
others. West is the place where we loose our egos ,
where inspiration is born , where
constantly new worlds are created . West is all about cooperation and compromise . The
color of West is blue, stating royalty , reflecting oneness , the huge sky and the vast ocean. West is
connected to the times of sunset and autumn , when we earn the merits of the day or the
season. The totem animal is the bear , symbolizing strength and nobility . West appears
as self-assured and strong , not afraid of surrendering
unto existence , ready to let go, to move with the wave of
life, inviting, open, prepared to disappear as an ego. West is the most
mysterious of the four directions - transformation is an ongoing as
a highly surprising and creative play of interaction.
expressing the energy of the West: 3 - 7 - 11 - 15 - 19
weak nuclear force causes the radioactive
decay . It transforms atoms of a certain
kind into a variety of different new elements. Each atomic decay sets
free a proton, an electron and an anti-neutrino. The weak nuclear force
is responsible for synthesizing different chemical
elements . Although the radioactive decay is a seemingly chaotic
process, each single type of atom (isotope) has its defined period of
half-life, its wave. The weak nuclear mainly occurs in stars
and in supernova explosions. The weak nuclear force is
a short-range force .
the I CHING West is manifested by the hexagram
46, "Pushing Upward - Determination"
gentle wind (wood) below and the receptive Earth above.
inherent power of growth supersedes gravity. Flowing with the sap of
life one is in harmony with the divine will. Following the spirit's
call one levitates towards one's fulfillment. It is a vertical ascent.
Most important is meeting powerful and authoritative individuals. Through
them you meet your future. You are pulled to reach your destiny, to
accomplish your potentials. Divine discontent is seducing you - despite
any wavering - to transmute, to move on. Centripetal forces are propelling
you, dispersing you constantly.
and adaptability to obstacles are the laws of evolution"
and sincerity are the resources for growing upwards. Perseverance, evolving
step by step and mindfulness about the whole process are the prerequisites
promising great success.
South Represented by the color YELLOW
merit constitutes the basis of external order
a Southern day the main energy is fiery
and expressive . South is the last of an evolutionary pulse,
bringing the intentions of East, North and West to full blossoming . South is highly idealistic, very outspoken, directly
reactive and emotional . South is yellow, midday and summer season,
there is tropical heat and abundant vegetation . This abundance is challenging our rational side .
Either one gets afraid of or attached to this overwhelming release
of life energy . South can express in disillusion when the
manifested visions do not take physical form immediately. The totem
animal of the South is the Coyote , offering us intuitiveness
and wisdom to find one's path to mature and recognize one's destiny .
expressing the energy of the South: 4 - 8 - 12 - 16 - 20
Strong nuclear attraction holds together
protons and neutrons within the atomic nucleus, preventing the
mutual repulsion between the positively charged protons . Being
the strongest of the four forces , this energy is set
free in huge amounts in nuclear fission as well as in nuclear fusion.
The power of strong nuclear attraction is the source of vast quantities
of energy, which fuels the stars, providing the means for life to evolve
on Earth-like planets orbiting the stars.
nuclear attraction is a short-range force .
the I CHING South is represented by the hexagram
10, "Treading - Conduct"
joyous lake below and the creative heaven above.
the inherent differences between high and low is the basic condition
for successful interaction despite circumstances. Intelligence treads
upon power, revealing the appropriate code of behavior which facilitates
merit constitutes the basis of external order."
freedom of entanglement and surrender to the inner call are the qualities
to develop courage. Challenging great powers one needs caution, resolute
conduct and perseverance. The awareness of dangers grants ultimate success.
Then one becomes a role model of victorious action.