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Hexagram Fifty-six

Your symbol is Hexagram number fifty-six, traveling. While visiting a land where one is a stranger, maintain humility, integrity and an open heart. Try not to judge the surroundings or the local inhabitants.

The first line, yin, shows a hostile stranger who only brings more bad fortune upon him or herself.

The second line, yin, shows a traveler coming to rest at an inn. Although there are servants, this person takes care of his/her own needs. This creates an aura of respect for the traveler.

The third line, yang, shows one who is disrespectful to hosts, thus losing the respect of everyone. The image is of a traveler setting fire to the inn, thus losing his/her servants and injuring him/herself.

The fourth line, yang, explains that you should feel at home wherever you are. The example is given of the traveler who brings along his/her means of livelihood, but still feels dissatisfaction of heart.

The fifth line, yin, explains that one must take risks to become successful. The example is that when shooting a pheasant, one's arrow is lost. Still, the higher goal will be reached.

The sixth line, yang, warns against losing one's equilibrium while traveling. The example is that the traveler laughs and then cries upon seeing a bird set fire to its nest. Expect the unexpected and don't be thrown off guard.

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 and 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. Continue asking until you feel positive about your course.

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A note about this interpretation of the I Ching: Nori Muster 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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