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Ricardo Andree says that 63 is a transitional balance or stop in the path of completing the transformation. The risk is to believe that you have ended it already. If you don't move forward, the goal may elude you.
It make sense looking at the Judgement’s lines :
Success in small matters.
At the beginning good fortune,
At the end disorder.
A interesting site where they put the enneagram numbers against each other.
The 3 is fire, the yin eye in the yang fish, and the 6 is water the yang eye in the yin fish.
Nigel Ricmond is desribing a very interesting diagram in one of his books about water and fire. In the I Ching oracle he is using this diagram.
Here we see the figure 8 and two cirkels. When we follow the 8 then there is only one line that is changing when we go from one trigram to the other. When we also go to water and fire then there are two cirkels. When we visit Li and Kan(fire and water) every time the polarity is changing.
He writes about 63 and 64; When taken in their most inner meaning these hexagrams represent enlightment. Here enlightment is taken to mean transition from identity which is seperate from the life energy(but uses it) to being one with that energy without seperate need. The state of being in the whole but yet aware is not imaginable while in the state of identity, there is too much fear of losing identity which is mistaken for losing our being.
If one stands still at the end, disorders arise, because the way comes to an end.
The ruler of the hexagram is the six in the second place.....
From what I read at your post I gather that 63 doesn’t talk about a granted success but what to do in order to succeed how to do all those small tasks that will lead to the achievement of a goal .My minds understand better images .........
From what I read at your post I gather that 63 doesn’t talk about a granted success but what to do in order to succeed how to do all those small tasks that will lead to the achievement of a goal .My minds understand better images than words so the image comes in my mind reading your post is of tightrope walking. It shas to do with crossing and balance .
Janice:...Of all the kinds of joy, non perhaps is so pure as that occasioned by sudden insight." Robert Grudin...
The beginning of Hex 63 seems to be the climax ... a person's 15 minutes of fame, which can go as rapidly as it came...
So from life and from death, comes the promise of rebirth ...
SO, by preparing a new vessel with new beliefs, new attitudes, excercises, etc. we allow the revitalized water to flow again.
Of all the kinds of joy, non perhaps is so **** as that occasioned by sudden *******."
we can practise all the variegated postures,
Those that an ordinary husband has but rarely seen,
Such as taught by T’ien lao to theYellow Emperor,
No joy shall be equal to the delights of this first night,
These shall never be forgotten, however old we may grow.
Chang Heng (AD 78^139), poet and scientific
Quoted at: http://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/04/04708488/0470848804.pdf
an excerp from a novel about the last chinese empress.
Zhang Heng in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220), ... wrote a poem about the mood of a man and a woman on their wedding day from the woman’s perspective. This poem was highly appraised in later ages. It was considered lovely, but not dirty.
The first part of this long poem is filled with foreshadowing. But after that it moves onto the main subject of the couple’s first encounter, from removing their makeup and costume to spreading the dowry painting on the bed and imitating those acts which interest them.
The happiest time of one’s life is the pleasurable time tonight, and this feeling will not be forgotten even in old age.
We can see that this long poem not only describes the dowry painting, but also describes the joyous time of making love on the wedding day.
....So what is enlightenment? Is it when you know that you are you? And that you in the deepest truth is a pure and nondual Spirit? Is it when we realize we never really die (because the Self is timeless) and we know we've always been here (because the Self is ever present)? We already know all this, it sits way in the back of our mind......but somewhere somehow this got all messed up.
Are we involved in some kind of evolutionary experiment? Is it a process? How do we break the trance we're in...forgetting who we are and being caught in in all the pain and distraction of human life? When will we stop playing hide and seek with the Self?
What's going to keep us from making huge mistakes as we continue to move away from organized religions to the disorder that we're in right now? Or are we going to make al ot of mistakes so we will learn collectively as well as individually.
Charly wrote - Zhang Heng in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220), ... wrote a poem about the mood of a man and a woman on their wedding day from the woman’s perspective. This poem was highly appraised in later ages. It was considered lovely, but not dirty.
pantherpanther wrote - Enlightenment begins in the body not the mind. It is an individual matter, that is, it requires learning how one's body works and how to use it rightly. The process that leads toward Enlightenment will become clear.
"This body of ours is something like an electric battery in which a mysterious power latently lies. When this power is not properly brought into operation, it either grows mouldy and withers away or is warped and expresses itself abnormally."
D T Suzuki
He shoulda made a spare paddle, cuz..Takes thought of misfortune
And arms himself against it in advance.
He's up the creek without a paddle.At the beginning good fortune.
At the end disorder.
Hex 63 represents a dynamic where everything you notice or are attending to is at least balanced by what you are ignoring and completely clueless about. Therefore, all counsel is directed to the need to notice these other aspects before your errors and omissions become truly difficult or the other things going on totally overwhelm everything and anything you have tried to complete.
The situation of hex 63 is an abstract symbolism independent of the specifics involved. Whatever you have achieved or completed whether searching for enlightenment or achieving intimate relations or combining powerful elements you have so far done with only your own interests, intents and actions in mind which might well be described as half-baked, half-assed or just self-centered.
Now that you have already completed your unfortunate actions, it is now After-- when what has been set loose is now about to be felt in the backlash, what you sowed is ripening toward its harvest and all attention needs to be focused upon making those changes that will limit the disaster and salvage as much as possible.
Charly, pantherpanther, rodaki and tuckchang, all your posts are quite enlightening!...
pantherpanther what a powerful message. I could respond to you in pages!! Indeed if enlightenment begins in the body, then we still have such a long way to go. The overall health of the people of this planet isn't good at all.....reversing the effects collectively, individually, spiritually, is a long journey in itself! It's not like waking up one morning and we all suddenly have a new identity and face. That's just the outer surface, it doesn't include the inner one.
This is an interesting quote that seems to put Suzuki's ideals into action.....and tuchchang's steam and power.
"The belief in old age began to take hold of me when I was nearing the half-century mark. I began to get wrinkled and gray, my knees tottered and a great weakness came over me.....I spend hours and hours silently affirming my unity with the infinite energy of the one true God. I associated with the young.....In this way I switched the old age current of thoughts. Then I went deep down within my body and talked to the inner life centers. I told them with firmness and decision that I would never submit to the old age devil, that I was determined never to give in. Gradually, I felt a new life current coming up from the life center. It was a faint little stream growing strong by leaps and bounds. My cheeks have filled out, the wrinkles and crow's feet are gone, and I actually feel like the boy that I am." Charles Fillmore
As to why this hexagram has sparked so much talk about enlightenment..I dunno, so I just want to say "Hi Trojan!"
To be very mundane about it I lost count of the times i got 63 unchanging regarding purchases that seemed perfect to me that I asked about before splashing the cash. Taking the answer as basically 'yup done deal', going ahead with the purchase and it indeed being a very good purchase that meets my needs perfectly I take the 'reversion to disorder' in those instances the simple fact that these items will inevitably in time either wear out, break or no longer suit my needs. They were perfect on the day of purchase...from that time on they will be constantly reverting to disorder....a bit like the human body...er past the age of er... Everything works perfectly at 25, maybe a few things are a bit worn by age 65. The law of entropy ? Not as in 18...cos i am straying to 18 territory..but i think 63 is the moment of all being well as it is and the 'revert to disorder' is just a reminder it won't always be, hex 64 is just down the road.!
Hi, Janice:... Charly, your post speak of lovemaking not just about procreation, or survival of the fittest, it is a sacred inner journey. Perhaps, it is a threshold between the worlds, a place where we can touch upon the source of life itself.....a place where a couple connects to something bigger than themselves....everything is aligned for that moment...you're exactly where you're supposed to be and life pours in for those few seconds giving you a chance to look at it and see it happening...
The mating theme is also present applying perhaps to the custom of mating couples wading through the stream as a lustratory rite in the spring ceremonies of the common people... That there was an amatory connotation to crossing a stream, lifting the skirts and making love is made clear in Ode 87...
R. Rutt: page 356
I too recently got 63 (33 > 63) when asking about a purchase. I initially thought done deal- but also had the feeling that it was one I should retreat from. However I bought it and lo and behold, it's actually not much better than my last camera (battery life issues) and is actually a step down.. but luckily my mum wants a new camera as I don;t think they'd take it back now as it was on sale. And I'm going to try and revive my old camera with lithium batteries, and I've still got an affection for it... Bit annoying, in a way at that time, because I thought it'd be easier to just get it, I didn't bother shopping around, and when I got such a direct sign from the Yi saying think again, I suppose I rebelled... (I also got 29.1 re the purchase)...
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