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Out of the gate

close-up of old gate latch
This is by way of a follow-up to my ‘Dispersing Nourishment‘ reading. I thought I’d share as it’s another reading that shows how Yi helps with the small stuff, and on multiple levels. Besides, I appreciate the eloquence of the trigrams in this one.

Background, reading…​


My joints ache – not a lot, but more than they used to, especially in the mornings, and especially over the past year. I know the basics I need to do about this (move more, eat more turmeric and less sugar, lose weight), so this reading wasn’t about that. Instead, I was thinking about the symbolism of this, with its ‘no, you’re not free to move’ message.

So my question was,

‘How to change this? Not so much what to do, as how to be? What inner change will help?’

Yi answered with Hexagram 60, Measuring, changing at line 2 to Hexagram 3, Sprouting.

The central idea of jie, Measuring, is the way bamboo divides itself into regular sections. And Sprouting is associated with the new seedling breaking through the soil. So with the two together (my usual first step of looking at the primary-relating framework), I can imagine the bamboo growing, sprouting again from the root. New stems, new joints – time for some new measures?

Out of the gate​


There’s plenty more to be said about those two hexagrams, of course, but I mostly wanted to share this reading for its very apt moving line:

‘Not going out of the gate from the courtyard.
Pitfall.’

Hexagram 60, line 2

That one got a wry smile – it’s far too literal for comfort. Yi wasn’t really accepting the tidy inner/outer distinction I’d tried to make with my question. The Dispersing flood of pandemic-related changes (no shopping, no orchestras, and volunteering confined to Zoom) meant I’d barely been outside our front gate in over a year.

Inner and outer, lake and stream​


I adopted ‘out of the gate’ as a guiding inner principle – learning new ‘cello pieces, reading different books, studying new things. That’s all good, but it’s surprised me how big a difference it makes literally to head out of the gate, get on the bike and creak and rattle away.

On another level, I feel this reading’s talking about free circulation between those inner and outer worlds I’d attempted to separate with my question. After all, the inner and outer trigrams of Hexagram 60 are both made of water, which means it doesn’t divide neatly into two separate realms in the same way as – for instance – 38 (fire above the lake) or 41 (mountain above the lake): it’s one continuous substance.

I think the Image authors were picturing a flow from inner reserves (of de, character) out into action –

‘Above the lake is the stream. Measuring.
A noble one crafts number and measure,
Reflecting on character in action.’

My moving line is just at the water-surface of that inner lake: filling up, ready to flow (through the gate!) into the outer stream. And as it changes, it reveals the thunder trigram behind it in Hexagram 3: lake with latent thunder, lake in motion, with a need to move. Water in the lake may be still and contained, but it still remembers how to flow.

(This is the kind of trigram imagery I enjoy – animation, relationships, meanings changing with each new combination – and teach in the Foundations Class. If you’ve ever found trigrams and their long lists of attributes a bit dry, I can recommend it.)

And finally…​


When I came back to this reading, I realised it was a sequel to my 59-27 from the beginning of the pandemic. Not only is 60 the paired hexagram of 59 –

is the inverse of​

but 60.2 is the paired line of 59.5:

is the inverse of​

Open up all your granaries, yes, and all your stores of knowledge and/or lentils – but opening doesn’t stop there.
 

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I'm seeing 60.2 as describing something that has reached it's limit - there's nothing more to be gained from staying indoors philosophising about the benefits of exercise - but 3 sounds like it's a little hard to get started actually doing it.
 

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Background, reading…

My joints ache – not a lot, but more than they used to, especially in the mornings, and especially over the past year. I know the basics I need to do about this (move more, eat more turmeric and less sugar, lose weight), so this reading wasn’t about that. Instead, I was thinking about the symbolism of this, with its ‘no, you’re not free to move’ message.

So my question was,

‘How to change this? Not so much what to do, as how to be? What inner change will help?’

Yi answered with Hexagram 60, Measuring, changing at line 2 to Hexagram 3, Sprouting.
Articulating the Crossing - Hex 60 meaning 'stilling it'
Sprouting / The World Tree - Hex 3 meaning ' it appears, but does not leave it's dwelling'

Nuclear 27 Jaws / The Tiger's Mouth meaning ' correcting the source of nourishment'

The inner change that will help you move beyond your ‘no, you’re not free to move’ situation is one wrapped in the early stages of recognition like a form not yet clear as it steps out of the darkness of the abyss(3). The crossing of the inner pathways is underway, however the foundations for making the crossing are yet to become solid. (60)That time is approaching .You are being drawn inexorably towards correcting the imbalance in your inner world. Your challenge in all this is applying your will to align what you say and think with your actions i.e Can you really walk the talk and manifest the combination of you inner and outer worlds into a place of unification? (27).

Remember, this inner change will not happen if you stay seated firmly in your comfort zone (shadow-5). For the inner reorganisation, that is the focus of your enquiry, to happen you will need to create a new inner landscape and then maintain and add to it. Intention, engagement and committment. The right time for this inner change has a limited life span (the aches and pains are but the tip of the iceberg and still at their sprouting stage - i.e. the best time to nip this 'not being free to move' -ness in the bud) and it could be all too easy to miss the boat and with it the chance to sail freely and painlessly across the wide blue waters.(60.2)

...or it may mean nothing like this for you.
 
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Very Karcher, thank you! Where does the 'sailing across wide blue waters' come in?

there's nothing more to be gained from staying indoors philosophising about the benefits of exercise
Are you talking to me, by any chance?

:rofl:
 

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Very Karcher, thank you! Where does the 'sailing across wide blue waters' come in?
It is the glimpse of the hidden possibility combined in the intermingling yet firmly based in Hex 60. There is of course poetic licence as you would expect in any Karcher-esque interpretation.

Imagine yourself in a boat in the middle of the still peaceful ocean resting under the Sun with the Moon soon to rise. In the haze it is difficult to see where the water ends and the sky begins. Is one water? Is one lake? Is one lake? Is one water? In the stillness you loose yourself betwixt lake and water all you see is blue...........
 

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There is of course poetic licence as you would expect in any Karcher-esque interpretation.
I'd be disappointed if it were missing! (Though funnily enough, my small experience with actual Karcher interpretation is that he was very specific.)
Imagine yourself in a boat in the middle of the still peaceful ocean resting under the Sun with the Moon soon to rise. In the haze it is difficult to see where the water ends and the sky begins. Is one water? Is one lake? Is one lake? Is one water? In the stillness you loose yourself betwixt lake and water all you see is blue...........
The funny thing is, this sounds/feels exactly like Hexagram 59 to me.
 

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I'd be disappointed if it were missing! (Though funnily enough, my small experience with actual Karcher interpretation is that he was very specific.)
I would love to have had a similar experience with him. When people are able to slide into specifics easily it usually means they know their onions. Plus it is easier to be specific one to one rather than ina public forum.
The funny thing is, this sounds/feels exactly like Hexagram 59 to me.
There you go then. Your sense and my sense of your situation in harmony. I'm glad my reading resonated with you in some small way and hope this inner change unfolds fully for you.
 

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