52 - Keeping Still

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Contemporary Interpretation

52 - Keeping Still

Disengage and...
continue disengaging.

Disengage and,
Following this
Ariadne thread
Into your own source of being,
Obeying a sudden intuition
And in a
Surprising move:
Continue
Disengageing.

The Changes

yang yin yin yang yin yin

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

Information regarding the interpretation model

Classical Interpretation

Keeping still (52) signifies to pause.

The image

Mountains standing together: the image of keeping still. Thus with his thoughts the superior man does not go beyond his situation.

The judgement

Keeping his back still so that he no longer feels his body. He walks into his courtyard and does not perceive his people. No blame. Full text of Richard Wilhelm's 1924 translation by Cary F. Baynes

Dynamics of the Hexagram

The Changes: 52 - keeping still

Lower 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examine our possessions, feelings and/or thoughts regarding their validity, and to permanently let go of what is old or outdated.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

First Change: Gen → Kan, the Water

Kan develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Gen's disengagement opened a path for ... Read more us to reconnect with our spiritual self: our own inner, intuitive wisdom, collected all along our path to here and now, ready to nurture us. Hide

Second Change: Kan → Zhen, the Thunder

Zhen develops when a (broken) yin line is added (dark arrow; yin symbolizes receptivity). Trusting our gut feelings, being open to ... Read more impulses from our unconscious resources creates the primordial seed of a new action, the first step into a new direction. 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 yin yin

Upper Trigram: Gen, Mountain

2nd Core Character: Zhen, Thunder

1st Core Character: Kan, Water

Lower Trigram: Gen, Mountain

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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