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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Erosion / Decline / Fragmentation

Put things on hold. Keep to yourself.

The five yin lines of this hexagram were traditionally associated with an evil or negative force, while the top yang line is the single force of virtue. All cycles in life lead to decline or decay, and thereby, to renewal, hence it is well possible to interpret this hexagram without speaking of evil forces, thereby avoiding a moralistic interpretation which would not be in alignment with the tenets of Taoism. It’s not chance but systemically sound that this hexagram is followed by Renewal (24).

1. Put a hold immediately to all negative thoughts and affirm to being guided toward the best possible outcome of the situation. Meanwhile, wait patiently for better times to come and avoid bitching and complaining. When you have bad dreams, use positive affirmations after waking up to dispel the depressive mood, and rebuild faith on a daily basis.

2. Do not indulge in wishful thinking. Instead, try to clearly assess your situation. Avoid being self-righteous and be cautious in your conduct. You may be in a compromising situation, but always keep in mind that the ‘enemy’ is in your own house: it takes the form of negative thoughts and emotions that are ravaging your inner peace and prevent inner coherence. Use positive affirmations to dispel apprehension and wait for a turn of the tide.

3. Maintain your integrity and be faithful to a good outcome, and you can avoid friction. Do not trust low motives or low-minded people around you, and you will be removed from evil.

4. You may be in a dangerous situation, but you can turn the situation around by stopping thoughts of defeat and, worse, of self-condemnation, hate, anger or revenge, and by patiently affirming that your inner guidance will summon the right solution. Toxic thoughts and emotions are always involved in dangerous situations, for when you are at peace with yourself, you are coherent on your inner level and there will be safety all around you. Thus if you have indulged in toxic emotions or thoughts, forgive yourself and immediately start affirming that you are positively guided by universal love and that the whole situation will turn to the best for everybody involved.

5. The tide is now turning in your favor and you are close to a successful outcome. Cooperation with others will be beneficial for all parties involved!

6. You will see that faithfulness and positive attitude have made your adversaries vanish away or be drawn into defeat while you enjoy the positive outcome of the situation! This outcome is the fruit of your virtue, while having tried to force defeat on your adversaries, you would have been yourself defeated.

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