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My planned actions: 56.4 and 52

elizabeth

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I asked the Yi to show me a picture of a plan of action I have and hope to execute (would prefer to keep details private). I am interested in the nature of the hexagrams it gave me. It said Hex 56.4, the Wanderer, and then Hexagram 52, The Mountain/Keeping Still.

My understanding is that Hex 56 calls me a wanderer in a foreign land or in unknown territory, and as such I must be careful and respectful of the land and people around me.

Line 4: The wanderer rests in a shelter. He obtains his property and an ax. My heart is not glad.

L4 seems to say I have to go this one alone/there are times we do things without support and this is one of those times.

And Hex 52, seems to suggest seeking a quiet heart AND coming to a halt. But I am not sure that is all there is to it.
"Fire on the mountain:
The image of The Wanderer.
Thus the superior man
Is clear-minded and cautious
In imposing penalties,
And protracts no lawsuits."

So if I go about it clear-mindedly, things should be fine.

"The Wise Person Does not permit his thoughts To go beyond his situation. "" That seems to suggest if i go about the plan *without expectations about the results* I should be fine.

I found an old post by LightofDarkness, who wrote the following:

The looking back emphasis in 52 is on analysis of past steps to in some way aid in moving forwards - this is an act of discernment; using past experiences to aid in determining the best 'future' experiences. - IOW quality control.
and

When we add-in basic emotions, 52 correlates with suffering, grief, through the loss of love. It is through that loss, a past experience, that we develop discernment.
That suggests to me "be discerning" but it doesnt necessarily say do not act. Right?

Does anyone disagree? Is there any way the Yi is saying not to pursue this plan?
 

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Hi

ok this is my first post so please bear that in mind but I do feel very familiar with these two hexagrams. They came up regularly for me when I was living in a foreign city only speaking a foreign language and without any real friends or support around me. Thus I totally agree with your view of line 4 as one of those times you have to go it alone and just get on with it. It's not bad - you do actually achieve the "basics" (what you need at the time??) but your heart is not glad - there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

but I didn't ever see the 52 as halting - just keeping your mind still in the sense of not making waves, rocking the boat, sticking your head above the parapet etc.,because you are in the vulnerable position of being the wanderer - the metaphorical stranger in a strange land.

So what I suppose is that if you can handle the solitude of it and if you can maintain your "stillness" - as you said not letting your thoughts go beyond the situation then you will survive but I think the combination of the two hexagrams suggests a certain vulnerability that should be treated with care. Dunno if that helps at all I hope it does.

Lucia
 

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hi Lucia,

Yes that does help, thank you very much. I am concerned with the "lack of the pot of gold" essence of line 4, but I am also going into this trying to have no expectations. This action is something I have to do for me in order to learn something and move forward and it won't be easy. At least the Yi isn't saying "dont do it"-- that is good, bc I plan to do it anyway !!! I find it highly eery that the Yi gave me these hexagrams and they *perfectly* fit my situation. (How did it know?!?!) My plan of action wo'nt happen for another few months but in the meantime I'm going to "remain still" as much as possible.

Thanks.
 

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