Hexagram 37, People in the Home, defines a safe space. Within it we can find our place with one another, and become confident enough in our own identities that we can eventually reach out beyond its walls.
The first line of the hexagram sets up those all-important walls:
‘With barriers, there is a home.
It’s a very clear line: walls create a home; they separate ‘inside’ from ‘outside’, so there can be a secure, close-knit group within. In readings, this line very often points to the need to set limits, to have ground rules, without which there can be no mutual understanding. Fences, as Wu Jing Nuan comments on this line, make good neighbours.
When the ‘boundaries’ – the first and last line – of a hexagram are ignored, you can build its nuclear hexagram from the core lines: 234,345. (Here’s an illustrated explanation of this.) Do this with 37 and you find its core is Hexagram 64, Not Yet Across. Which might seem odd: how come the core of People in the Home unfolds into this state of flux, where nothing is in its place and everything is still to be done?
Maybe this points to the same truth as does this quotation from Deepak Chopra (part of a longer excerpt from his The Book of Secrets at the Cygnus review :
‘Imagine a house with four walls and a roof. If the house burns down, the walls and roof collapse. But the space inside isn’t affected. You can hire an architect to design a new house, and after you build it, the space inside still hasn’t been affected. By building a house you are only dividing unbounded space into inside and outside. This division is an illusion. The ancient sages said that your body is like that house. It’s built at birth and burns down when you die, yet the Akasha, or soul space, remains unchanged; it remains unbounded.’