37. JIA REN
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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Family / The Clan / Group Life
Find your proper place.
This hexagram teaches how to behave in a family or any group, for that matter. The basic pattern of cooperation relies on the correct organization of diverse energies. With this understanding, one should reflect about the diversity of life, not trying to see conflict in this fact. In every group, the members radiate different energies toward each other and peace and order are determined by the capability of each member to handle his or her energy properly. This is so because ultimately, the way the different energies interact determines the harmony of the entire family or group.
1. In every family or grouping a certain amount of order and discipline must reign so that everybody feels safe and comfortable. If you are a parent, you may not want to remain silent when your child develops bad habits, but you will talk with him or her. When you are in front of your parents, you may want to show them respect and gratitude to earn their constant benevolence. Generally speaking, it makes sense to establish firm rules in any family or community, so that people know what their duties are, and also can anticipate what happens when they disrespect them.
2. An assertive attitude may not be in keeping with your position in the family or group. You may be called upon to gently harmonize various energies around you, as a communicator or negotiator. While such an attitude traditionally was assigned to women, those rigid roles today are widely abandoned for we all have both male and female energy within us. In this position, it brings advantage to the family or group and down the road to yourself if you focus upon the wellbeing of the whole instead of satisfying your own needs.
3. In all group life, the members must practice a certain amount of moderation. If there are no rules and everybody acts only on selfish motives, there will be disorder. If the rules are too strict, people will not unfold emotionally and remain tight up. Hence the need for balance. If you are not sure which position to take, be advised that the I Ching generally values moderation and self-discipline higher than a libertarian attitude.
4. It brings you advancement to be mindful and consider all the details of the situation. You are properly adjusted and your endeavor will be successful!
5. This line indicates that your faithfulness and proper attitude bring blessings to all members of the family or group. This is the recipe for prosperity and long-term success!
6. When all members of a family or group are devoted to the best for all, there is great prosperity, safety, and advancement. When you set a good example and show a responsible and dutiful attitude, you can inspire all those around you and your good intentions will be recognized and rewarded!