I Ching 59 Hexagram huàn (Dispersing)
I Ching 59 Hexagram huàn (Dispersing)
Disintegration. Experimentation. Altruism.
Short Interpretation of Hexagram 59 – Dissolution
Dissolve what divides. Disperse those energies that do not serve you and weigh you down. It is a time when obstacles enjoy putting themselves in front of you. Don’t get angry, don’t get nervous. Look inside yourself first.
I Ching – General Description
The wind from above sweeps the water, disperses it and dissipates it in foam and steam. In this also lies the idea that the vital energy, when in man stagnates (what is hinted at as a danger by the quality of the lower sign), is again dissipated and dissolved by means of meekness.
I Ching – Comment on sentence
Dissolution: successful. The king approaches his temple. It is propitious to cross the great water. Auspicious is perseverance.
The sign has in its text resemblance to the Tsui sign, the Collection, N ° 45. There it is a question of collecting what is separated, as water collects in lakes on earth. Here it is a question of dissipating and dissolving the selfishness that divides. The sign the Dissolution shows, so to speak, the way that leads to the harvest. This explains the similarity of the text. To overcome the selfishness that divides men, religious forces are needed. The common celebration of the great sacrificial solemnities and divine functions, which at the same time made manifest the link between family and state and their social subdivisions, was the means that the great sovereigns used to lead hearts to the awareness of the common origin of all beings by means of sacred music and the pomp of ceremonies, thus overcoming divisions and dissipating stiffness. A second means is given by cooperation in great common enterprises, which point to a great goal to the will and dissipate, tending towards this goal, all that divides; as in a ship that is crossing a great river all the sailors must join in common work. However, only he who, himself free from any hidden selfish thought, remains in justice and constancy is capable of carrying out such a dissolution of the hardness of egoism.
I Ching – Image
The wind sweeps over the water: The image of dissolution. Thus the ancient kings sacrificed to the lord and built temples.
Water in the fall and winter begins to stiffen and freeze to ice. When the mild auras of spring come the stiffness dissipates again, and what was scattered in sheets of ice comes together again. This also happens with the soul of the people. Hardness and selfishness make the heart stiffen, and in this stiffening it detaches itself from everything. Selfishness and greed isolate men. For this, a pious emotion must take possession of the human heart. It must dissolve in sacred shivers of eternity, which move him by making him understand the common creator of all beings, uniting all hearts by the power of the feelings of community aroused by the sacred solemnities of adoration of the divine.
I Ching – Series
Joy is followed by dispersion. This is why the sign follows: Dissolution. Dissolution means to disseminate.
I Ching – Single Lines
Analytical description of each individual line
I Ching – First line:
Six at the beginning means:
He works help with the power of a horse.
I Ching – Second line:
Nine in the second place means:
During the dissolution he runs towards his support. Repentance vanishes.
When the signs of alienation from others, misanthropy and bad mood are discovered in oneself, then it is a question of dissolving this stagnation. It is necessary to set in motion internally, to hurry towards one’s support. Such support for man is never in hatred, but always in judging others with moderation and justice, accompanied by benevolence. If you regain this frank vision of humanity, dispelling all gall and all black humor, any cause for repentance disappears.
I Ching – Third line:
Six in the third place means:
He dissolves his self. No repentance.
In some cases the work can become so difficult that you can no longer think about yourself. It is necessary to completely put aside one’s own person, to disperse all that the ego would like to gather around itself to segregate itself. Only on the basis of a great renunciation can one acquire the strength to do great things. By having one’s goal outside oneself in a great thing, it is possible to conquer this attitude.
I Ching – Fourth line:
Six in the fourth place means:
He dissolves from his host. Sublime health! Accumulation follows through dissolution. This is one thing that ordinary people don’t think about.
In working on a task that embraces wholeness, one must leave aside any particular friendship. Only by being above the parties can decisive things be produced. Whoever dares to renounce the near things will conquer the distant ones. But one must possess a very broad view on the connections of life, such as only extraordinary men obtain, in order to understand this attitude.
I Ching – Fifth line:
Nine in the fifth place means:
Dissolving like sweat are its shrill calls. Dissolution! A king abides without blemish.
In times of general separation and dissolution a great idea is the organizing center of rehabilitation. As a disease finds its crisis in the sweat that dissolves it, so in times of general stagnation a great and suggestive idea is a true liberation. Men have a reality around which they can congregate, a dominant man who is able to dispel misunderstandings.
I Ching – Sixth line:
Nine above means:
He dissolves his blood. Leaving, keeping away, going out, is spotless.
Dissolving blood means dissolving what could cause blood and wounds, avoiding danger. Here, however, the idea is not expressed that someone avoids difficulties only for himself, but that he saves his own, helps them to get away even before the danger has arisen, to keep away from an already present danger, and to find the way out of a danger that has already grasped them. In this way one acts right.
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