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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Self-Restraint / Limits / Limitation

Self-restraint helps you to progress!

You can manage your energy in much the same way that water is regulated by a dam. If the energy becomes too full, the dam will break; if the energy is depleted, there will not be enough in reserve for times of need. This is a time for you to exercise self-discipline and restraint. The corrective influence is not only for oneself but also for others, for if you have a firm inner attitude, you will have a beneficial influence upon others to keep their boundaries and respect yours.

1. Do not try to overcome obstacles at this point; it is better to restrain yourself and retreat. A this time do not be active and keep yourself safe. Trust in your inner guidance and you will see the way out.

2. Now opportunities are coming to you and you need to be watchful and alert to seize the day (carpe diem), for if you hesitate and focus on your limitations, you may lose the opportunity.

3. The traditional interpretation of this line speaks of a ‘flooding’ of some sort, and overflow of water. Water symbolizes emotions and may stand for emotional reactions that have put you in a difficult position with others. If you do not fault-find others but see the problem in yourself, you may correct it easily and avoid further mistakes.

4. Self-restraint also means to do your daily duties within the boundaries and limitations of your life. When you cooperate with others, have a disciplined attitude and keep focused on your duties. You will have success!

5. A true leader will always try to find the fault in himself before he blames others. When you apply this principle in your relationships, others will follow you because they appreciate your correct attitude and will respect you. Success is the result!

6. Too much restraint has negative consequences because it creates bitterness and a harsh inflexible attitude. This must be avoided because overly severe discipline brings no real benefit in the long run. This is especially so for a leader who puts the restrictions upon those he leads while he himself does not apply them in his own life. Such a person will not be followed in the long run!

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