33 – retreat

Graphic hexagram 33How to solve open issues / unfinished tasks / open points? Much by tackling the problem and work it down. However, some issues can not be solved and checked off through our intervention, sometimes the solution lies beyond our possibilities.

If in such cases we get stuck in solution attempts, we frustrate ourselves and block our energies and attention. In such cases, the solution is then: let go! If we let go of the matter we unblock ourselves at the same time. We re-encounter ourselves and become whole again. And ideally the problem gets solved by itself. Each issue has a momentum. And by letting go we express trust in this momentum and give room to it.

Scope of Questions

Concerning hexagram 33 – Retreat I received further inquiries in the meantime, which take up the “die and become” motif:

  • Over a long period of time a user has invested much energy in her partnership and family. So much that it eventually made her sick. During her illness she learned something about himself: that she is strong and willing, yet has a highly sensitive core.
  • Another user asks: “I feel that J. wants distance. How should I behave towards him?” and receives hexagram 33 – Retreat as an answer.

Case Study

A user consults the I Ching: “What shall I do? My current situation is full of open issues and recently I have found myself in some fairly hostile situations.” The I Ching responds with hexagram 33 – retreat.
What are open issues? They are unfinished tasks, open points within our lives that we – at least for now – cannot solve and thus check off. And because we are continuously confronted with them we tend to dig ourselves into finding a solution at any cost – what consequently blocks our energies and binds our attention.
Hexagram 33 – retreat begins with Gen, the mountain (lower trigram) and suggests to first of all  disengage. Disengaging and solving are close to each other [this refers to the German words “Loslassen” (= to disengage) and “Lösen” (to solve)]: it is very well possible to solve a good part of any problem through own doing but a successful solution will always also depend on the issue’s internal dynamics. Disengaging will thus not only give room for momentum but also unleash our own energies and attention.
As disengagement in the lower trigram (Gen, the mountain) freed our energies we now can move on to Sun, the wind / tree (first core character): center, reconnect with ourselves and grow.
In fact, many problems we encounter within our environment, in the exterior, with people around us, and often nothing but a reflection of our own inner world. We can work with these difficulties on both levels of actions: be it the external or the internal world (the latter by looking within ourselves, tracking relevant resonances, and working with them). Both are legitimate and purposeful ways.
The change in perspective heralded through disengagement (lower trigram; Gen, the mountain) and the resulting growth (first core character; Sun, the wind / tree) eventually develop into Qian, the heaven (second core character and upper trigram). Qian represents our own spirit which ideally has a high degree of clarity and coherence.
According to the zero-point field theory we can organize the (zero-point) field with our own living awareness and make it coherent. Concerns, desires, thoughts loops disturb our spiritual coherence; however, meditation furthers the integrative and cohesive forces of our personality and thus restores our connection with the whole. The result is a state of mind that lets us embrace the unpredictabilities of life equanimously and marvel at its perfection.

The current interpretation can be found here: https://www.no2do.com/hexagramme_en/887777.htm