“We human beings are only a part of something very much larger…We must use whatever methods we can to understand the movement of the universe around us and time our actions so that we are not fighting the currents, but moving with them.
-Memoirs of the Geisha”
Infinite possibilities lie before us. But not all of these options are beneficial to our lives. Life, as you and I know, is about making choices. It is about creating your future, through your actions and choices, with the help of the 6 steps.
Yet to create this future, you have to leave your comfort zone and venture forth into the great unknown. To reach your goals, you have to go through the darkness of uncertainty. Even with the best-laid plans, you are bound to stumble over unseen obstacles. You are bound to let unforeseen developments catch you off guard. Today I tell you that this need not be the case. With the 7th step, you will gain greater clarity about the opportunities and pitfalls that lie along your chosen path. If you so choose, you can reduce uncertainty in your life and light your way to your future.
Is Ignorance Bliss?
What would you do if you knew it was going to rain from the weather forecast? You would carry an umbrella or adjust your plans to deal with the rain right? What would people who lived near tsunami-prone areas do if they knew in advance that a tsunami was coming? They would probably scramble to safety with their loved ones.
There is nothing special about such events. We have developed the technology necessary to foresee these events in advance. By looking at the warning signs that precede events, we can tell what is likely to follow. From this knowledge, we can adjust our actions according to circumstances. My question is this. If you were in the shoes of the villagers, would you rather know or not know in advance that a tsunami was coming? Would you rather heed the warnings early or ignore them and react later when the waves hit land?
The Nature of Signs and Events
Events do not happen in a vacuum or out of nowhere. Before an event happens, there are signs that precede it. For example, before a volcano erupts, there would be unrest deep inside the volcano itself. One of the signs of this unrest would be gas emissions from the volcano. Alternatively, a guy, who has ulterior motives towards a girl, would manifest those thoughts in his mind. Then, from his body language, words and actions with her, his motives become plain.
The problem with signs is that we may not always be aware of them. Or if we were aware of the signs, it may be too late to do anything about it. After all, how can we tell a volcano is about to erupt unless we can see the gas emissions or get warnings from research centres? How can we read a person’s intentions unless we are face to face or have contact of sorts? Yet even if we are not aware of the signs, events will still happen. And some of these events can have a direct impact on our lives and plans. The major events will not wait meekly for us to prepare. They will ram us over like a runaway semi whether we are ready or not.
Common Ways of Dealing with the Unknown
The question is what can we do? How can we prepare for something that we cannot foresee? We could try to prepare for as many possibilities as possible. But he who tries to defend everything defends nothing. We could go forth into the unknown and hope for the best. But can we really bear every single setback we face? Is advancing boldly forth always the best course of action? In truth, that is not the case. There are times when we should wait or retreat to avoid costly losses. Actually, the answer to the problem is really so simple that it is absurd. If we knew what is likely to happen, won’t that solve all our problems? If we knew what is likely to happen, won’t we know how to prepare and where to defend? And this knowing is not just empty talk. It is possible to know with the 7th step.
The 7th Step of the Vizier: Divination
What is divination? For me, divination is being aware of the flow of events and its impact on our actions and choices and vice versa. There are many forms of divination around today. One of the most popular forms is Tarot Cards. I personally use I-Ching divination. What is startling is that a book that is thousands of years old is still relevant today. To illustrate my point, let me tell you a story that happened this morning.
Divination in Action
Vizier’s Note: A person’s privacy is of the utmost importance to me. As such, I have obtained my friend’s permission to share this story. For the purpose of privacy, I have changed all their names.
Julia was thinking of going to an event tomorrow before she left town. But she could not find anyone to join her. So, she decided to search online for like-minded people. By posting her invite on some forum, she managed to get a response from two complete strangers, David and Peter. Now meeting an online person in real life can be tricky if you are a girl. This is especially so if the person is a complete stranger. So Julia sent me an email and asked me to do a divination this morning. She wanted to know which guy was safe to go with her to the event.
Now I knew nothing about a David or a Peter. Heck, I did not even know she was attending the event tomorrow because we are not even on the same continent. In any case, I did the divination. From my readings, I discerned that David had ulterior motives. Peter, on the other hand, was a safer bet for her. As such, I advised Julia to go out with Peter instead of David. After that, I got back to writing the article that you are now reading.
A few hours later, she messaged me on MSN. She said that she had just chatted online for the first time with David and that our suspicions were right. It seems that David was looking for friends with benefits online. In his first sentence to her, he said the usual pleasantries. Hi, how are you I am so and so etc. But in his second sentence, before Julia could say anything, he revealed his intentions outright. She did not even have a chance to probe or prompt him to confirm our suspicions. She also shared that she got along better online with Peter as expected. Even though we have been divining for years, it still amazes us to see how spot on we can be about things we could not possibly know. At this stage, I want to stress the following points about divination:
-Divination is not a self-fulfilling prophecy
-Divination is not something you can cleverly deduce through logic alone
-It is perfectly possible to know the unknown across time and space with divination
-Divination is a tool we can use to make better choices in life
“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle, but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting.
If Julia goes out with David, it would be a messy affair for her to fend off his unwanted advances. Some people just cannot take no for an answer. But with Peter, I am sure she can handle herself without any problems. By divining the outcome of events before they happen, we can make better choices in our lives.
Update 08/01/11: For those of you who are curious, the event with Peter went well. He was a gentleman, good company and Julia enjoyed herself. This is as we foresaw.
The Need for Divination
Now you and I can afford to make small mistakes and absorb the losses. But what will you do if it is a life and death situation? What will you do if the mistake is too costly for you? What will you do if the stakes are too high? What will you do if the fate of your loved ones hangs in the balance? Is it better to prepare for a terrorist attack after they hijacked the plane, or to avoid that flight altogether? Is it better to have a business partner swindle us of all our hard-earned money or to avoid the venture altogether? When we make costly mistakes, the common refrain is, “If only I knew, I would have done things differently.” The lucky ones get to lament in such a fashion. The unlucky ones are no longer around and the family they leave behind have to make this lament.
On the other side of the coin, would it not be better to work on a venture that you know will be fruitful? Would it not be better to begin a relationship where you know the both of you will get along? Can you see the benefits of foreknowledge? Can you imagine a life with less uncertainty? The future is not set in stone. Your actions and choices shape your future. If you knew the options and outcomes beforehand, would you be able to make better choices? Knowing should always happen before, not after an event if you hope to make a difference.
Parting Thoughts on Divination
Before I end off, I want to say that divination while potent is not a miracle tool. It is a tool and a tool needs a skilled user to unleash its potential. By itself, divination is useless. For us to benefit from divination, we have to use it in tandem with the 6 steps of shaping the future. Any one of these steps is useless alone. But when you combine all 7 steps, you will gain greater control over your life and future. What I have covered thus far, is only the tip of the iceberg. In my future articles, I will discuss the uses and limitations of divination.
With divination, I know what to do and what not to do. I know when to act, when I should wait and when I should retreat. I also know how to do what I have to do. When you act in harmony with the times and circumstances, you are likelier to attain the success you want. By doing so, your loved ones will benefit as well. Since change is the only constant in life, by living in harmony with change, you will be better able to shape your future. If you are interested in applying divination to some problem or unknown you have, please feel free to contact me to discuss the matter further. Otherwise, thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy article.
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