28. DA GUO

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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Critical Mass / Great Excess / Imbalance

There is excess and friction. Things are strained.

Caution is needed.

This hexagram was traditionally considered as very unfortunate. It shows that energies are out of balance, that there is excess and that inner and outer strength are out of sync. The I Ching teaches the Middle Way which means to do things by keeping a proper balance in everything. This principle may also be called harmony, equilibrium, resonance or symmetry. This is how the universe regulates itself.

1. Softness and flexibility help you to avoid harm. Pay attention to all the details before you begin anything. To be very cautious in such a position is correct.

2. If you are attentive to unusual possibilities, you may have a real opportunity. Do not think conventionally and be open for new solutions which may emerge spontaneously, and you can realize your desire. A gentle demeanor helps you to achieve higher, while internally you should be faithful to your highest principles.

3. If you do not listen to well-meant advice and persist in your own way, there may be excess that brings harm. You have been too inflexible in the past. The I Ching teaches that when excess of any process becomes visible, extinction is not far away. Thus this line is unfortunate. To remedy this situation, you need to reflect about your lacking cooperation with others, and how much you have isolated yourself.

4. Do not rely overly on others now; instead, trust your own inner guidance, but remain soft and yielding outwardly. If you are open to learn and change, you can progress. You can achieve success now if your vision is correct.

5. In order to achieve anything in life you need to be realistic. If you are overly idealistic, you may have nice visions and dream of many projects, but you won’t incarnate them into tangible reality. The same is true for old age. When you dream to be young while being old, you may engage in foolish adventures that may bring you harm. The solution is to get a fresh new look at yourself, and to understand the reality of your life here and now.

6. The situation may look dangerous, thus do not be daring in your attitude, and remain calm and centered. Through finding the appropriate measures, you will be able to handle the situation. The problem can be solved by responding calmly and gently, and by trusting your inner guidance.

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