At first glance, it might seem a bit disconcerting to receive “Humility” as your hexagram for today. Often times, humility comes unwillingly as a harsh reminder of not getting too much of oneself. We are forced to eat “humble pie” when our arrogance has caused us to falsely claim honors which are not ours to claim.
But there is another side to humility. Deng Ming-Dao’s interpretation from The Living I Ching offers us a different way of thinking of humility. Ming-Dao suggests that humility is only available to us when we are coming from a place of strength. Like compassion, it is a way that we are able to give to others. It is a voluntary relinquishment of your “credit” to provide the space for others to have the spotlight. In this way, our humility is a measurement of our strength.
This hexagram is the image of a mountain underneath the earth. If we build our spiritual and personal foundation as a mountain underneath the earth, it cannot be seen from above but it is supremely strong. We have the flexibility to adapt to change because we are not afraid of being exposed as a failure. We have already accepted and adopted failure as our ally. Being humble, we have nothing to prove because we have already given up our prestige.
This is a proactive stance to humility. As Hua Ching Ni says in his interpretation, “Weed your mental field.” Search out the places where your strength is also your vulnerability. Instead of letting humility be laid upon you in karmic backsplash kind of way, seek it out.
Practice it. Live it.
There is great strength in this.