Kūn, the Field
The great image says: The basic disposition
of earth is female.
Kūn: the ideogram and the story. What does it mean for your question?
This hexagram is complementary to hex.1.
Benefit of 6 (all lines changing): Fruitful: everlasting determination.
Dao is the field that supports and brings to life everything, all beings. Dao has no action at all of its own, and that frees the way for creation and energy. When everything is receptivity, nothing stands between man and universe or man and god. If man can merge with a thought, an action, an ideal, then nothing can stop him.
(Changes to hex. 1)
Top 6: Dragons struggle in
the wild. Their blood is black and yellow.
Not accepting fate means one brings about a life full of difficulties. One does not only fight what happens, but more than anything else one fights one's own soul. Make clear choices: do - with joy, or choose not to do - with joy.
(Changes to hex. 23) Mirror
6 at 5: Yellow skirt. Eminent auspiciousness.
No need to show who you are, it shows in what you do. The heart shines through the outward appearance and actions. Who is strong does not need to raise his voice, a good ruler does not need to display his authority.
(Changes to hex. 8) Mirror
4: Enclosed in a bag. Without fault, without praise.
Don't judge or choose about good and evil. It narrows the mind and makes it unfit to follow the time. Earth does not choose, it gives every being room for its own Dao.
Stop pondering and life comes back in all its splendor: because you keep silent. It is like watching wild animals, they come only if you are not-present, but part of the forest. And pondering is anyway superfluous if not you but 'it' is already in the bag.
(Changes to hex. 16) Mirror
6 at 3: Harboring qualities
permits determination. If one follows king's affairs,
without achieving, he completes.
One's inner pattern decides what one accomplishes. Honor is of no use, dedication does the job. Act as if it is for a king, not for a goal: the value is in the doing.
(Changes to hex. 15) Mirror
6 at 2: Straight, square,
great. Without skills there is nothing that does not bear fruit.
Without doing, nothing not done. One accomplishes what one is or lives, not what one does. Greatness accomplishes great things.
(Changes to hex. 7) Mirror
6: Treading on hoarfrost, hard ice is arriving.
Every thing and every time has its Dao. The earlier one sees the signs of this Dao, the better one can act according to it. One’s degree of sight and insight decides about the direction one’s life might take. One's ability to act timely decides if it actually will.
(Changes to hex. 24) Mirror
Richard Wilhelm's interpretation
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