Hexagram 43, Deciding |
What do you stand for?
How do you define yourself?
What belongs in your realm, and where do you need to make a clean break?
‘Deciding, tell it in the king’s chambers.
With truth, call out, there is danger.
Notify your own city.
Fruitless to take up arms;
Fruitful to have a direction to go.’
The old Chinese character for ‘Deciding’ shows a hand holding up a token – asserting your identity and right to be heard, even in the king’s chambers. This is where decision begins, at the very centre of power. That centre might be inside your own mind, and yet still not feel safe. Declaring the truth loud and clear is dangerous; it stirs up old ghosts, inner and outer. Yet better this than ignoring and neglecting them.
As the message of the decision spreads out from the centre, it is fruitless to take up arms: this is a time to communicate, not fight. It will serve you better to focus with clear intention on what you’re moving towards, rather than what you’re reacting against.
There you have it. That reading is spot on, yes?!!!!
All who are having suffering over this contemplate this reading in honesty to yourself.
What's interesting is this I Ching reading is fixed - no moving lines. If you know I Ching you know what that means. It means there isn't another hexagram that this state goes to. Kind of rare. Usually you get 1-3 moving lines and a resolution hexagram or the next state of affairs that the current state morphs to.