A moment of rest. 01 – Determination (or: the Creative, Heaven) is one of the I Ching’s few static hexagrams. Static as a wave, when it reaches its peak while pushing towards the beach. Standing still, freezing… a moment, just before reversing direction and flowing back into the sea. But in this very moment it/we/I is: I, all I.
Scope of Questions
A number of inquies reached me regarding hexagram 01 – Determination. Here are some of them: Continue Reading →
A nurturing place. A place like… chicken soup….
“And what is that supposed to mean?”, some users ask.
Well, my background consideration behind this wording is more or less the following: If you’re not feeling well, if, for example, you’re lying in your bed with a mild (or even severe) cold and in this situation are longing for attention… then it’s very comforting if the bedroom door suddenly opens and a dear person comes in with a plate of homemade chicken soup. This does you well. Physically. But also emotionally.
That’s how it’s meant. Consolation, affection. A heavenly gift for which – for a change – you did not do anything. Continue Reading →
Scope of Questions
A number of inquies reached me regarding hexagram 03 – Difficulty at the Beginning. Here are some of them: Continue Reading →
Basically hexagram 04 – youthful folly gives directions, shows us the way. But to see it is really an art. And yet, just seeing it is not enough. It is not enough that the path just shines up in front of us – we also have to / must want to walk it.
Why might we not want to walk it – if it is “the solution”? Sometimes it simply deviates quite blatantly from what we habitually do, what feels so familiar to us.
So, when are we actually ready to follow the path that shines up in front of us? Most often, when we come up against walls, when we are stuck in an alleyway, when we just simply do no longer want it “that way” .
So… and then how do I learn the lesson, how do I get the switch, how will I find out which was the wrong “turn” I took again and again during the last few years and which made me end up in the same dead end so often? Hexagram 04 – youthful folly… Continue Reading →
There were a few inquiries regarding 05 – Waiting such as:
- The user actually feels quite well, but he hasn’t anything relevant to do. He would like to start something creative. What are the I Ching’s suggestions?
- A user asks: “Am I on the right track?”
- Since quite some time a user has a rather loose relationship to a man and – to her own surprise – she really has taken him into her heart. This man like her as well, but he refuse any firm partnership – at least one that would correspond to the user’s idea of a partnership. The user is undecided which consequences to draw. Initially the whole situation was a burden to her, in the meantime she has gained confidence, courage and serenity.
The current interpretation can be found here: https://www.no2do.com/hexagramme/777878.htm
These days – and just as this last question on the list below reached me – I have been thinking about the process of selfactualization. Our self, what-we-are, is a dynamic process that constantly evolves, progresses, “actualizes”, bringing our goals, our desires and intentions into harmony with the realities of life.
But let us first make it concrete. Here are various questions that reached me regarding 07 – The Army. Continue Reading →
Here a selection:
Scope of Questions
Recently I received a new inquiry regarding Hexagram 10 – treading (conduct) – besides the below mentioned case studies. Again, it is about an important decision that has been made and the process of carefully re-examining this decision in the light of reality. Continue Reading →
In the meantime, I have received a whole series of inquiries regarding hexagram 13 – Fellowship with Men. I am slowly getting the impression that the lower trigram, Li, might be a linchpin for the various situations delineated below.
Lower Trigram Li, fire
Keywords: clear differentiation; purification, separation
Li, fire, represents our ability to differentiate, to separate what is “clear” from what is “unclear”. The better I know myself, the easier it is for me to make this distinction. Only when I decide and concentrate on what is essential, I remain able to act.
(more on the corresponding hexagram page)
Scope of Questions
- A user asks: “What is my actual situation?”. Later he describes his situation more precisely: “I let myself drift, feel attracted to nothing, an this creates a certain searching restlessness within me. I almost feel like the old woman who owns a hen that lays golden eggs. But because she can’t wait and wants to know why it always takes such a long time with the eggs, she slaughters the hen… I wonder: When is the right time for something? I think that’s the question I’m really concerned with and I’m not sure about that.”
- An experienced user is consulting the I Ching since some years already. During that time her perspective onto the world has changed fundamentally. Her quite concrete question to the I Ching is: “Am I on the right path, am I on the path of harmonious action?”
In this context the user finds one passage of the interpretation listed below particularly inspiring: “When our mind is clear, when we are all one with ourself and with our goal, we are re-connected to the whole: a state of mind, that lets us accept life’s uncertainties and marvel at its perfection.”
- A user asks the I Ching the following question: “Will my appeal against the decision of an academic institution be admitted?” At first glance this question is about assessment procedures with blatant and institutionalized errors. In the background existential questions resonate: “Who can I trust, who not, who supports me, who does not, and what does all this mean: for myself and in general?”
A user asks the I Ching: “How should I act in the current situation?” The I Ching’s response is hexagram 13 – fellowship with men.
Regarding Hexagram 14 – Possession in Great Measure I received several comments (see below). In part they describe quite serious life circumstances. My impression is that these people possess something great, something that carries them through these situations or at least lets them endure.
Maybe 14 – Possession in Great Measure is about finding out what exactly that is, what is there, within yourself, who are we actually. And it invites us to honor this “I am” by giving it a proper place in our life.
Li, fire (upper trigram), stands for our ability to differentiate, to separate the “clear” from the “unclear”. But before we can do that, we need a criterion. And Qian, heaven (lower trigram and first core character) is just that: a solid foundation. Qian is this – well, I call it: “I, I, all I”. To be with myself. To perceive, to feel myself and my needs. To take good care of myself. Continue Reading →
Scope of Questions
Regarding hexagram 16 – Enthusiasm I received a couple of questions concerning quite different issues; what unites them in my understanding is the disorientation that speaks out of them. Interesting that the I Ching dis-advises action and advises introspection. Obviously our innermost holds all the answers….
- “How should I interpret my physical symptoms?”
- “What point am I at right now?”
- “Without success, I can not keep living. But success always includes some failure. How can I deal with this?”
- “What do I have to give up to be happy?”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/888788.htm
This weekend I wrote to a friend who is in such a process of change. And the amazing insight was: Once you have found the switch that needs to be flipped, then the rest goes almost by itself. It still takes time, you need patience, but actually you don’t have to “do” much more. Continue Reading →
no2DO is based on the I Ching, a traditional oracle with shamanic roots extending into the third millennium BC. For a long time the oracle was done without any written text but according to traditional rules and the questioner’s intuition. However, Yin and Yang, main concepts of Daoism (Taoism) and in the context of the I Ching represented by either a solid or a broken line, have always been basis for any interpretation.
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The images stem from the ideas. The words make the images clear. In order to fully express the ideas, there is nothing better than words. The words are a result of the images. This is why you can see the images by looking at the words. The images are dominated by the ideas. This is why you can see the ideas by examining the images. The ideas are fully captured by the images and the images made clear by the words. Therefore, the words are intended to explain the images; once you have captured the images, you can forget the words. The images are intended to explore the ideas; once you have captured the ideas, you can forget the images. Continue Reading →
Over the past few weeks users have shared three different scenarios with me that the I Ching had all answered with hexagram 64 – before completion. Here a short description of the individual situations:
- Situation A: A somewhat obscure relationship. The user asked the I Ching what is the best for her to do in the matter.
- Situation B: To save his marriage user B has radically turned away from a to him very important person. He loves his wife and children. Nevertheless he just cannot get this other woman out of his mind. Continue Reading →
A user consults the I Ching with the following concern: “How can I get to work independently in my profession?” She adds: “This year I attended a professional training. Ever since I play with the idea of working independently, self-employed, to develop a new supporting leg. The professional training’s speaker has really impressed me a lot. And anyway, for some time now I feel like trying out some new methods and professional approaches.” The I Ching replies with hexagram 52 – keeping still. Continue Reading →
A user asks the I Ching the following question: “XY wants no more contact with me, quite abruptly and without explanation. I do not know what is going on and would like to understand what I shall do now. On one hand I am still full of hope that he gets back to me. On the other hand, I wonder if I should let him go and reorient myself.“ The I Ching’s answer is 18 – work on what has been spoiled.
A user has the following question: “Is it correct not to sign the new contract, even if I risk that my cooperation [with the company] will end?” The situation “Endless negotiations for a freelance contract; last problem in the contract: the AG [stock company] wants my exclusiveness as an employee, but without paying me a fixed minimum wage. This is not a deal at eye level!”
The I Ching’s answer: 34 – The Power of the Great.
A user has the following concern: “There is a colleague in my current job and I do not know exactly to what extent I can rely on her support …. Consulting the I Ching resulted in 30 – the clinging.”
Hexagram 23 – splitting apart comes up as a variant of hexagram 35 – progress regarding the following question of a user: “What kind of approach / working method is best suitable for my artistic work?”
Earlier this year I wrote an extensive article on the subject of Wu Wei, non-action. Continue Reading →
I regularly receive requests if or why not I do consider the changing lines of the I Ching’s hexagrams in no2DO. My perspective on this issue is as follows: Continue Reading →
- A user would like to give up his (breadwinning) job and fully devote himself to a literary activity. His specific question: “In what situation I’m in right now?”
- A user works as a lecturer and strongly identifies with the contents of her teaching. On one hand she want to share her experiences with her students. On the other hand she wants to give her students room to make their own experiences. She asks: “How can I find a balance?”
- A user asks “How am I doing with handling this emotionally difficult experience?”
You can find the current interpretation here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/787878.htm
- For a long time a user searched for a person to whom he had broken off contact some time ago. His question to the I Ching is: “Should I search for this person at all – or will she approach me?”
- A user, an artist, has met a Japanese artist, who he feels deeply connected with; she feels the same way. When the woman has to travel back home to Japan, the couple bids farewell in tears. They both want to be together. But the woman sees no way to do so, she lacks courage for a step into the unknown. An aggravating factor is the age difference. The user’s question: “Is there a future for us?”
- A user asks: “What is beneficial for my further development? What should I focus on, what should I be careful with?”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/778778.htm
- The user’s question is: “What I can do to enjoy my life?”
She describes her overall situation as follows: “I cannot bear disharmony with other people, it paralyzes my life force and makes me feel deeply depresses. At the same time I feel guilty and responsible for the situation. Therefore, after discord, I’m always the one who takes the first step, a pattern I follow since my childhood. I would really love to develop something like self love.”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/887787.htm
Scope of Questions
The Marrying Maiden – what a programatischer title! Although hexagram 54- The Marrying Maiden most probably speaks about beginnings (beyond partnership!) in general, I have received the corresponding request:
- A user asks: “What is the current state of our connection: Will we have a relationship?”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/778788.htm
- A user writes: “The development was sketched out, but I refused to see it. My inability to have a healthy relationship let me only see myself, never community. Now there is this gap, I’m all alone.
Actually there has been a gap since quite some time.”
- A user: “We have fallen in love with each other, but he remains at a distance. What exactly does he want from me? Will we have a common future?”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/887877.htm
- A user has recently been promoted, i.e. internally ascended to a higher position. But he does not get along with the new challenge: he feels not being taken seriously by colleagues and employees. His question to the I Ching: “How should I conduct myself?”
- A user asks: “How can I resolve my unconscious fears and adjustment tendencies and live a truly independent and unsuited life?”
- A user has sent work abroad and asks if at all, and if so, what kind of reaction he can expect: “Is now something coming into motion?”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/788788.htm
- “How well developed is my ability to have relationships?”
- “Why is my own life, my urge for self expression, so massively blocked by external needs this year? How can I resolve the conflict?
When working with hexagram 47 – Oppression the user developed his reading of the hexagram which I reproduce here
- “My impulse to express myself artistically is absolutely fine. This impulse results in my energy, the outer impulses (= external needs) bring inspiration and enrich my self-expression. They both procedurally belong together; the subjective is fertilized by encounter and vice versa. There is no contradiction, and it will cost no extra energy – as long as I am aware of it!”
The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/878778.htm