The Chinese Book Of Changes
Maybe I was destined to eat and live IN TIME due to my keen interest in the I Ching: The Chinese Book of Changes.
My favorite version is the Wilhelm/Baynes translation.
My classes and workshops were generally titled — The I Ching: The Rhythm Method of Earth Control.
The I Ching’s hexagrams are formed by 64 possible combinations of 8 trigrams.
Each constituent trigram is composed of 3 lines.
The center line of a trigram is often the most favorable placement — it’s the position of MAN.
The top line of a trigram is the position of HEAVEN.
The bottom line is the position of EARTH.
Considering one trigram on top of the other to form a hexagram (counting from the bottom line), the most favorable positions in a hexagram are the second and fifth lines.
The second line is the center of the bottom trigram, and the fifth line is the center of the upper trigram.
The central position is vitally important to Chinese philosophy — it represents the point of BALANCE.
It’s the Doctrine of the Mean, the Middle Way between Extremes — the avoidance of one-sidedness.
Things shouldn’t be understood too quickly.
A hexagram is a combination of 2 trinities — the first, second, and third lines, plus the fourth, fifth, and sixth lines.
The second and fifth lines are the position of MAN or consciousness — the placements for freedom and movement, where human will power is operational.
The first and fourth lines represent EARTH or the subconscious, while the third and sixth lines represent HEAVEN or the superconscious.
The Doctrine of the Mean can be expressed in other trinities besides …
Ponder also …
Further examples of such trinities include …
Ancient Egypt’s Osiris—HORUS—Isis
Christianity’s Father—Son—Holy Ghost
Hermetic Qabalah’s neschamah—RUACH—nephesch
I Ching’s sages—RULING CLASS—masses
The opposites — Yin and Yang — always interact with one another forming a third or new thing.
What is created is always the conscious or NOW event.
The Doctrine of the Mean is why Hexagram 32, Duration, is given prominence in the I Ching.
It’s the midpoint in the sequential order of the 64 hexagrams.
Hexagram 32 represents an enduring marriage – the UNION of the opposites.