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Yi on authenticity

Yi on authenticity

This is episode 11 of the I Ching with Clarity podcast, featuring another listener’s reading.

Sarah asked,

“How can I better convey my authentic and true self with others?”

and Yi replied with Hexagram 45, Gathering, changing at lines 4,5 and 6 to 23, Stripping Away –

changing to

It’s a deep, rich reading, profoundly reassuring.

As we were talking about 45.5 –

‘Gathering together has a position.
No mistake.
No trust at all.
From the source, ever-flowing constancy.
Regrets vanish.’

Hexagram 45, line 5

– I showed Sarah this page of ancient forms of the character yong, ‘perpetual, ever-flowing’, which shows a human figure flowing with the river currents. The story it reminded me of was this one, from Zhuangzi.

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