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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Keeping Still / Impediment / Nonaction
A time to stop action and quieten your heart.
With calm and inward focus, one can clear the mind of self-serving thoughts and desires. Keeping still does not mean to be inactive, but rather that one acts correctly and without strain in any situation. The I Ching teaches three forms of action: going forward, standing still and going backward (retreat). Here, all the six lines of the hexagram recommend you to stand still for the time being, to practice nonaction. This does not mean defeat, nor does it mean you should be demotivated. In the contrary, it means that you should use this time for inner progress, developing firmness of character, and strong focus on accomplishing your goal. Your inner guidance will show you when this period comes to an end and you can go ahead once again.
1. This weak line must keep still and remain firm: thus, there will be no difficulty. When you gain an objective insight in the situation, you will know when going ahead will be profitable.
2. When you have the feeling that you cannot master a certain situation that presents itself to you, then trust your inner guidance, raise your inner coherence through a meditative or self-reflective practice and ponder your motives. Your intentions should be positive and harmonious and you should mind the best outcome for all.
3. Do not press ahead, for this would only result in restlessness and a waste of energy or resources. Now it’s a time to master any anxiety you may have, and practice meditation. Enjoy the time of self-reflection, for it will help you to succeed at a later time. Whenever you think of your project or relationship, see it positively in your mind, and visualize success! This is the best you can do during this time.
4. There is a time for action and a time for rest. Be natural. Relax your mind and body, and you will improve your health. Do not press ahead at a time when progress cannot be seen. It will negatively affect your heart function. When you are in alignment with inner guidance, you act correctly by not acting at all. This is a good time for self-development.
5. You will realize that when you are properly focused, and your inner mind at peace, you will speak in a manner that is both spontaneous and effective. There will be power in the way you communicate. There is a time for speaking, a time for listening and a time for being silent. Listen to your inner guidance and your communications shall be effective and positive.
6. Good fortune is waiting for you in a situation in which your inner smart, your inner coherence, your inner peace projects itself outwardly into the world. There will be a positive response if you are properly aligned with your purpose and avoid to overstress your luck.