42. Increase, Line 4

“If you walk in the middle . . . the prince will follow.”

Maintain a balanced way of life, and others will be guided by your example, even those above you.

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Are you a “Do it my way . . . or hit the highway” type of person? Or a perfectionist who’s never happy with anything that’s not “the best?”

The Book of Changes says: That sort of thinking will not lead to an Increase. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle will help you make more progress. It might even convince others to mellow out and move forward.

Don’t be a drama llama.

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Next: Line 5. “If in truth you have a kind heart, ask not.”

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

42. Increase, Line 3

“One is enriched through unfortunate events.”

You have made a mistake, or encountered a painful setback. If you learn the right lesson from this experience, you will actually be Increased.

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There’s another possibility here: You may come into a large and unexpected inheritance. It’s an “unfortunate event” that the person died, but you are enriched, nonetheless. Or you may win a large settlement in an automobile accident. The accident was “unfortunate,” but you are enriched because of it.

The Book of Changes says: Your Increase may have nothing to do with money. If you learn your lesson, that will be Increase enough.

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Next: Line 4. “If you walk in the middle . . . the prince will follow.”

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

42. Increase, Line 1

“It furthers one to accomplish great deeds.”

This is a time of Increase for you, personally. Use this fortunate time to aid others, as well as yourself.

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Let’s say this Increase comes to you in the form of money. What will you spend it on?

The Book of Changes says: You can do a lot of good with your money. Maybe giving some to a family member will help them through a rough time. Or maybe the local domestic violence shelter is in need of a new electronic lock for their front gate.

There is need everywhere you look. The Yi has four more changing lines with advice on how you should deal with this Increase.

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Next: Line 3. “One is enriched through unfortunate events.

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

42. Increase

“Increase. It furthers one to undertake something.”

The only way to get the Increase you seek is to work toward it. You will be aided, if you aid others.

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Hope you are ready for some changes — today’s main message, Increase, comes with five changing lines! That’s a lot of change coming your way.

The Book of Changes says: Good things will happen, some kind of Increase — if you work at it. And this undertaking needs to help others, also, not just you.

If you fulfill both these requirements, the Universe will come to your aid.

How will that happen? The Yi sent us five —5!— changing lines to explain.

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Next: Changing Line 1. “It furthers one to accomplish great deeds.”

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

60. Limitation

Limitation. Success.

Limiting your expenditures of time and money is the key to sustaining your success. Self-discipline and focus will be required.

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Oh no! Self-discipline and focus! I’ll bet that’s not what you wanted your “fortune” to be today.

The Book of Changes says: You are on the right track, but you’re going to have Limit the amount of time and attention you give to matters that are not in line with what you want to accomplish in life.

Limitation was the Future of Difficulty at the Beginning (see previous).

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How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

3. Difficulty at the Beginning, Line 2

“He is not a robber . . . he wants to woo. The maiden is chaste . . . ten years.”

In times of difficulty — like the one you are in now — any offer of help may seem like the answer. Beware. The help that presents itself now is not right for you. You must wait.

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This line is warning you not to get yourself into a situation you’ll have trouble getting out of. The image this line paints is of a young woman who receives a marriage proposal from a well-meaning young man.

The Book of Changes says: Stay out of relationships that offer an immediate solution to a current problem, but require a long-term commitment.

This guy is not Mr. Right — He’s Mr. Right Now. You’ll be better off toughing it out, on your own.

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Next: Future. Limitation. “Limiting your expenditures of time and money is the key to sustaining your success.”

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

3. Difficulty at the Beginning

“Difficulty at the Beginning brings supreme success.”

The storm you are in will clear. Do not hide. Do not turn back. A new sense of order is about to emerge.

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What storm is giving you trouble right now? It could be at work, at home — maybe a problem co-worker, or an adolescent stretching all boundaries.

The Book of Changes says: Hang in there. Riding out this Difficulty at the Beginning will eventually bring you supreme success.

The Yi sent one changing line, Line 2, with advice for a specific situation.

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Next: Line 2. “The maiden is chaste 10 years.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

59. Dispersion

“The wind drives over the water . . . “

A change will come, breaking up the fog separating you from others. Strive for flexibility, acceptance, and balance.

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Dispersion is the future of Conflict, which was our last Main Message. The best way to deal with this Conflict is to let go of it.

The Book of Changes says: You have a relatively minor Conflict with someone that is distancing you from the relationship you’d like to have. Let go of it — Disperse it.

Example: At work, you are convinced you have a new way of doing things that would be far more efficient. Your supervisor disagrees. It seems the more you to try to explain to him, the more resistant he gets. The Yi says, “Let go of it.” This Dispersion will clear the fog effecting everyone around you.

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Next: A new reading.

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

6. Conflict, Line 4

“One turns back and submits to fate.”

You have stepped off your path to push for a specific goal. Unfortunately, it won’t work. Focus on the path, the journey you were meant for, and keep moving forward.

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A Conflict is at work in your life: You know what you need to do, and you’re doing it, but . . . another interest is calling you. Maybe it’s in a relationship, maybe it’s at work.

Whatever it is, the Book of Changes says: Heads-up from the Universe: This new, alluring direction would never work out. Turn back and continue on your own path.

Example: You’ve got a friend who’s constantly trying to get you into cryptocurrency. The Yi is telling you: Don’t go there; it’s not for you. And don’t quit your day job.

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Next: Future. “A change will come . . . “

How the Book of Changes Works

“The way in which the Book of Changes works can best be compared to an electrical circuit reaching into all situations. The circuit only affords the potentiality of lighting; it does not give light. But when contact with a definite situation is established in the questioner, the ‘current’ is activated, and the given situation is illumined.”

Richard Wilhelm

6. Conflict

“You are sincere and are being obstructed.”

You have a Conflict with someone. You are in the right, but that won’t help. Back away from this fight.

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The important part of this message: You are in the right. But that won’t help you “win” this Conflict.

The Book of Changes says: A long-simmering Conflict is wasting your psychological energy. Give it up. Take what comfort you can in the fact that you were right.

Example: You have a long-standing disagreement with your supervisor over procedure. You have a way of changing the way things work; a procedure to prevent most of the snarls that keep coming up. He won’t consider it.

Congratulations. You are right. Doing things your way is better. But this guy is not going to change his mind.

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Next: Changing Line 4. “One turns back and submits to fate.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for your Mind.