I Ching 47 Hexagram kùn (Confining)
I Ching 47 Hexagram kùn (Confining)
Exhausted. Emptied. Discouraged.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 47 – The Nagging
You have run out of resources and are discouraged. Removals and professional crises. The solution is over time. You have to remain calm and trust in time because this period is more precious than you can imagine.
I Ching – General Description
Above is the lake, below the water. The lake is empty and exhausted. The idea of exhaustion results in yet another way: at the top a dark line holding two light ones down; down a light line is wedged between two dark ones. The upper sign belongs to the dark principle while the lower one belongs to the light one. Thus the nobles are everywhere oppressed and held back by the ignoble.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
The nagging. Successful. Perseverance. The great man works health. No stains. If you have one thing to say you are not believed.
Times of misery are the opposite of success. But they can lead to success if the right man is met. When a strong man is harassed he remains calm despite the danger, and this serenity is the basis for further success. It is constancy that is stronger than destiny. Whoever allows himself to be internally broken by exhaustion, he in fact does not get success. But whoever remains only bent by need, in him it produces a force to react which in time certainly comes to light. But no ignoble person is capable of doing this. Only the great man works health and remains without blemish. It is true that at first he is denied an external influence, since his words have no effect. Therefore in times of need it is appropriate to be strong inside and few words outwardly.
I Ching – Image
There is no water in the lake: the image of exhaustion. So the noble is giving away his life To follow his will.
When the water has drained down from the lake, the lake must dry out and run out. This is a destiny. This is the image of adverse fate in human life. In such times, one can do nothing but accept one’s destiny while remaining true to oneself. However, it is a question here of the deepest layer of true essence; as that alone is superior to any external destiny.
I Ching – Series
If you ascend without stopping you will certainly end up in trouble. For this he follows the sign: The Confining.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means:
He sits haunted under a bare tree And ends up in a dark valley. For three years nothing is seen.
When the need arises, it is first of all important to be strong and to overcome poverty inwardly. Instead of proceeding, one remains seated under a bare tree and ends up more and more in darkness and melancholy. With this the situation only becomes more and more desperate. This behavior is the consequence of an inner blindness that must absolutely be overcome.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
One is pestered while having wine and food. Here comes the man with the scarlet garters. It is auspicious to offer sacrifices. Starting out is unfortunate. No stains.
Here the preoccupation in which one finds oneself is internal. Outwardly everything is fine; you have to eat and drink. But he has exhausted himself from the usual pettiness of life, and there is no way out. But help comes from above. A prince – in ancient China, princes wore scarlet garters – is looking for capable helpers. But there are still obstacles to overcome. Therefore it is important to address these obstacles in the invisible through sacrifices and prayers. To set out unprepared would lead to misfortune, although this would not be morally badly done. Here you have to overcome an adverse situation through inner patience.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
We let ourselves be pestered by stones And we lean on thorns and thistles. You enter the house and do not see your wife. Woe!
Here appears a man who is restless and indecisive in times of need. First he wants to move forward. Then he runs into obstacles which really represent a nuisance only if they are carelessly faced. You want to put your head in the wall and as a result you feel haunted by the wall. Then you lean on things that cannot give support by themselves and that are only risky for those who lean on them. Now he Nine in the fourth place means: He is still quiet, haunted in a golden carriage. Shameful, but manages to accomplish.undecided by retiring into the house, but only to discover, with new disappointment, that his wife is not there. Kung Tse says: ″ If someone lets himself be pestered by something that shouldn’t pester him, his name will certainly end in shame. If he leans on things he cannot lean on, his life will certainly be in danger. The hour of death approaches him who is in shame and danger; how then could he still see his wife? ”
I Ching – Fourth line:
Nine in the fourth place means:
He is still quiet, haunted in a golden carriage. Shameful, but manages to accomplish.
A wealthy man sees the need of his inferiors and would also like to help. However, he does not quickly and energetically seize the opportunity to do it where there is need, but begins hesitantly and measured. Then he runs into obstacles. Powerful and rich people of his acquaintance draw him into his orbit. He must accompany himself to them and cannot escape them. He is therefore very embarrassed. But the need is fleeting. The original strength of character compensates for the error and the goal is reached.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Nine in the fifth place means:
His nose and feet are cut off. One is haunted by the one with the purple garters. Quiet quiet joy comes. It is propitious to bring sacrifices and offerings.
Someone who cares about the good of men and here haunted from above and below (this is the sense of the nose and the feet cut off). There is no help from those who would have the duty to contribute to the rescue work (the Ministers wore purple garters). Until that moment it is opportune to present oneself in strong interior recollection before God, and to pray and sacrifice for the good of all.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Six above means:
He is haunted by twigs. He moves unsure and says: ″ Movement creates repentance. ″ Repenting of this and starting one has health.
One is beset by bonds that are easily torn apart. The torment is nearing its end. But we are still undecided. One is still influenced by the previous state thinking that one will have to repent if one moves. But as soon as you get to understand the situation, as soon as you abandon this inner attitude, making a strong decision, you can tame the worry.