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.


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.


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

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