61 - Inner Truth

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Contemporary Interpretation

61 - Inner Truth

Inhale. Exhale.
Follow your own rhythm.

Sigh deeply. Let go.
Center yourself, come into your own heart.
Connect to your own rhythm -
And then, out of this rhythm:
Let action grow.
All by itself.
Without active doing

The Changes

yang yang yin yin yang yang

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

Inner truth (61) signifies reliability.

The image

Wind over the lake: the image of inner truth. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases in order to delay executions.

The judgement

Inner truth. Pigs and fishes. Good fortune! It furthers one to cross the great water. Perseverance furthers. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 61 - inner truth

Lower Trigram: Dui, the Lake

Dui crosses the natural boundary of our self in two ways: from the inside outwardly and from the outside inwardly. From the outside ... Read more inwardly means that we open ourselves to the outside, to our environment, let us be inspired and ultimately accept and integrate what we encounter. From the inside outwardly invites us to express our innermost to the outside and let it come alive within the world. Both movements are tightly interconnected, just like the rhythm of our breathing: inhaling, exhaling. Hide

First 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

Second 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

Third Change: Gen → Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun develops when a (solid) yang line is added (red arrow; yang symbolizes energy, activity). Initial disengagement (Gen) results ... Read more in forward thrusting growth (Sun). We disengaged, we released unnecessary ballast, we concentrated our energies. This way we drew the bow. Until our arrow, Sun, is shot off: unstoppable, unrelenting, heading for our goal. Hide

Upper Trigram: Sun, the Wind / Tree

Sun, the Wind / Tree, stands for a lively, pushing growth from within. Like the landscape's greening in the spring: ... Read more self confident, powerful, without hesitation. Strategical, relentless, unstoppable. Like the wind: passing through every opening, into every corner. Hide

The Path: Following the Changes

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yang yang yin yin yang yang

Upper Trigram: Sun, Wind (Tree)

2nd Core Character: Gen, Mountain

1st Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

Lower Trigram: Dui, Lake

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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