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It is generally not a good idea to have any favourites. This way, you will not favour one thing over another and have bias in your actions. Even so, one of my favourite changes in life is the time of deliverance.

How can I not like it? After a period of difficulty and hardship, tensions begin to ease; things take a turn for the better. I have survived a time of danger and am now on the threshold of reaching my goals. But here it pays to be cautious and manage well to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Complacency can be my undoing. How then should you manage a time of deliverance?


I-Ching Hexagram 40 by Ben Finney

Yijing Hexagram 40: Deliverance

DELIVERANCE. The southwest furthers.
If there is no longer anything where one has to go,
Return brings good fortune.
If there is still something where one has to go,
Hastening brings good fortune.

What is a Time of Deliverance Like?

Before you can manage deliverance, you must understand its Tao. The time of deliverance refers to the turn of the tide after a period of danger and hardship. You are in the midst of overcoming the obstacles that blocked your way. The problems you face are being resolved. But this is just the beginning; it is not yet time to rest on your laurels. Here at this critical juncture, there are a few things to take note of and do.

How to Manage a Time of Deliverance?

1. Resolve

Deliverance may result from your efforts or external events. In both cases, you will need resolve. For the former, you need resolve to see deliverance through to the very end. In the latter case, you need resolve to make full use of the change in the times.

When it comes to resolve, clarity is vital. You must know why you do what you do. You must know what your purpose is and why you fight instead of just giving up. Only with such clarity of purpose will you have the necessary resolve to manage a time of deliverance.

2. Do What the Situation Demands Right to the End

Not all deliverances are the same. Some require more work than others do. For instance, deliverance from an unhappy marriage is generally more complex than deliverance from an unpleasant job. In both cases, it is important to have a plan with clear goals and solutions to guide you.

Because this is the start of deliverance and not the end, there might still be things to do. If so, it is best to do them as swiftly and as thoroughly as you can. Do things well so that there are no mistakes. And make sure to pre-empt any future problems you can think of before they arise.

It is unwise to lose focus at this critical juncture just because the tide is turning. Such complacency may well be your undoing. Instead, steel yourself for the final push and see things through to the end. Then you may celebrate your well-deserved victory in peace.

3. Return to Normalcy

During periods of hardship, you have to endure intense pressure that causes you great stress. When deliverance comes about it is like rain after a long period of drought. It cools the atmosphere, relieves tension and sets the stage for life to flourish once more. Here you will feel a great sense of relief and liberation as you unload a great weight off your shoulders.

But at this point, it pays to be careful. For too long you have operated at one extreme where you had to endure hardships. There has been much pain and sacrifice on your part. A sudden change in the situation for the better might compel you to swing to the other extreme. You might want to make up for all that you lost or suffered. Here, there is a danger that you might overdo your triumph. Going too far is just as bad as not going far enough.

When deliverance occurs, do what you must and no more than you need to. Greed or hesitancy will only lead to disaster. Once there is nothing else for you to do, the most prudent course is to return to normalcy as soon as you can. But depending on the change involved, it might be a new normal. Celebrate and relax, but do not overindulge. The key point here is to return to your regular way of life, which you can sustain without going to extremes. This is the way to manage deliverance and succeed.

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Taking Action

How do you manage a time of deliverance when tensions begin to ease? Do share your thoughts and comments below! :)

Reference

The I-Ching or Book of Changes Translated by Richard Wilhelm, Cary F. Baynes. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997.

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  11 Responses to “How to Manage a Time of Deliverance”

  1. Wow…this is interesting. It is almost like having a tarot card reading, with a card showing up that describes a simile to “time for deliverance”.

    I am recalling a recent episode that has caused me a great deal of stress. During the time of deliverance, I could still feel the remaining effects of the tension. It was hard to release and let go, despite using a few of my self-help techniques.

    What helped me was that I did not do anything but I just waited for things to pan out. While I was advised to make an attempt to put things right, I did not. However, when the right opportunity came to make a conscious effort to return to normalcy, I sprang into action. Throughout the time of deliverance, I also continued to focus on what the bigger vision is. So even though I was initially reluctant because of my ego, the higher intentions of love and understanding eventually took hold.
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    • Hi Evelyn,

      Yes it is indeed like drawing a tarot card. Such are the similarities of divination.

      I am glad to read that things worked out for you in the end. In the midst of adversity when we have to deal with the fog of confusion, it can be hard to see the best way to manage. One strategy may not be enough and we may have to adopt a few to deal with things as needed.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  2. Hi Irving! It’s been a little while and I sort-of fell off the face of the earth. :) I think you have some great points, but in my experience, none of them matter if you don’t get the first one right. Resolve is so crucial to getting to where you want to be. If you don’t know what that is, you can’t possibly expect to get there.

    What I’ve learned is that that knowledge of what you want must be specific. It needs to be direct and easy to articulate. That has made a huge difference in me taking action and planning my efforts out. Good to see you, my friend! Take care!
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    • Hi Bryan,

      It’s alright, I had my own experience falling off the face of the earth as well. Glad to have you back! :)

      Indeed resolve is the most crucial factor in managing a time of deliverance. The article simply will not be complete without it. Nothing would change without the willpower to make things so. But here, we have to be very clear about what we are trying to achieve so we can focus our efforts.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  3. We all like it when a time of hardship has come to an end. Finally getting to the light at the end of the tunnel always feels really good to me. My secret is to not build anymore tunnel.
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    • Hi Justin,

      Indeed the end of hardship is a huge load off our shoulders.

      The tunnel may be long, but step by step we will get there if we work towards it and do not make the journey longer than needed.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  4. Ahh yes. Expertly stated Irving. Indeed when things are darkest we can see the light. I’ve gone through my share of “deliverances” and anyone who is committed to realizing their true nature must expect to do so. When I trust that I can handle life when the dark side reveals itself, I am able to determine my attitude in even the most challenging of moments. A pledge to personal trueness gives me a sense of personal power. Life intends for us to continually reach higher in a spirit of harmony and unity even when going through the muck and mire.
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    • Hi Rob,

      Muck and mire is part and parcel of life and the only way to grow and develop as people. We cannot run away from it if we are serious about living. Only by being able to deliver ourselves from adversity will we gain the capacity for greater deeds and embrace our true nature. Therefore, how you manage and perceive dark times is important.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  5. Interesting point to manage your deliverance carefully. I, like many others have experienced the ebb and flow of life. It is a relief to let go of the struggle a bit and feel the situation ease. Hopefully there have been lessons in our journey, so that we will have learned what we need to not travel that path again if it has felt harmful to us. It is always refreshing to see the light once again.
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    • Hi Cathy,

      I have read a fair amount of history books and seen armies snatch defeat from the jaws of victory simply because they did not act appropriately at crucial moments. Managing deliverance well is not something we should take lightly. Indeed it is a relief to let go of the struggle and embrace the light, but do be careful of swinging to the other extreme.

      Thank you for sharing your lovely comments! :)

  6. This is great inside news on the making of Deliverance. Thanks for all the hard work putting this together.
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