14 - Possession in Great Measure

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Contemporary Interpretation

14 - Possession in Great Measure

Discerning the pure
from the impure

I, I,
All I,
Open myself to the world
And separate
Discerning:
The pure
[what I am]
From the impure
[what I am not].

The Changes

yang yin yang yang yang yang

Upper Trigram: Li, Fire

2nd Core Character: Dui, Lake

1st Core Character: Qian, Heaven

Lower Trigram: Qian, Heaven

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

Possession in great measure (14) indicates quantity.

The image

Fire in heaven above: the image of possession in great measure. Thus the superior man inhibits what is evil and promotes what is good, and hereby obeys heaven's benevolent will.

The judgement

Possession in great measure. Sublime success. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 14 - possession in great measure

Lower Trigram: Qian, the Heaven

First Change: Qian → Qian, the Heaven

Qian represents the zenith of our human potential, a state of mind of clarity and coherence, undisturbed by worries, desires, ... Read more thought loops. When our mind is clear, if we are simultaneously one with ourselves and with our goal, we become creator: the constellating power of our coherent mind, our own living consciousness is able to act upon the unstructured potential that surrounds us, to organize and form it according to our will. Hide

Second Change: Qian → Dui, the Lake

Qian is the result of an internal growth process towards greater personal integrity, coherence and clarity. But while Qian ... Read more monologues, Dui starts the dialogue: Dui opens the boundaries of the self and lets the outside, the "you" touch our inside. Result: our self (Qian) becomes alive through animated exchange with the world around us. Hide

Third Change: Dui → Li, the Fire

Li develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). We expanded our boundaries and ... Read more - more or less unconditionally - opened towards our environment (Dui). Li (fire) is the instance that analyzes and distinguishes worldly impulses and separates "the clear from the unclear". That what has been received in Dui, is now being processed: releasing the useless and integrating the "clear" into our world view. Hide

Upper Trigram: Li, the Fire

Li (the fire) stands for our ability to differentiate facts, influences, emotions - in short: the world's fullness. Without this ... Read more ability to separate the "clear from the unclear", we would be lost in a chaos of diversities. Only by differentiation, thus distinguishing what is important and what is not, we can concentrate on the essentials and are able to act. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yin yang yang yang yang

Upper Trigram: Li, Fire

2nd Core Character: Dui, Lake

1st Core Character: Qian, Heaven

Lower Trigram: Qian, Heaven

Lower Trigram: my Starting Point

Upper Trigram: my Objective

My First Step: 1st Core Character

My Second Step: 2nd Core Character

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