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grace heart

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Hello everyone,

I have been getting Hexagram 37 a lot lately, as an unchanging answer to questions such as:
* What will be a prevailing influence in the year following this birthday?
* Him and I - insight,please? (twice)
* What is the matter with me?!

And earlier on today to:
* What will happen if I offer my old novel to an agent again now?

This last question refers to the novel I wrote a few years back, but no agent wanted to take it on at the time. I had to let it be, get on with writing other stuff, and haven't approached an agent since.

A rather intuitive friend of mine then suggested, pretty much out of the blue, that I could perhaps have another go with it... So I asked I Ching. Got the hexagram 37 again, obviously a life theme for me at the moment, but I don't know how connect all the dots... Not even when it comes to "Him & I" relationship question, but especially when it comes to my writing.

All suggestions, interpretations, musings, experiences etc. you'd like to share would be very welcome.

Thank you,

Grace
 

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The family is flourishing! This hexagram is very auspicious, and promises you many good things. Do your duty and work hard without any distractions. If you do, then you have very good fortune, indeed. But you do not want to take actions that brings about change too radically. Maintain your position, and let things take their turn at the right time.
 

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Hello Grace (great name, btw!)

One of the questions Hilary has in her book for hexagram 37 is

"What kinds of growth does this environment support?"

I don't know if it'll stimulate anything for you but when I just went through your questions in my mind, taking each in turn and thinking about it in terms of that question of Hilary's, it felt quite fruitful in my head (!).

Another quotation of Hilary's book on this hexagram:

"A home is where people rear a pig together, sharing wealth, work and value. People in the home cooperate in their shared space and invest in it together (as in a family, workplace, school of thought, or culture)..."

Finding people who share the same vision/values etc as you do, and who you can therefore work with, or be with productively.

The image is:

"A noble one's words have substance and her actions are consistent."

I got this hexagram, also unchanging, in relation to a writing project last year. It had literal relevance in that whenever I worked on the project I would rearrange my environment to help me do the project: I'd shut out sounds, close doors, draw curtains, gather cushions round, and generally set things up so that I could be as productive as possible, so I found Hilary's explanation was spot-on. I didn't do the rearranging because of the hexagram, by the way. It didn't occur to me until after I'd been doing it a few weeks that that was what the hexagram had been talking about. It was very important for the words to have substance, that part was obvious, but it was also very important to be consistent - I often flagged and felt like jacking it all in, or felt like it wasn't coming together, etc.

In the end I did stop the project sooner than I'd originally intended because I was worn out, and it was as if the hexagram had been raising the question of continuation right at the start, as if it was asking me to consider more: 'do you have the means to be able to keep going with this, because it's going to require a lot of consistent actions?'

As an unchanging hexagram, it could be simply 'this is all you need to know', i.e. no changing lines required for your answer, nothing majorly complicated. Or it could be a question; the Yi talking to you, asking you what you think of the topic it's bringing up. Or it could just be emphasising the hexagram. Since you keep getting it, it's obviously getting emphasised already!

Those are just some thoughts. I hope you get still more from other people.

Regards

Nebu
 
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Greetings Grace!

I'm still very much a newbie w/I Ching. Studied it a while ago and I'm coming back around to it.

On Tuck Chang's site, his preface for Hexagram 37 reads:

People return home after having been hurt outside, therefore Jia Ren (household) is granted.
Symbolically, I see this as people (the questioner) return home (returns to self, examines personal needs and desires) after having been hurt (after feeling rejected, disappointed, frustrated) outside (by others, society), therefore the household is granted (thus one's inner house is in order).

So to me this says you may understand your proper role in these life experiences when you examine things from your own perspective and desires. Sometimes when we interact with the world we believe what others tell us instead of what our heart tells us - we forget our fabulosity and perfection and passion. Mondo Secter writes about this hexagram "Be yourself and not as you think or hope others see you."

What will happen if I offer my old novel to an agent again now?Perhaps the real question is what does my soul want in this regard? Would you still write novels even if they were never published? Did you have the impetus to offer this to an agent again only because your psychic friend suggested it? Can you offer the old novel without getting "hurt" (without attachment to the outcome)?

Hope this helps...

~soulstories
 

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whenever I have gotten 37 unchanging, it immeditely brings to mind the hearth, the center of the family, the place, or simply the way, one gathers close to inner warmth, nurturance and good feelings. this makes a lot of sense when it comes to the question of the prevailing influence.

sometimes it can also point to the need to unravel family issues that may be ongoing, even from the past that still affect you.

I have also thought of it as a line where "going out into the world" is not as important as tending to the personal issues of the heart, or the mundane like cleaning closets, emptying junk drawers, clearing clutter. Those mundane tasks often have far-reaching results.

Are there things/people/pets at home or within the family(immediate or extended) which need tending?

hmmmm, re: the novel, it is hard to speculate....my first thought was to skip the agent idea and shoot for a publishing house which feels like the right home for your book. I think that smaller, more mom-and-pop type publishers still exist and may accept a manuscript without an agent. ever thought about publishing it yourself? there are sites and companies that will publish your book ( not talking about an e-book) for a reasonable fee.

just some thoughts...
PS and btw, Grace Heart is a very 37ish name!
 
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There have been times when 37 synced with actual timely family involvement, but what could it mean if I am alone? Who or what is my family then, if clearly 37 is the answer for the time? Well, I start looking at things differently, as though it and I are somehow related. So my family becomes my life, my organism and the organisms it hosts, even microorganisms. I look out a window to across the valley, and I'm reminded that I am related to it, and all who and what that live in it. This is my town, my family. My dog is my family, my guitars are my family, my chair is my family. And of course my connection to other people, same last name or not, are family.

Applied to your question, your awareness of relatedness to everything in and around your life is the answer to all your life's problems.
 

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Wow ... really like sooo's answer. The notion of **my** belonging, and **my** relatedness makes sense. Any chair can be "my" chair or part of my relatedness to the greater whole when I need to sit down. A stranger can be a best friend in the time of emergency. For me, LISE's Hex 37 interpretation brings this to light, "... All these things can only come to life because there is a foundation and so the family is a family. Love is not strong enough to keep them together. But the pig they raise together, the farm they run, the skills they all bring in. When surviving is tough, families are strong. When people adhere to a conviction or master, the disciples become a strong community together. When an enemy threatens, people become fervent nationalists. Always when people need each other to survive, they become families". Thus, one's relatedness in times of need, whatever that need may be.

As an aside, what has always struck me about Hexagram 37 is its relatedness to 63 ... only the top line out of place. Almost everything is in the right place. Like the whole town or community is in its proper place and relating well, with only the sage missing. She is out doing her own witchdoctor-thing and is not relating to this community, therefore they cannot be totally complete. She has not taken her place in and beyond, therefore not everything is in place. I wouldn't tell you to interpret along these lines (because there are no lines here) but ... for me, in my readings, in my life and in my context, there have been times when 37 has been a call to look up, to see how I am relating to my higher self, to the witchdoctor in me. That everything is in its place in my life, but something in the spiritual or the universal connectedness is out and not related well. Is the witchdoctor-within too disengaged to be of use, is she not relating to the whole of me? She is not being a chair when I need to sit down therefore she can't be **my** chair. Did I forget her at the bus-station after her great journey down to join us from her mountain-retreat? At select times, I have been called to this interpretation of 37, with or without a change at line 6.
 
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When people adhere to a conviction or master, the disciples become a strong community together. When an enemy threatens, people become fervent nationalists. Always when people need each other to survive, they become families." Thus, one's relatedness in times of need, whatever that need may be.



I love that, Ace. your whole post is rich. After a tragedy or an "act of God" , there is always a renewed, or maybe completely new, sense of family in the community involved. and all the elements of "family" come in, too, not only the pleasant ones:eek: Thinking of a "Neighborhood Watch" meeting I once attended! I tend to love line 4 and look for it's guidance when 37 unchanged comes up. Which is why I think of hearth, the center, the place where "family" gathers, the place where the warmth comes from...could be inner, could be a communal source of strngth....but it is very interesting what you wrote about about line 6. then, too, line 6 is like the person/element strong enough to be on its own because of the foundation of family. the secure sense of belonging somewhere gives us roots..and wings
 
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Thus, one's relatedness in times of need, whatever that need may be.

..for me, in my readings, in my life and in my context, there have been times when 37 has been a call to look up, to see how I am relating to my higher self, to the witchdoctor in me. That everything is in its place in my life, but something in the spiritual or the universal connectedness is out and not related well. Is the witchdoctor-within too disengaged to be of use, is she not relating to the whole of me? She is not being a chair when I need to sit down therefore she can't be **my** chair. Did I forget her at the bus-station after her great journey down to join us from her mountain-retreat? At select times, I have been called to this interpretation of 37, with or without a change at line 6.

The witch-doctor or shaman is probably laughing, smiling at least. As though you are in the crystal ball, looking out and seeing nothing, while the shaman looks in and sees everything. "Thus, one's relatedness in times of need, whatever that need may be......" Relatedness to shaman is a crazy deal.
 
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I like to make a distinction also between relatedness and relationship. Relationship can be expressed nicely in 31/32, while relatedness is something I connect with 37, and also 13.

There are several relatives I've never had a relationship with. I've found that's not a very unusual thing. Many people would be more content to live with their cat or dog than with people. Their relationships may be small, but their relatedness may be very big.

On the other hand, someone may be entirely relationship oriented, while the other is relatedness oriented. Typically, and if 'shared readings' is any evidence, women more often are about relationship, while men are usually more relatedness oriented. A woman may see that as "fear of commitment" or such, but he may only be doing what guys are wired to do, relate. The need to make relatedness a relationship prematurely has led to the demise of both in very many cases.
 

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hello,

hex 37 is a pretty strange answer, seams very difficult to understand when unchanging but the answer is very easy, the problem is more a question on how much you are sincere with your self.

looking at your questions... it's looks like you just have an answer/idea about the outcome or how a situiation is, like the situation between him and you and so on.

well, the yi with a unchanging 37 is just and simply telling you that you know the answer to the questions... the answer are enclosed on how you really feel about each asked questions in which you got 37 unchanging.

37 answer primarely to your heart, for example you can ask: does he love me? while you are thinking and trusting that he doesn't love you.... getting 37 means that you know what's right... aka he is not loving you.

while if you ask does he love me? and you are thinking and trusting that he does... getting 37 means that you know and that you have a clear vision of the situation.... and 37 is a confirmation about.

that's why i'm stating that getting 37 is more a question of self sincerity.

as always..... hope to help
 

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