6. Conflict, Line 1

“If one does not perpetuate the affair . . .”

A Conflict is in its early stages. Drop the issue now, before the Conflict hardens. In the end, good fortune comes.

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In Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman tries to keep two of his clients from killing each other by shouting, “Don’t escalate! Don’t escalate!”

And that’s what the Book of Changes is telling you is telling you now: Drop this Conflict immediately, while you still can. Once you get around these difficulties, a profitable partnership can be formed.

Sometimes, nothing you do or say will end the conflict. In those cases, the Yi has one more piece of advice in Changing Line 5.

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Next: Changing Line 5: “To contend before her . . . “

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

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Compare: Occasionally a line from the Book of Changes will echo a line from the Tao Te Ching so clearly, I feel I have to point it out.

From Tao Te Ching, Chapter 66: “Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her.”

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