60 in a Billion

The probability of getting 24 Fu four consecutive times in an I Ching consultation is something like 60 parts per billion, which is not very likely.

Last night I was having a conversation about high technology start-ups and venture capital with a friend over skype. This morning I did the I Ching. This afternoon we went to the seaside and this evening we decanted some apple and cranberry home brew wine for our “nut store”. We shall bottle the apricot and the apple during the week to come. I have started doing some chanting on and off, a return. I have been writing about returning to the source like Neo, in some sense.

As per usual the inscrutable I Ching provides much food for thought. 

The sense of Fu is pivot / fulcrum about which the trajectory of a life changes.

I get my cancer clearance arse-camera later this year, I may get my metallic pin removed from my hip. None of these things can be rushed.

The I Ching is being fairly insistent that things are starting to change…

How and in what way remains to be seen, it is a bit of a mystery….


as the tide of years

rubs the sand

against the bastion

of your pride


your certainty

your inviolate truths

as you succumb

again and again


as you choose

face over courage

arrogance over humility

as the very sap drains from you


secure in your safety

as the cotton wool familiars

bed downy nights with you

and those certain dawns


when the calendar

of your days

grows ever shorter

and even the sand, runs out


that bastion can join you

in your box

your succubus, your incubus

and mate for all eternity


and when you pass

and see them both

nestled there;

will your Soul cry?

Humility Quotes

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Albert Einstein


I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.

Nelson Mandela


We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called mystery.

Paulo Coelho


In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Galileo Galilei


One may be humble out of pride.

Michel de Montaigne


Don’t be humble… you’re not that great.

Golda Meir


Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.

Jawaharlal Nehru


Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.

William Gurnall


I’m humble enough to wait and just chill. I’m having fun just working with these good people, man.

Mike Epps


Yes, I am proud, and very humble too.

Anne Sullivan Macy


Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

Saint Augustine


Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

Rick Warren


If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.

Ted Turner

No more ripples

Whence cometh I?


In a plainsong chant

Caught on a cloud

That brought me here


And I signed it with my blood


To leave behind

No more ripples


Than a stone makes

On the surface

… … …Of a pond


No regrets, no memories

Unused and unfiltered


To have lived a life

Extreme, yet largely unnoticed


To have probed the

Very edges of existence

… … … and yet


Remained humble


To never have willingly

Lorded it over another


Always to offer a choice

And never to force


To have sought

To have found


And in the finding

To renounce all

… … …That binds


To soar singular

Where no one dares


Unheard and unheeded

To plumb the depths


… … … Of mystery


To point as prow

Into consciousness


To climb the cosmic ladder

And sing my song


And to Ganesh

In the stellar Kush


Whence goeth I?


In a plainsong chant

Caught on a cloud

That takes me there


And I sign it with my blood