34 - The Power of the Great

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Contemporary Interpretation

34 - The Power of the Great

Creating through
decision

I, I,
All I,
Until I open
To the world
And
Create
Through decision.

The Changes

yin yin yang yang yang yang

Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

2nd Core Character: Dui, Lake

1st Core Character: Qian, Heaven

Lower Trigram: Qian, Heaven

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

The power of the great (34) is reflected by pausing.

The image

Thunder in heaven above: the image of power of the great. Thus the superior man does not tread upon improper paths.

The judgement

The power of the great. Perseverance furthers. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 34 - the power of the great

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 → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). If we open ourselves towards the ... Read more exterior, towards our environment (Dui) there will be consequences: a seed will be planted, something within ourselves will begin to resonate with the environment. This resonance will consolidate, will become reply, decision and finally visible for all in resolute action. Hide

Upper Trigram: Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen represents our ability to make decisions, our determination, enthusiasm, courage, and precision; but also ... Read more flexibility and strength belong to Zhen. If we look at nature, then Zhen's pattern of movement is that of a bud in its protective sleeve, just beginning to break open: a sudden, decisive and courageous move Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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Upper Trigram: Zhen, Thunder

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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