25. WU WANG

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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Innocence / Unexpected Happening / Surprise

Proceed, but with no harmful intention.

Wu Wang deals with situations in life that are beyond our conscious control. Sometimes they are good surprises, sometimes bad surprises. This is why the ancients called this hexagram ‘unexpected happening’ or ‘innocence.’ Many good things come to pass because we plan for them, but there are also many things that come about spontaneously when we are ‘innocent’ and inwardly coherent.

1. Go forward with good intentions, trusting your heart. You will win over obstacles in your way when remaining faithful to your goal.

2. All successful endeavors need careful preparation. Do not doubt to go into the right direction, do not second-guess your success. Just go forward, one step at a time.

3. When you experience loss, do not accept it in your inner mind. What truly belongs to you cannot be lost, and the universe will give it back to you in another form, or at a later time, provided you remain faithful and innocent, and avoid a resentful attitude.

4. Trust your heart, your inner mind, your intuition. Act independently and you will be victorious! In such a situation of inner clarity, it may not be useful to listen to friends, but, to use a Gandhi saying, to ‘trust the friend within.’

5. If you encounter a problem that was not caused by yourself, be it related to health, finance, or a relationship, remain steadfast and relax. Focusing on your inner direction will surely help you and the problem will take care of itself.

6. In this position, you better stand still for a certain time. Advancing at this moment does not bring you benefit and can turn out to be dangerous. Be patient and wait for a better moment for taking action!

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