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    Default Memorizing the I Ching Hexagram 20. Kaun / contemplation (View)

    20. Kuan / Contemplation (View)

    A slight variation of tonal stress gives the Chinese name for this hexagram a double meaning. It means both contemplating and being seen, in the sence of being an example. These ideas are suggested by the fact that the hexagram can be understood as picturing a
    type of tower characteristic of ancient China.
    -Wilhelm

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    IC+ 20

    With/from devotion (to another/others) comes becoming influencial.

    Some pairs with 20:

    In the binary sequence hexagram 20 pairs with hexagram 08.
    The common theme in this pair is on attraction and admiration, be it of a collective (and so possible cult - hexagram 08) or of an individual setting an example ( hexagram 20).

    In the binary sequence hexagram 20 opposes hexagram 34.
    This pairing reflects the passive form of motivation reflected in 20 (admiring) vs the active form of motivation reflected in 34 (invigorating).

    At the LOCAL level we are dealing with an octet of hexagrams with the EARTH trigram as base. In this sequence hexagram 20, the focus upon being an example, admiration, is 'opposed' by hexagram 16, the use of one's own foresight/planning. More so, the exaggerated sense of open enthusiasm, foresight, and planning is reflected in a more balanced format through being an example for others, a source of admiration and so motivation for others.

    In the traditional sequence hexagram 20 pairs with hexagram 19.
    This pairing reflects a focus on low-to-high relationships, as (a) low approaches the 'high' (19) and (b) low admires, and so gets motivation from, the 'high' (20).

    ADMIRATION:

    19 : admiration (low-of-high) - through approach [defer]; 19 approaching/defer comes out of a context described by hexagram 04 - masking, socialising

    20 : admiration (low-of-high) - through motivate (set an example); 20 admiration/encouragement comes out of a context described by hexagram 03 - sprouting, initial difficulties

    There is also the negative side in someone being made an example of. Using the emotions we have 'with/from fear (darkness) comes anticipation of wrong doing'. By formal, highly observable, punishment the people are sent a message - dont.

    SOme XORing:

    infrastructure (27-ness) is described by analogy to 03 (a 'sprout' sticks out from the 'earth' and as such is a signal of spring, the new etc etc that can influence others)

    20 begins, keeps coming back to (24-ness), a state described by analogy to 42 - a focus on augmenting, lifting a level (03,42 form a pair covering this sense of shifting levels)

    From the outside, the external look of 20 (22-ness) is described by analogy to 63 an apparently 'correct', complete, stable form for all. This reflects traits of positive feedback, context setting and a source of autopeiotic development.

    (Note that positive feedback is about pushing away and here is covered in standing 'above' the crowd. The reactive form of this feedback is to 'go bush'
    and set up one's own context. The proactive form is more competitive in maintaining position by pushing aside others to 'stand out')

    From the inside, the internal look of 20 (47-ness) is described by analogy to 64, a focus on remaining open, not yet complete, undergoing perpetual re-configurations to maintain the external 'look'. This reflects negative feedback dynamics of perpetual 'getting closer to'. This internal dynamic ensures maintaining of the constant that is expressed.

    20 gets its nourishment (48-ness), feeds its 'bones' and so infrastructure, from a 'well' described by analogy to hexagram 18 and its associations to correcting 'corruptions' - thus being an example/made an example of is both negative and positive in tone, but to whom is local context decision. The corruption as such is of mind and so the correcting motivates others to extend their minds, to lift themselves, or dampen their minds, not to step out of line.

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    Drat. Realized I didn't capitalize "Contemplation" in the heading and now I don't know how to fix it. Well, is that symbolic or what? I mean, you go through all that Schooling in hex 19., but you don't know what you don't know until you actually get on the road and 20. Start Climbing.

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    20. Mercury (wind) on top of Neptune (earth)

    Something Neptunian is held in the mind in this hexagram. The mind tries to know it and perhaps find words for it. But what is Neptunian is often spacious, subtle and elusive. Think of a dream that you try to remember on awakening, for example, or of the totality of your life when you want to know it as a whole.
    A 'grasping mind' - as Buddhists call it - cannot know it. (I think the Yi refers to grasping or in any case to a too narrow focus in line 2, 'peeping out from a door' in the Legge translation)
    It is essential that the mind is in an open, receptive, relaxed state. Wide, spacious, passively aware of the whole. The hexagram also suggests this if you read it as openness/spaciousness (earth) in the mind (wind).
    Contemplative indeed.

    Astrology associates this combination of planets with intuition, imagination, visualization, visions, an ability to tap into the subconscious mind, creative writing, poetry, sensitivity to higher (subtle) realms and the ability to tap them in dreams.
    On the problematic side absent-mindedness, a tendency to confuse reality and fantasy, vagueness, lack of concentration/focus.
    In such cases Neptune is too strong and the mind becomes disorderly.
    The nuclear hexagram of 20 is 23, perhaps indicating that Neptunian forces (earth) can sometimes weaken the structure (mountain) of the mind or of mind processes. But that is not something that the Yi seems to worry about.
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    Watch Einstein (to the right) in this picture. Hex 20 is like that.

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    20.
    THE JUDGEMENT

    CONTEMPLATION. the ablution has been made,
    But not yet the offering.
    Full of trust they look up to him.

    The sacrificial ritual in China began with an ablution and a libation by which the Diety was invoked, after which the sacrifice was offered. The moment of time between these two ceremonies is the most sacred of all, the moment of deepest inner concentration.
    -Wilhelm

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    A Contemplation Moment.
    I had vowed to give up sugar so when my husband brought me a bag of CHOCOLET TRUFFLES this evening I swore to all that's holy I would only eat just one. OMG! That moment when the sugar is coating every surface of your mouth, slipping down your throat and promising the next bite will taste even better, and you know you will not get that second bite, that if you're going to experience bliss, it has got to be NOW...OMG, that is The Moment.

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    Rosada you need to get to work on a book I know you have in you - The Culinary I Ching' I notice many of your thoughts on the Yi pertain to food and your relationship with it

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    The Culinary I Ching. Oh, I like that, more elegant than I Ching Cookbook. It wouldn't have to be just recipes, some hexagrams would be advice on cooking in general. Like Hex
    6 could say, "To avoid impulse buying, take a list when you go to the grocery store." 20 would warn you to have a full length mirror by the refrige!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosada
    The Culinary I Ching. Oh, I like that, more elegant than I Ching Cookbook. It wouldn't have to be just recipes, some hexagrams would be advice on cooking in general. Like Hex
    6 could say, "To avoid impulse buying, take a list when you go to the grocery store." 20 would warn you to have a full length mirror by the refrige!
    Lol, yes exactly but all joking aside this would definately sell, diet tips per hexagram, nutrition advice, you'd make a fortune. When the books in the the shops I'll be saying 'hmm I knew her when she was on the Clarity forum'.

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