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Leave, go out and far away

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‘Dispersing blood.
Leave, go out and far away.
Not a mistake.’

Hexagram 59, line 6

Dispersing blood‘? What does that mean?

Wilhelm says it means avoiding an existing danger, ‘dispersion of that which might lead to bloodshed’ for both oneself and others. Lynn, following Wang Bi, has the same idea: ‘This one disperses the threat of bloodletting.’

So the traditional interpretation is quite clear. However, reviewing readings with this line, I found something else was happening. There was – often – over-sharing that harmed relationships; on one memorable occasion there was even an overheated motherboard with some crucial circuitry melted.

In other words, something had overflowed its limits; some truly useful boundaries had been ‘dispersed’, with unfortunate results. There were no enormous disasters, but in each case, dispersing had clearly gone too far.

The red stuff, we know, is supposed to stay on the inside. When there’s a threat of ‘dispersing blood’, run away. ‘Leave, go out and far away!’

Rethinking…


However… the line doesn’t end there. It concludes, ‘No mistake’. Why wouldn’t this be a mistake?

I wonder if this might be a similar ‘no mistake’ to that in the 6th line of Hexagram 28, Great Exceeding:

‘Exceeding in wading the river, head underwater.
Pitfall.
No mistake.’

Hexagram 28, line 6

Here, I think there’s a sharp division between two perspectives. 28.6 is a disaster for the one who drowns, but overall it’s not a mistake. We can imagine an all-seeing narrator, looking down on the scene from a great height, saying, ‘This was meant to be’ – or at least, that it wasn’t not meant to be.

Perhaps 59.6 is similar, and nothing in this line is a mistake? It might help to remember that ancient China was a lot less squeamish than we are. Blood sacrifice was a normal part of life, and essential to the ongoing flow of energy between humans and spirits.

So… perhaps this is not Dispersing gone too far; perhaps it did need to go this far.

However, once the blood is flowing, you need to get clear. After the emotional outpouring, people seek distance – stop talking to each other, block phone numbers, or at least pretend it never happened. If the wires have melted and now the whole device is live, stand well back and cut the power. Certainly, none of this is a mistake.

59.6 changes to Hexagram 29, the Repeating Chasms –

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In other words, behind ‘dispersing blood’ are chasms. Now everything is crumbling, now the walls are dissolving between the living and the dead, don’t fall in. Leave, go far away, get out!

Loftier perspective…


Combining a hexagram’s upper nuclear trigram with its outer trigram shows you its higher nuclear hexagram, the one I think of as the telos: a higher learning, an ultimate end. 59’s telos is 53, Gradual Progress: ultimately, Dispersing might free us to integrate more deeply and naturally, ‘marrying into’ our own lives.

Mapping 59.6 into 53 shows you 53.6:

‘Wild geese gradually progress to the high plateau.
Their feathers can be used to perform the sacred dances.
Good fortune.’

Hexagram 53, line 6

You can imagine this as the higher learning of 59.6 – and it gives you another view of what it can mean to leave and go far away. Go on out, over the mountains; maybe even go beyond your own objectives, your idea of what it’s all for. (Geese don’t understand sacred dances.) Get out of the immediate gore so you can see the dance, and dedicate the sacrifice to something higher.
 
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Is there an overview to Your Blogpostings, to example easy and quick finding a hexagram You've written about in Your Blogs ??? I were searching for hex. 12 a specific line to see Your interpretation of that....
 

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Is there an overview to Your Blogpostings, to example easy and quick finding a hexagram You've written about in Your Blogs ??? I were searching for hex. 12 a specific line to see Your interpretation of that....
For posts/ articles on hexagrams, see this index page. I've covered almost all the hexagrams (must write something about 58!) but I don't necessarily cover moving lines in these articles. For thoughts on each line, you need WikiWing (of which I see you're a member, thank you :) ).
 

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where is that page, never seen it before ? I use the link but where is the page situated here ?

found it. it's under 'I Ching readings' the 'hexagram essays' I wonder why it would be under I Ching readings :???:

in general I wish it were easier to find blog posts though I don't see how

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Thank You. Maybe I should search in depht before asking.... But I got my excuse in the fact that this is a very comprehensive www page :rolleyes:
 

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My singular experience with this line coincides with Bradford's:
Dispersing ones hot-bloodedness.
(overheated motherboard fits there also)
and getting distance to cool off.

The difference with a person and a motherboard, is that the motherboard is defective, and the human is just bent out of shape.
 

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where is that page, never seen it before ? I use the link but where is the page situated here ?

found it. it's under 'I Ching readings' the 'hexagram essays' I wonder why it would be under I Ching readings :???:

in general I wish it were easier to find blog posts though I don't see how

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It's under I Ching readings mostly because I ran out of space under 'Learn', though with the tremendously logical pretext that they're more 'something useful for readings' than 'learn to interpret your own'.

The site search does pretty well finding blog posts. 🔍
My singular experience with this line coincides with Bradford's:
Dispersing ones hot-bloodedness.
(overheated motherboard fits there also)
and getting distance to cool off.

The difference with a person and a motherboard, is that the motherboard is defective, and the human is just bent out of shape.
Did you manage to get away before everything melted, like Wilhelm says we should manage?

The motherboard reading came after the computer had turned abruptly into a doorstop; I was asking for a diagnosis. Yi said 59.6, and husband said 'melted motherboard'.
 

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Yes, just in time.
Things were boiling over,
daughter and I both overheated with anger,
about to melt the linoleum...

No permanent damage was done because I took the time to do the reading, and then let the cooling off time happen without interference.
We both laugh about it now,
and vowed never to let it happen again.
It was a watershed moment.
It made us closer.

Water (29) Shed (59)
 

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Good to hear! I have seen it a few times as a warning that didn't quite work. Not anger, just 'over-sharing'.
 

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In other words, behind ‘dispersing blood’ are chasms. Now everything is crumbling, now the walls are dissolving between the living and the dead, don’t fall in. Leave, go far away, get out!

Loftier perspective…


Combining a hexagram’s upper nuclear trigram with its outer trigram shows you its higher nuclear hexagram, the one I think of as the telos: a higher learning, an ultimate end. 59’s telos is 53, Gradual Progress: ultimately, Dispersing might free us to integrate more deeply and naturally, ‘marrying into’ our own lives.

.........Get out of the immediate gore so you can see the dance, and dedicate the sacrifice to something higher.

Sometimes I can see in readings the 'blood' that is our ancestoral connection (blood-line). This can link in nicely with your chasms and telos train of thought.

Divesting ourselves of our bloody ancestral wounds. A step towards healing ourselves and others in our bloodline.
 
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So, first I'll say - with lighthearted sarcasm, "I'm already an insomniac, so thanks Hilary for giving me yet another thing to mull over at 2 a.m.!" But really, if I didn't find it interesting I wouldn't have been kept up by it ....

In looking at 59's image text, we have 'the wind passes over the water'. The image that comes to mind is of the wind picking up bits, particles, molecules of water/mositure and carrying them to places where they might not otherwise go (if they instead simply followed water's downward 'flow').

Upon our earth, the water that's been picked up - and is held within the air and atmosphere - is a very, very, very, tiny part of the oveall waters of this earth, but consider how important water is in this form: without it we wouldn't have weather, or it would be quite a different beast, maybe only like the dry, hot winds blowing across a desert.

So, it seems that this 'Scattering' this 'Dispersing', this 'Untying' is both very rare and very important!

Looking at line 59.6, my sense is that the advice or meaning of this line is very situational - perhaps because it's such a rare and special situation? But delving into it in a more general way:

One thing I noticed is that all the lines of 59 have positive aspect to them - which is also a bit rare, as most hexagrams have a mix of 'positive' and 'negative' meanings, warnings or advice. But here the lines are (1) promising, (2) regrets pass, (3) there are no regets, (4) things are most promising, (5) nothing is wrong, and (6) there is no blame. I'm not sure what this means really, mostly just noticing it right now ....

As to the line, Bradford Hatcher's version reads:

Dispersing one’s hot-bloodedness
Getting distance
Far away to reappear
No blame

For me, the obvious advice - and I think others have said this as well - is that if we are too angry or too upset, we should step back from the situation until we can get some 'distance' or a better perspective, and only then should we return .... (and this is made even more obvious since Hatcher talks about hot-bloodedness, and not just of blood).

Similarly, dispersing might also mean to dilute, and blood could represent a vital and important part of ourselves (we take blood oaths, and swear in/upon blood, we talk of bloodlines, blood feuds, blood and guts, etc). So maybe another meaning is that we need to disperse or 'dilute' our selves or our sense of solidness, or self-importance to best deal with a situation: perhaps we don't come on too strong, or feel we absolutely have the right answer - or simlarly, that the solution might not always be found in just one (downward) direction ..... where we are so sure it is located.

(And understanding it like this might be good advice for how I approach a Yi reading - that it might not be all about what I think I know, or what I am so sure of! o_O - and just like Otis Readding recommends that we 'try a little tenderness' here I might try a bit of dispersion, scattering, breaking things up ...!)

Or that seems like some possibilities.

Best, David.
 
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Is there an overview to Your Blogpostings, to example easy and quick finding a hexagram You've written about in Your Blogs ???
Another good way to search Hilary's blog is with "Quick Search" in the menu. (I think technically it searches all non-forum pages, but that's mostly her blog.) (Added - er, it literally says "excluding the forums." No thinking required. Would help if I'd use my eyes, though. :rolleyes:)

For instance, type "hexagram 8" in that box. (In quotation marks - otherwise it'll find articles mentioning hexagrams 28, 38, etc.)
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