Regarding hexagram16 – 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?”
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.
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?”
A user constantly experiences conflict situations with his partner, with issues being discussed that have not been right for a long time. There are no other conversations than that. He is faced with the question – and he asks it to the I Ching – whether the relationship has ended.
The Marrying Maiden – what a programatischer title! Although hexagram54 – 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?”
A user asks the I Ching the following question: “How should I deal with my lack of jobs – and the corresponding low income? Is there maybe something good about the situation?” The I Ching’s answer is hexagram55 – abundance. A wonderful response to a question which relates to scarcity…
A user writes: “Two weeks ago I decided to separate from my wife after 13 years of marriage. My question for the I Ching is, ‘What situation am I in?’”
A user asks: “My only son is leaving the house. I am currently not working. How should I deal with the future emptiness?”