Wu Wei. An Approximation.

Earlier this year I wrote an extensive article on the subject of Wu Wei, non-action. Continue Reading →

22. July 2017 by kus
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Changing Lines

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 →

21. September 2016 by kus
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63 – after completion

787878Scope of Questions

  • 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kan → Li_en, Li → Kan_en | Comments Off on 63 – after completion

58 – the joyous

778778Scope of Questions
In context of hexagram 58 – the Joyous users asked the I Ching the following questions:

  • 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Dui → Li_en, Hexagrams, Li → Sun_en, Sun → Dui_en | Comments Off on 58 – the joyous

56 – the wanderer

887787Scope of Questions
I received the following inquiry regarding hexagram 56 – the Wanderer:

  • 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Dui → Li_en, Gen → Sun_en, Hexagrams, Sun → Dui_en | Comments Off on 56 – the wanderer

54 – the marrying maiden

778788Scope 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Dui → Li_en, Hexagrams, Kan → Zhen_en, Li → Kan_en | Comments Off on 54 – the marrying maiden

53 – development

887877Scope of Questions

    • 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Kan_en, Hexagrams, Kan → Li_en, Li → Sun_en | Comments Off on 53 – development

51 – arousing

788788Scope of Questions

  • 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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Kan_en, Hexagrams, Kan → Zhen_en, Zhen → Gen_en | Comments Off on 51 – arousing

47 – oppression

878778Scope of Questions
Here some questions and also a very individual interpretation of hexagram 47 – Oppression:

  • “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

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kan → Li_en, Li → Sun_en, Sun → Dui_en | Comments Off on 47 – oppression

46 – pushing upward

877888Scope of Questions
Several users describe situations and questions regarding Hexagram 46 – Pushing Upward:

  • In my family, it is all about success and competition. And I always was the loser, “the problem”. On the occasion of my new beginnings and my own new apartment the following question: “Under what star will I be living in this apartment?
  • About a year ago I met a man, who, like me, lives in a relationship. We understood each other extremely well and decided to be Platonic friends. But we both fell in love with each other. We were so naive..
    My mind tells me: give him up! But it is hard to let somebody go you like so much. It all starts to hurt me.
  • I feel like “pregnant” with lots of different information which want to be put together into a meaningful whole. My question is: “How can this happen?”
  • I feel like “pregnant” with lots of different information which want to be put together into a meaningful whole. My question is: “How can this happen?”

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/877888.htm

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Dui → Zhen_en, Hexagrams, Sun → Dui_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 46 – pushing upward

44 – coming to meet

877777Scope of Questions
Several users have worked with Hexagram 44 – Coming to Meet and shared their questions:

  •  “I fell in love with a married man and now waver back and forth. My question: What is there to learn for me in this situation?”
  •  “Why does my sister currently treat me so nasty?”
  • “How should I deal with the frustration caused by my professional and private situation – a frustration I hardly can shake off?”

Die aktuelle Interpretation finden Sie hier: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/877777.htm

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Qian → Qian_en, Sun → Qian_en | Comments Off on 44 – coming to meet

42 – increase

788877Scope of Questions
In the context of hexagram 42 – Increase users share the following concerns with me:

  • A user analyzes his current situation as follows: “Nothing is at stake and it was not an ego-driven decision of my will that made me come here.” This results in his question: “If nothing is at stake: How can I live here and now in the most pleasant way?
  • Another user asks: “Shall I build my consulting activities on the I Ching and use the hexagrams?”

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/788877.htm

08. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Sun_en, Hexagrams, Kun → Gen_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 42 – increase

37 – the clan

787877Scope of Questions
I received the following inquiry regarding hexagram 37 – the Clan:

  • “I have been trying to start a venture: I have done research and know the field. But it all goes slow. I just keep feeling that something is not right. I am looking for a way to move forward.“

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/787877.htm

07. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kan → Li_en, Li → Kan_en, Li → Sun_en | Comments Off on 37 – the clan

29 – the abysmal

878878Scope of Questions
So far there was one feedback regarding hexagram 29 – the Abysmal:

  • Due to circumstances beyond her control the user lives in an international long distance relationship. Her libertarian partner does fine with it, for herself it is a “better-than-nothing”: Basically the situation does not work for her.

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/878878.htm

07. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Kan_en, Hexagrams, Kan → Zhen_en, Zhen → Gen_en | Comments Off on 29 – the abysmal

28 – preponderance of the great

Scope of Questions877778
For hexagram 28 – Preponderance of the Great users shared various – in part dramatic – situations with me. What is the common denominator? Eventually, how important it is, in the darkest moment, to be centered, to recollect on oneself: “I, I, all I!”

  • One user asks the I Ching: “Will I meet the man, who I think I can love?”
  • Another user asks: “How will my professional situation evolve?”
  • “Will S. marry me one day?” is yet another user’s question. She knows the much older S. for several years now, the two have talked about marriage and children. However, so far S. made no move to implement anything of it, the two are not even in a relationship. Does S. just make the user wait?
  • For quite some time now another user experiences her marriage as a dead end road; over the years she had a secret lover, a situation which made her suffer. Last year her son was severely injured in an accident, today the spouses together take care for the permanently disabled child. The secret lover has definitively quit. The marriage persists as an empty shell. The user feels stressed and unhappy in the current situation. For three years now, she intensively practices Qigong and Taiji.

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/877778.htm

07. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Qian → Dui_en, Qian → Qian_en, Sun → Qian_en | Comments Off on 28 – preponderance of the great

27 – providing nourishment

788887Scope of Questions
So far I received the following inquiries regarding hexagram 27 – Providing Nourishment:

  • A user asks: “What I should do regarding a man, who I would like to know better?”
  • For more than a year now a user is dealing with all kinds of challenges: selling her home, finding an apartment, a new job, a new partnership. She asks: “What else should and/or must I do?” She suffers from the situation’s uncertainty and constantly encounters blockades. And: slowly she feels very exhausted.
  • Cooperating with a smug and manipulative colleague is putting a strain on a user. So far, she could protect herself and concentrate on her job’s core tasks. But her colleague regularly disturbs her. She refuses to engage in games or fall into her old patterns as a victim. How can she be true to herself and gain respect in her professional environment?

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/788887.htm

05. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kun → Gen_en, Kun → Kun_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 27 – providing nourishment

25 – innocence

788777Scope of Questions
無妄 wú wàng – A Japanese friend tells me about the meaning of the Chinese characters in the Chinese name of hexagram 25 – innocence. The first character means “scarifier tooth of the tiger”, the second one “release” or “letting go”. Later, a Chinese friend tells me that both are classic characters, hence he cannot read them. This is not surprising: the Japanese took over the classic Chinese characters and still use them today, while the Chinese have moved on to modern Chinese and therefore most often cannot read the old characters any longer. Continue Reading →

05. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Sun_en, Hexagrams, Sun → Qian_en, Zhen → Gen_en | Comments Off on 25 – innocence

16 – enthusiasm

888788Scope 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?”

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/888788.htm

05. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Gen → Kan_en, Hexagrams, Kan → Zhen_en, Kun → Gen_en | Comments Off on 16 – enthusiasm

24 – return

Scope of Questions
In the meantime I received two more inquiries regarding hexagram 24 – Return:

  • A user asked I Ching: “How can I deal with a person in my environment who tries to do damage to me and seems to keep on doing so?”
    The person in question is mentally ill. Already there have been clarifying discussions, false allegations put into circulation to create confusion had turned out to be insubstantial. Unfortunately the whole issue still goes on.
  • For a little over a year, a user has repeatedly caught flues. So far she could not find any physical or psychological cause. She finds it difficult to accept these involuntary periods of rest. Her question to the I Ching: “What supports me in times of my disease?

Continue Reading →

04. August 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kun → Kun_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 24 – return

07 – the army

878888Scope of Questions
So far there are two comments that were sent in regarding hexagram 07 – The Army: Continue Reading →

14. June 2016 by kus
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13 – fellowship with men

Scope of Questions
In the meantime some more comments/situations were sent in regarding hexagram 13 – Fellowship with Men:
Continue Reading →

13. June 2016 by kus
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40 – deliverance

878788Scope of Questions
Sometimes unexpected twists arise from what initially gave us uneasy feelings. Especially when we examine ambiguous emotional states with a clear head: are these gut feelings actually related to the current situation, to the here-and-now? A cool head may bring liberation. And gut feelings may cause avalanches. In any direction.

I received the following comments regarding hexagram 40 – Deliverance: Continue Reading →

31. May 2016 by kus
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09 – the taming power of the small

777877Scope of Questions
A couple of comments were sent in regarding hexagram 09 – The Taming Power of the Small. Overall, this hexagram seems to be about important decisions.

Here a selection:

Continue Reading →

31. May 2016 by kus
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14 – possession in great measure

777787Scope of Questions
Li, fire, represents our ability to differentiate between “clear” (i. e. useful, purposeful), and “unclear”, (i. e. useless, obsolete). The better we know ourselves, the easier it is to distinguish: what is important, what is not important?

The following three comments reached me regarding hexagram 14 – Possession in Great Measure. They describe some pretty serious living conditions. My impression is that these people posses something in great measure, something that carries them through these situations, that makes them bear these situations. Maybe this hexagram is about finding out what exactly that is. Continue Reading →

30. May 2016 by kus
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43 – break-through

Scope of Questions
All one with myself for a moment. All centered, undisturbed by the world’s demands. This is my moment for taking a deep breath.

So far, there was only one comment regarding hexagramm 43 – Break-Through:

  • “How can I transform vulnerability into positive energy?”

The current interpretation can be found here: http://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/777778.htm

30. May 2016 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Qian → Dui_en, Qian → Qian_en | Comments Off on 43 – break-through

05 – waiting

Scope of Questions
Waiting for the perfect moment. Waiting for the auspicious gap. Waiting for the best moment to intervene. Although the world is anything but quiet.
Like a cat waiting to pounce…

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

27. May 2016 by kus
Categories: Dui → Li_en, Hexagrams, Li → Kan_en, Qian → Dui_en | Comments Off on 05 – waiting

03 – difficulty at the beginning

Scope of Questions
A number of inquies reached me regarding hexagram 03 – Difficulty at the Beginning. Here are some of them: Continue Reading →

27. May 2016 by kus
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01 – determination

Scope of Questions
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.

A number of inquies reached me regarding hexagram 01 – Determination. Here are some of them: Continue Reading →

26. May 2016 by kus
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11 – peace

777888Case Studies
Two users each get Hexagram 11 – peace as the I Ching’s response to their individual questions or situations. Here are the two starting points:

  • Situation A: I am dissatisfied with my car and would like to buy a new, a bigger one. The necessary steps, however, turn out to be incredibly difficult for me, emotionally I feel torn. On one hand I associate a new auto with recognition and reputation for myself; on the other hand I feel resistance: buying a new car would require a loan, a new car is not really necessary, maybe I am not worth it. Basically I feel like being pushed, being dispelled. My question to the I Ching: ‘What exactly is my problem in this situation?’
  • Situation B: After years I now face the opportunity to resume contact with a person who once severely hurt me. I am not sure if I should do this.

Continue Reading →

18. February 2015 by kus
Categories: Dui → Zhen_en, Hexagrams, Qian → Dui_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 11 – peace

36 – darkening of the light

787888Case Study
A user describes her situation as follows: “I feel lots of love for the children, the love for my partner, however, is gone. I wish it was different, but this is as things are now. I feel a great sense of duty towards my family.” Regarding this situation the user asks the following question: “How to proceed?” The I Ching responds with hexagram 36 – darkening of the light. Continue Reading →

17. February 2015 by kus
Categories: Hexagrams, Kan → Zhen_en, Li → Kan_en, Zhen → Kun_en | Comments Off on 36 – darkening of the light

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