11 - Peace

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Contemporary Interpretation

11 – Peace

And find myself
supported, nurtured

I, I,
All I,
Until I
Open myself to the world,
Decide,
And find myself
Supported,
Nurtured.

The Changes

yin yin yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Dui, Lake

Lower Trigram: Qian, Heaven

Informationen zum Interpretationsmodell

Classical Interpretation

The characters »stagnation« and »peace« (11) are opposites by their nature.

The image

Heaven and earth unite: the image of peace. Thus the ruler shares and completes the course of heaven and earth, promotes and arranges the gifts of heaven and earth and thereby stands by the people.

The judgement

Peace. The small departs, the great approaches. Good fortune! Success! Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 11 - peace

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 → Kun, the Earth

Kun develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). The clear decision that becomes ... Read more visible in Zhen, falls on fertile grounds. Hide

Upper Trigram: Kun, the Earth

The following image is often chosen to describe Kun: soil in which a seedling is growing. Soil is unstructured matter: in soil a ... Read more seedling finds everything it needs to grow; dead plants decay to soil. Kun's meaning, however, goes beyond unstructured matter (such as soil): Kun is unstructured potential, including tangible and non-tangible matter.
When interpreting a hexagram, Kun points at the place which we are at, here and now. Kun invites us to calm down and to use this place / moment as a source of strength. Like a wave rolling back into the sea, its origin, focusing and drawing new energies. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yin yin yin yin yin yin

Upper Trigram: Kun, Earth

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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