Today: Renounce the assumptions, preconceptions and prejudices that bind you to a dull existence without inspiration and prospects for growth. Look deep inside yourself to find the key to a more interesting life.” – from the I Ching
Renounce the assumptions, preconceptions and prejudices that bind you to a dull existence without inspiration and prospects for growth. Look deep inside yourself to find the key to a more interesting life.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
29 – Twenty-Nine K’an / Dangerously Deep
Water follows Water, spilling over any cliff, flowing past all obstacles, no matter the depth or distance, to the Sea. The Superior Person learns flexibility from the mistakes he has made, and grows strong from the obstacles he has overcome, pressing on to show others the Way.
You are facing a crucial trial along your Journey. The danger of this challenge is very real. It is a test of your mettle. If you can maintain your integrity and stay true to your convictions, you will overcome. That’s not as easy as it seems when you are faced with the sacrifice of other things you’ve come to depend upon or hold dear.
Six at the top means:
Bound with ropes, thrown into a thorn-filled chasm. For three years he is lost in this wasteland. Misfortune.
Bound with cords and ropes, Shut in between thorn-hedged prison walls: For three years one does not find the way. Misfortune.
A man who in the extremity of danger has lost the right way and is irremediably entangled in his sins has no prospect of escape. He is like a criminal who sits shackled behind thorn-hedged prison walls.
61 – Sixty-One Chung Fu / Inner Truth
The gentle Wind ripples the Lake’s surface: The Superior Person finds common ground between points of contention, wearing away rigid perspectives that would lead to fatal error.
Pigs and fishes. You may cross to the far shore. Great fortune if you stay on course.
The subject of this hexagram discovers a key to Tranquility by first gaining insight into his own nature, then turning that vision outward. By resolving inner conflicts and being at peace with himself, he learns to gain insight into others. In effect, he enters another, sees with the other’s eyes, listens with the other’s ears, feels with the other’s heart. He then returns to his own center, with new perspective and understanding.