26 - The Taming Power of the Great

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Contemporary Interpretation

34 - The Taming Power of the Great

Open myself to the world,
decide, release.

I, I,
All I,
Open myself
To the world
Decide
And release.

The Changes

yang yin yin yang yang yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Qian, Heaven

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

The taming power of the great (26) refers to time.

The image

Heaven within the mountain: the image of the taming power of the great. Thus the superior man studies numerous ancient sayings and deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character.

The judgement

The taming power of the great. Perseverance furthers. Not eating at home brings good fortune. It furthers to cross the great water. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 26 - the taming power of the great

Lower Trigram: 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

First 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

Second 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

Third Change: Zhen → Gen, the Mountain

The red arrow indicates that a (solid) yang line is added. Yang stands for energy, for activity. The initial decision (Zhen) produces ... Read more disengagement, dissolving, transformation of the old. The old (the withered, the past structure) firstly persists and later on slowly dissolves, while the new structure is already growing. Hide

Upper Trigram: Gen, the Mountain

Gen stands for our ability to disengage. Through letting go of what has become obsolete we can focus on what is essential, ... Read more concentrate our energies and make room for the new. Disengagement harmonizes and focuses our actions and results in reorientation and new beginnings. Gen invites us to honestly examine our possessions, feelings and/or thoughts regarding their validity, and to permanently let go of what is old or outdated. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yin yin yang yang yang

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

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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