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39 – Thirty-Nine Chien / Obstacle
Ominous roiling in the Crater Lake atop the Volcano: When meeting an impasse, the Superior Person turns his gaze within, and views the obstacle from a new perspective.
Offer your opponent nothing to resist. Let a sage guide you in this. Good fortune lies along this course.
The Obstacle lies in obstinance. An insistence on only one way of proceeding has brought things to an impasse. You may either continue banging your head with irresistible force against this immovable object, or you might step back and survey this situation from a fresh perspective. Which is immobile here — the obstruction or your attitude?
Nine in the fifth place means:
In the midst of the greatest obstructions, Friends come.
On the brink of crushing defeat, friends come to the rescue.
Battle of Moscow on September 7th 1812 – Adam Albrecht – Hermitage Museum
Here we see a man who is called to help in an emergency. He should not seek to evade the obstructions, no matter how dangerously they pile up before him. But because he is really called to the task, the power of his spirit is strong enough to attract helpers whom he can effectively organise, so that through the well-directed co-operation of all participants the obstruction is overcome.
15 – Fifteen Ch’ien / Modesty
The Mountain does not overshadow the Plain surrounding it: Such modest consideration in a Superior Person creates a channel through which excess flows to the needy.
Success if you carry things through.
The Cosmos is moving toward equilibrium. Extremes are being tempered, excess is beginning to shift toward the empty. You can use these moderating influences to strike a balance in the world around you. Remember, though, that this Leveling will not come about through an arrogant confiscation of excess, but through subtler persuasions. Modesty and moderation are the keys.