Invisible Dust Accumulates


After a thoughtful moment of staring at me, Hapkido master, Mr. Kim, declared: “Invisible Dust Accumulates.” Puzzled I politely asked what the heck he was talking about. He replied something about invisible dust blocking light. I replied that if the dust were invisible then how could it block light? He just shook his head.

That “Invisible Dust Accumulates” business seemed kind of funny to me but I did not laugh out loud because Mr. Kim was a hulking wall of muscles and had won Olympic gold medals in Hapkido among other things.

Fast-forward several years. Out of curiosity I was reading a book on the I-Ching when a clue to the mystery appeared: Hexagram 36 (Hiding Brightness). Here is one interpretation of the I Ching Hexagram 36: “…hide your light”.

I had guessed that the “invisible dust”  was of the chattering mind, which makes it difficult to see the “true self.” Meditation clears that “invisible dust” from the mirror of the mind.

Thinking back, he may have been referring to my slow progress in class, intimating that I must do better.

I Ching hexagram 36 is so very meaningful. The I Ching is a book worth reading. I highly recommend it.

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