The Hexagrams


Book Contents

Preface
Introduction
The Technique
Base Structure of the I Ching
The Hexagrams
 — 01 QIAN (Yang) — 02 KUN (Yin) — 03 TUN (Difficult Beginning) — 04 MENG (Immaturity) — 05 XU (Waiting Patiently) — 06 SONG (Dispute) — 07 SHI (The Army) — 08 BI (Fellowship) — 09 XIAO CHU (Small Accumulation) — 10 LI (Conduct) — 11 TAI (Peace) — 12 PI (Obstacle) — 13 TONG REN (Fellowship) — 14 DA YOU (Great Harvest) — 15 QIEN (Modesty) — 16 YU (Enthusiasm) — 17 SUI (Compliance) — 18 GU (Correcting the Corruption) — 19 LIN (Advancing) — 20 GUAN (Contemplation) — 21 SHI HO (Biting Through Hardship) — 22 BI (Adornment) — 23 BO (Erosion) — 24 FU (Return) — 25 WU WANG (Innocence) — 26 DA CHU (Great Potential) — 27 YI (Nourishment) — 28 DA GUO (Critical Mass) — 29 KAN (Watery Depths) — 30 LI (Fire) — 31 XIAN (Mutual Attraction) — 32 HENG (Constancy) — 33 DUN (Retreat) — 34 DA ZHUANG (Power of the Great) — 35 JIN (Success) — 36 MING YI (Time of Darkness) — 37 JIA REN (Family) — 38 KUI (Contradiction) — 39 JIAN (Obstruction) — 40 JIE (Dissolution of the Problem) — 41 SUN (Sacrifice) — 42 YI (Benefit) — 43 GUAI (Resolution) — 44 GOU (Contact) — 45 CUI (Congregation) — 46 SHENG (Rising) — 47 KUN (Adversity) — 48 JING (The Well) — 49 GE (Revolution) — 50 DING (The Cauldron) — 51 ZHEN (Force of Thunder) — 52 GEN (Keeping Still) — 53 JIAN (Gradual Progress) — 54 GUI MEI (The Maiden) — 55 FENG (Peak) — 56 LU (The Wanderer) — 57 XUN (Gentle Wind) — 58 DUI (Joyousness) — 59 HUAN (Scattered) — 60 JIE (Self-Restraint) — 61 ZHONG FU (Inner Truth) — 62 XIAO GUO (Predominance of the Small) — 63 JI JI (After Crossing the Water) — 64 WEI JI (Before Crossing the Water)

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Compliance / Following / Diligence

It is beneficial to be of service while trusting your principles.

This hexagram teaches the value of compliance. The word here connotes two meanings: following up to one’s highest principles, and following another person or example. There are two extremes in life that need to be avoided; one is a willful attitude without ever listening to advice, and the other is an attitude of lenience that imitates others because the person lacks identity. The middle way is the way to go.

1. It is advantageous to you now to go out and meet people of various kinds, and communicate. You may easily attract help and support for the realization of your projects and ideas when you meet others in a friendly and positive mood. While listening to others’ suggestions and ideas, however, make sure you make your own decisions.

2. Stay true to your highest principles and avoid to be too much focused upon small profits. Have your greater future in mind and think long-term. There is a proverb that says that not failure, but small success is the enemy of great success for it leads to complacency. Stay focused on your long-term goals and you will reach them.

3. When you let go of the smaller for gaining the bigger, you are aligned with your divine power which always wants your best. This also means to let lower and inferior goals behind and focus upon higher and more worthy and noble goals. Such an attitude brings you ultimate success and also strengthens your character.

4. Some of your connections may try to pull you in a direction that is not what you were originally wanting to be heading toward. Remain focused on your goals and try to act independently, and believe in what you initially recognized to be true and worthy.

5. Your faithfulness brings you rich reward. This line indicates great success.

6. Others may want to bind you in, as an expert or consultant, a helper or advisor, or a healer. Whatever your field of expertise, your correct attitude has impressed others to follow you or to seek you out for advice. You will be rewarded every time you offer others help and support without selfish motives!

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