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33 unchanging - what brings me real happiness

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Whoa, I just asked "What will bring me real and true happiness in life" and i got 33 unchanging. So I take this to mean I must retreat into being a hermit (of a sort) to stay away from bad influences to be truly happy? That would mean always to be alone. Maybe to become a monk myself, which I have considered lightly and before that when I was a child I considered being a nun, but that was discarded. I do want to live in this world, I don't want to escape it into a monastery. What does this hexagram mean?]

EDIT: I do not equate 33 with herimit or monastery :) I just meant in this situation where I am looking for a love with a man, I asked what will bring me real happiness and I got Retreat 33 which I took to mean take a step or some steps back. Don't engage with this anymore for now or for ever. So I thought if REAL HAPPINESS in general comes from my retreating from men, then does that mean I am being advised to not enter into relationships with me in general? Backstory is I always wondered whether I was destined to be with anyone and maybe not since nothing has ever worked out. And then I have twice in my past dabbled with the idea of retreating to a monastery or cloister (both shut down quickly in my mind but still, I had these thoughts so maybe there was a flicker of desire). Then then last week, I did a guided meditation to find my soul mate and my inner self just looked perplexed when asked to see my life partner's image. My inner self just cocked its head in innocence and asked "but why do I need a life partner?" so I just ended the meditation thinking "oh, maybe deep down I don't really want or need a partner and it's just social conditioning that tells me I want to meet a man. So those are all the thoughts that went between my asking "What brings me real happiness", getting 33 retreat, thinking oh back off from wanting a life partner, and my wailing of "then does this mean I am being told it's better for me to be alone because that means I might as well be a real hermit or nun?" becauase maybe THAT is my life's purpose and I didin't want to acknowledge it and Yi has just told me to back off from meeting men.
OF course, now that I was told here on this forum that 33 retreat can mean stepping back not just to step back and get as far away from the situation because it is really bad for me, but to perhaps step back in order to gain perspective and insight to then decide if it is right for me or not, I see it clearer and I don't have to be wailing sad that 33 means I am destined to be alone all my life, that my happiness depends on my always stepping back from potential relationships. So I misread 33 in that way, not that 33 means being a hermit. Please don't misunderstand, I hope you can see where I got that from now!

I then asked "how does retreat bring me real happiness? retreat from what?" and got 2.5 > 8.
Line 5: Yellow skirt. Eminent auspiciousness.
No need to show who you are, it shows in what you do. The heart shines through the outward appearance and actions. Who is strong does not need to raise his voice, a good ruler does not need to display his authority.
(Hex.2's 8 Stand by: Cooperation without coercion)

At the real risk of over tiring the Yi and also asking too many questions, I asked "what does 33 mean?" and I got 30.1.2.4 > 18

This was pretty easy for me to understand finally. I means I got too ahead of myself, too excited about impermanent things that I thought were permanent things so I caused a hell on earth for myself (30.4) so I need to repair this (18) by getting perspective and distance from the situation that is hurting me from progress (33).

Anyone care to chime in if I am right or off mark? Any perspective is appreciated. :)
 
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Whoa, I just asked "What will bring me real and true happiness in life" and i got 33 unchanging. So I take this to mean I must retreat into being a hermit (of a sort) to stay away from bad influences to be truly happy? That would mean always to be alone. Maybe to become a monk myself...
The reading does not say to become a monk or hermit. It only says to keep bad people away from you.

Don't put words in Yi's mouth.
 
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The reading does not say to become a monk or hermit. It only says to keep bad people away from you.

Don't put words in Yi's mouth.
haha, yes yet again, I got ahead of myself and created a distraught situation for myself without needing to. Thanks for the cold water! Much appreciated, Moss Elk. :)

I started with needing to keep bad people away (since this situation was based on relationships and love), and then I went in the direction of since all the men I've been meeting are bad, then that stands to reason that if I keep them away, I will always be alone, hence living like a monk, or actually becoming one in an extreme scenario. Overactive imagination and taking things too fast too far in my mind. Also, seeing things from a lacking point of view instead of abundant since not ALL men I meet are bad and nor will they be in the future.
 

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33 has little to do with being a hermit. It means altering your mental distance from a situation to optimize your perspective, to reframe a situation so that you are more effective. With a better perspective, though, you may find that being involved in what you've been doing just isn't worth it.
 
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33 has little to do with being a hermit. It means altering your mental distance from a situation to optimize your perspective, to reframe a situation so that you are more effective. With a better perspective, though, you may find that being involved in what you've been doing just isn't worth it.
Thanks for the great insight! I liked your clear take on it. :) 33 was just confusing to me because the question was What will bring me real happiness?so i was expecting a more clear answer like "unity with people" or somethign like that. But I get it now!!
 

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Hello Danceofthegods!

I read it as, for the moment, do nothing. Retreat a bit from the outer world and gain power.
 
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Hello Danceofthegods!

I read it as, for the moment, do nothing. Retreat a bit from the outer world and gain power.
Thank you, Mary Blue Sky! In fact, that is what I am doing by choice and by situation. Your reading gives me peace, it is so kindly given. I hope you have a good day.
 

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I got 33 once as advice to go on a weekend Retreat with friends. We had a lovely time and came home refreshed and able to be 2.5 Receptive to all sorts of subtleties and possibilities in my regular life that I hadn’t noticed before.
 
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I got 33 once as advice to go on a weekend Retreat with friends. We had a lovely time and came home refreshed and able to be 2.5 Receptive to all sorts of subtleties and possibilities in my regular life that I hadn’t noticed before.
That sounds lovely, Rosada!
 

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