I’ve been struggling with sleep and pain. I also experience difficulty breathing from around 5 p.m. in the afternoon and it is very unpleasant. This leads me to feel quite despairing at times, so I asked the I Ching for some insight. After reading the I Ching, I went for a walk in the sunshine with Colleen, one of my caregivers, to try and promote a positive frame of mind.I pray for the strength to maintain a positive attitude and to be patient and strong in Faith so that I may fully recover and begin a new chapter of service. Please pray with me. FYI, here’s the I ching reading:
What do I need to understand about my difficulties about my breathing dispite the “success” of the bi-com treatment?
Wei Chi – Before Completion
above: Li / The Clinging, Flame
below: K’an / The Abysmal, Water
This hexagram indicates a time when the transition from disorder to order is not yet completed. The change is indeed prepared for, since all the lines in the upper trigram are in relation to those in the lower. However, they are not yet in their places. While the preceding hexagram offers an analogy to autumn, which forms the transition from summer to winter, this hexagram presents a parallel to spring, which leads out of winter’s stagnation into the fruitful time of summer. With this hopeful outlook the Yi Jing comes to its close.THE JUDGEMENTBEFORE COMPLETION. Success.
But if the little fox, after nearly completing the crossing,
Gets his tail in the water,
There is nothing that would further.
The conditions are difficult. The task is great and full of responsibility. It is nothing less than that of leading the world out of confusion back to order. But it is a task that promises success, because there is a goal that can unite the forces now tending in different directions. At first, however, one must move warily, like an old fox walking over ice. The caution of a fox walking over ice is proverbial in China. His ears are constantly alert to the cracking of the ice, as he carefully and circumspectly searches out the safest spots. A young fox who as yet has not acquired this caution goes ahead boldly, and it may happen that he falls in and gets his tail wet when he is almost across the water. Then of course his effort has been all in vain. Accordingly, in times “before completion,” deliberation and caution are the prerequisites of success.
Snake RiverTHE IMAGEFire over water:
The image of the condition before transition.
Thus the superior man is careful
In the differentiation of things,
So that each finds its place.
When fire, which by nature flames upward, is above, and water, which flows downward, is below, their effects take opposite directions and remain unrelated. If we wish to achieve an effect, we must first investigate the nature of the forces in question and ascertain their proper place. If we can bring these forces to bear in the right place, they will have the desired effect and completion will be achieved. But in order to handle external forces properly, we must above all arrive at the correct standpoint ourselves, for only from this vantage can we work correctly.
CHANGING LINE:S. I got 2 lines. The 1st and the 5th lines. The 5th is the more powerful of the two and most promising:
Six at the beginning means:
He gets his tail in the water.
In times of disorder there is a temptation to advance oneself as rapidly as possible in order to accomplish something tangible. But this enthusiasm leads only to failure and humiliation if the time for achievement has not yet arrived. In such time it is wise to spare ourselves the opprobrium of failure by holding back.
Nine in the fifth place
Hexagram Sixty-Four/Line FiveSix in the fifth place means:
Perseverance brings good fortune.
The light of the superior man is true.
Good fortune.The victory has been won. The power of steadfastness has not been routed. Everything hass gone well. All misgivings have just been overcome. Success hasjustified the deed. The light of a superior personality shines forth anew and makes its influence felt among men who have faith in it and rally aroud it. The new time has arrrived, and with it good fortune. And just as the sun shines forth in redoubled beauty after rain, or as a forest grows morre freshly green from charred ruins after a fire, so the new era appears all the more glorious by contrast with the misery of the old.
Lü – Treading (Conduct)
above: Ch’ien / The Creative, Heaven
below: Tui / The Joyous, Lake
The name of the hexagram means on the one hand the right way of conducting oneself. Heaven, the father, is above, and the lake, the youngest daughter, is below. This shows the difference between high and low, upon which composure, correct social conduct, depends. On the other hand, the word for the name of the hexagram, TREADING,1 means literally treading upon something. The small and cheerful [Tui] treads on the large and strong [Ch’ien]. The direction of movement of the two primary trigrams is upward. The fact that the strong treads on the weak is not mentioned in the Yi Jing, because it is taken for granted. For the weak to take a stand against the strong is not dangerous here, because it happened in good humor [Tui] and without presumption, so that the strong man is not irritated but takes it all in good part.THE JUDGEMENT
TREADING. Treading upon the tail of the tiger.
It does not bite the man. Success.
The situation is really difficult. That which is strongest and that which is weakest are close together. The weak follows behind the strong and worries it. The strong, however, acquiesces and does not hurt the weak, because the contact is in good humor and harmless.
In terms of a human situation, one is handling wild, intractable people. In such a case one’s purpose will be achieved if one behaves with decorum. Pleasant manners succeed even with irritable people.THE IMAGEHeaven above, the lake below:
The image of TREADING.
Thus the superior man discriminates between high and low,
And thereby fortifies the thinking of the people.
Heaven and the lake show a difference of elevation that inheres in the natures of the two, hence no envy arises. Among mankind also there are necessarily differences of elevation; it is impossible to bring about universal equality. But it is important that differences in social rank should not be arbitrary and unjust, for if this occurs, envy and class struggle are the inevitable consequences. If, on the other hand, external differences in rank correspond with differences in inner worth, and if inner worth forms the criterion of external rank, people acquiesce and order reigns in society.