I Ching Diary: nourishment and fellowship

I Ching Hexagon 27 nourishment

Garbage in, garbage out! This is the message of Hexagram 27 (頤/yí), which refers to nourishment of both the physical and spiritual kind. Combining the lower trigram for quake or thunder (震/zhèn) with the upper trigram for mountain (山/ shān), it represents nourishment, swallowing, and the corners of the mouth. Indeed, with four broken lines in its center, the hexagram even looks like an open mouth.

Hexagram 27 advises moderation and care in what you consume in both your stomach and your mind. Follow a healthy diet to avoid physical and mental obesity. Stay away from junk food, social media, and fake news at all costs to free up your body and mind for more uplifting activities and thoughts.

The three changing lines I drew further amplify this message. Line 3 counsels you to detach yourself from desire and avoid the lure of self-gratification. Line 4 advises you to avoid the “tiger’s eye” of arrogance and insincerity. To cap things off, line 5 recommends stepping away from the world for a period of quiet contemplation to rejuvenate your body and mind and suggests that you may need to seek the wise counsel of a friend to help you get back on the right track.

I Ching Hexagram 13 Fellowship

Hexagram 13, which resulted from the transformation, extends the theme of friendship. Comprising the lower trigram for fire (火/huǒ) and the upper trigram for heaven (天/tiān), it signifies fellowship (同人/tóngrén) and says that all relationships should be based on common goals and principles grounded in humility, kindness, warmth, trust, and openness. If the people you work and regularly interact with don’t share these values, time to move on and find those who do.

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