Hexagram Thirty-nine

Your symbol is Hexagram 39, getting stopped. Inability to take the next step is delaying progress. Seek help from a wise person, then apply your own sincerity to the situation.

The first line, yin, shows that moving forward will only cause more problems. In this situation it is better to rest.

The second line, yin, shows the people who take on troubles on account of others, with little gain for themselves. They may stop one's progress, but not for personal reasons.

The third line, yang, shows one who makes it thorough one difficult situation, only to fall into another. When no more progress can be made, return home.

The fourth line, yin, shows one moving forward to situations of greater difficulty. Unable to progress, this person meets with the like minded friend of the previous line. They provide each other comfort and balance.

The fifth line, yang, shows one who struggles with a difficult situation. Friends come to help, since they have been in similar situations.

The sixth line, yin, shows one who goes forward as if to purposely increase the difficulty, then standing still. This person shows his/her greatness in this way, and seeks favors from those who can help.

To the reader: Most of the hexagrams have at least one line that predicts bad results, but that does NOT mean you are fated to that result. The hexagrams illustrate different attitudes, so study the actions and reactions to learn the attitudes that will lead to better outcomes.

The I Ching teaches you to flow with changes. Create positive change from the inside through conscious living. Your future is in your hands. Consult the I Ching for ideas that lead to clear thinking and positive mental attitude. Reading the I Ching helps you take the time to reflect on your attitudes and ideas.

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A note from the author: I wrote this version of the iChing in 1994 and put it online at Surrealist.org in 2000. It is now available as an e-book. Click here to see Learning to Flow with the Dao at Amazon.com.

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