39. Obstruction, Line 3

“Going leads to Obstruction; hence she comes back.”

Going forward too fast and too hard will lead you smack into an Obstruction. Retreat to a comfortable and safe spot until circumstances improve.


The main message told us the Obstruction is probably an error in your own thinking. Changing line 3 warns that the Obstruction is big and hard, and attacking it head on won’t work.

What big error in your own thinking is Obstructing you? Finish this sentence: “Oh, I could never . . . ”

The Book of Changes says: Yes, you can . . . but not just yet. Bide your time.

The Yi has one more piece of advice for us, Line 5.


Next: Line 5. “In the midst of the greatest obstructions, friends 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

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