Obstruction / Chien

Hexagram: 39 Binary Sequence: 20 (010100)

  • Upper trigram: 2 (2) K'AN / The Abysmal / Water

  • Lower trigram: 3 (4) KeN / Keeping Still / Mountain

Tholonic trigrams:

Upper

  • (2) WATER / WATER is the symbol of yang energy penetrating the yin at its core. ( movement, nouirishment)

Explanation

  • WATER represents the movement from dark to light, yin to yang, lifelessness to life. It is cardinal, spring equinox, ascending, the perfect balance of lessening yin and increasing yang. Instance of this are electricity, nourishment, cleansing, rivers.

    The quadrant of WATER exists between the dynamic properties of FILLING and COLLECTING and represents the balance between the yin and yang. that is achieved when yang penetrates the yin at is center. The oceans and lakes have filled and are stagnant until the rivers form which serves to collect the water to return it to its cycles.. It is the most inward moving of all the states.

    The trigram shows the symbol of yang energy penetrating the yin at its core.

  • Negotiation: Water cedes to whatever holds it.
  • Definition: The movement of water is what gives it it power.
  • Contribution: it is the yielding quality of water that is its contributions. If always follows the path of least resistance, is used by every form of life and Nature itself, and is then returned, essentially unchanged. It takes nothing, and gives everything.

Lower

  • (4) Emptying / EMPTYING represents the dissipation and movement of energy via matter. It is the source of order out of chaos. EMPTYING is one of the three trigrams that is an ORIGINATING SOURCE. ( music, creation of the elements, heat)

Explanation

  • Emptying represents the dissipation and movement of energy via matter. It is the source of order out of chaos. It is the final outward deflation that returns to the initial chaos from which everything is born. Instances of this are music, creation of the elements, death.

    The trigram shows the yin energy overtaking the center, making this trigram yin in nature. EMPTYING is one of the three trigrams that is an ORIGINATING SOURCE.

    The quadrant of FIRE and EARTH is one of final descension, or external yin, where the energy of FIRE quickly dies. This is external because it is FIRE transitioning to EARTH, and descending because the energy of creation is waning, but in the process matter is restructured (or born). This is the process that transforms energy to mass (m=E/c^2^).

  • Negotiation: In the dynamic between FIRE and EARTH, FIRE is always dependent on EARTH.
  • Definition: FIRE can only find expression in EARTH, just like energy can only be experienced via matter. Therefore, the limitations on the expression of FIRE are determined by the yin quality of EARTH.
  • Contribution: The restructuring of EARTH by FIRE is what brings everything into existence.

The Judgment: OBSTRUCTION.
The southwest furthers.
The northeast does not further.
It furthers one to see the great man.
Perseverance brings good fortune.

An Explanation of the Judgment The southwest is the region of retreat, the northeast that of advance. Here An individual is confronted by obstacles that cannot be overcome directly. In Such a situation it is wise to pause in view of the danger and to retreat.However, this is merely a preparation for overcoming the obstructions. One Must join forces with friends of like mind and put himself under the leadership of a man equal to the situation: then one will succeed in removing the obstacles. This requires the will to persevere just when one apparently must do something that leads away from his goal. This unswerving inner purpose brings good fortune in the end. An obstruction that lasts only for a time is useful for self-development. This is the value of adversity.

The 'IMAGE' of the hexagram Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to himself And molds his character.

An Explanation of the 'IMAGE' Difficulties and obstructions throw a man back upon himself. While the inferior man seeks to put the blame on other persons, bewailing his fate, the superior man seeks the error within himself, and through this introspection the external obstacle becomes for him an occasion for inner enrichment and education.

Tholonic Explanation


The Six Lines


Six at the beginning means:

Going leads to obstructions,
Coming meets with praise.

Commentary on the line When one encounters an obstruction, the important thing is to reflect on how best to deal with it. When threatened with danger, one should not strive blindly to go ahead, for this only leads to complications. The correct thing is, on the contrary, to retreat for the time being, not in order to give up the struggle but to await the right moment for action.

Six in the second place means:

The King's servant is beset by obstruction upon obstruction,
But it is not his own fault.

Commentary on the line Ordinarily it is best to go around an obstacle and try to overcome it along the line of least resistance. But there is one instance in which a man must go out to meet the trouble, even though difficulty piles upon difficulty: this is when the path of duty leads directly to it-in other words, when he cannot act on his own volition but is duty bound to go and seek out danger in the service of a higher cause. Then he may do it without compunction, because it is not through any fault of his that he is putting himself in this difficult situation.

Nine in the third place means:

Going leads to obstructions.
Hence he comes back.

Commentary on the line While the preceding line shows the official compelled by duty to follow the way of danger, this line shows the man who must act as father of a family oras head of his kin. If he were to plunge recklessly into danger, it would be a useless act, because those entrusted to his care cannot get along by themselves. But if he withdraws and turns back to his own, they welcome him with great joy.

Six in the fourth place means:

Going leads to obstructions.
Coming leads to union.

Commentary on the line This too describes a situation that cannot be managed single-handed. In such a case the direct way is not the shortest. If a person were to forge ahead on his own strength and without the necessary preparations, he would not find the support he needs and would realize too late that he has been mistaken in his calculations, inasmuch as the conditions on which he hoped he could rely would prove to be inadequate. In this case it is better, therefore, to hold back forthe time being and to gather together trustworthy companions who can be counted upon for help in overcoming the obstructions.

Nine in the fifth place means:

In the midst of the greatest obstructions,
Friends come.

Commentary on the line Here we see a man who is called to help in an emergency. He should not seekto evade the obstructions, no matter how dangerously they pile up before him.But because he is really called to the task, the power of his spirit is strong enough to attract helpers whom he can effectively organize, so that through the well-directed co-operation of all participants the obstruction is overcome.

Six at the top means:

Going leads to obstructions,
Coming leads to great good fortune.
It furthers one to see the great man.

Commentary on the line This refers to a man who has already left the world and its tumult behind him. When the time of obstructions arrives, it might seem that the simplest thing for him to do would be to turn his back upon the world and take refuge in the beyond. But this road is barred to him. He must not seek his own salvation and abandon the world to its adversity. Duty calls him back once more into the turmoil of life. Precisely because of his experience and inner freedom, he is able to create something both great and complete that brings good fortune. And it is favorable to see the great man in alliance with whom one can achieve the work of rescue.

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