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Hello! I recently made a huge decision to quit an academic program, for the sake of my health, among other things. As time progressed, I have grown a little uneasy and uncertain about my choice, more anxious that I might regret doing this. I consulted the I Ching and drew Hexagram 32 (curiously and auspiciously, it was drawn on my 32nd birthday!). It has been difficult for me to decipher the essence of Hex32. On the one hand, I see it as saying “continue your departure, move on” but on the other hand my mind construes it to insinuate that I should “endure the pain of this pursuit.”My mind and ego are so fixated on dreams of grandeur, but my body is not budging anymore. I liken it to a dog(body) on a leash that will not abide its owner (ego)—I keep tugging on the leash, but the dog won’t oblige!Anyway, I know it’s a bit vague, but I would love outside insights... thank you for your time and consideration.
 

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Hi Jacob
It might be easier for you to interpret the consultation if you viewed it in relation to the actual question that you asked.
Good Luck
 

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Jacob,

You didn't tell us the question you asked. (therefore it's nearly impossible to interpret for you.)

32 un? make a decision, any decision, and stick with it.
In 32, the jun zi has a direction or takes a stand on something,
and sticks with it. 32=the long enduring.
 

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(Personally I wouldn't construe what Moss Elk said about "make a decision, any decision" to necessarily mean 32's telling you any and all directions are equally good. As M.E. went on to say, you do 'take a stand' - you want to move towards an end result you want - so first figure out what that is and how you might get there, and then stick with that. And yes, if you could share your exact question?)
 

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Oh, I didn't mean to imply all paths are equal.

I meant, making any decision and sticking to it is much better than paralyzed vacillitating.
 

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Hello and thank you all for responding. My question was specifically “should I return to school or maintain my trajectory of quitting?” — either way your responses are helping. :)
 

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Hello and thank you all for responding. My question was specifically “should I return to school or maintain my trajectory of quitting?� — either way your responses are helping. :)

In that case Yi could be saying one of several things: "pick whichever of those will get you where you want to be, and then stick to it" or, it could be describing one of them, if one could be described as "lasting" or "enduring" more than the other. (There might be other possibilities, too.)

This can be a problem with asking about two alternatives in one question - it's hard to tell which Yi's answering, or if it's giving some sort of umbrella answer.

"Where you want to be" is whatever you define it as, of course. Career, health - could be either, or something else. But "fruitful to have a direction to go" means first figure out where you want to go, then figure out how to get there.
 

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Hello and thank you all for responding. My question was specifically “should I return to school or maintain my trajectory of quitting?� — either way your responses are helping. :)


Of key importance,
did you already quit at the time you asked?

If you had already quit,
I would see it as continue with this choice.
If you had not yet quit,
I would see it as don't throw in the towel, stay with this
 

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Hi JacobC,

It's hard to interpret a single question about two different directions at the same time, so I've found others' examples of breaking it into two questions such as "what if I do A?" and "what if I do B?" helpful. That said, using what you cast, I like to look at the nuclear hexagrams (those within the primary hexagram) when I want a little more depth about a situation and have found a couple of different ways to look at them, so I'll post both:

Per Hilary's resource , the nuclears would be hexs 44, 43, and 54 for hex 32. The lower nuclear is the situation as encountered, the middle nuclear the challenge, and the upper nuclear how to overcome the situation. So, these could be interpreted something like:

You encounter the situation with the decision to quit having been invigorating (44), the challenge is remembering "it will serve you better to focus with clear intention on what you’re moving towards, rather than what you’re reacting against" (Hilary, Resonance Journal) (43) and overcome by finding one's niche (54).

Alternatively, it interested me to notice one time when I received hex 50 how hex 28 at the bottom (looking at lines 1,2,3,3,4,5 instead of 1,2,3,2,3,4) reflected how close I felt to the breaking point which I see is the bottom of your hex 32 as well. The three nuclears with the outer two being a little less compact are hexs 28, 43 (same), and 34. These could be interpreted something like:

You encounter a situation of being nearing the breaking point (28), the challenge (same) is remembering "it will serve you better to focus with clear intention on what you’re moving towards, rather than what you’re reacting against" (Hilary, Resonance Journal) (43), and overcome by keeping in mind that it's not just having great power that counts, but that it's used in the right way as well (34).

Either way, it looks to me like it affirms backing off in some fashion. Hex 32 is about a relationship that needs to honor both external and internal needs. Does this actually have to be an all or nothing decision? Can you settle for being less perfect about things if that is an issue? Is there any way you can just put things on hold for awhile? People have things that happen all the time that derail their studies for even years without a program being over for good. Also, being exhausted really doesn't put you in the best position to make a good decision about the future. Is it possible to work with someone on deferring things to leave the door open? Lots of questions that only you can answer, but best wishes for your sorting it all out.
 

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