44. Temptation

“The inferior thing seems harmless and inviting.”

Something is Tempting you. Beware. It is more dangerous than you can foresee.

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What is Tempting you? Will it really hurt anything if you . . . skip exercise for today? Eat a cinnamon roll for breakfast? Check out that porn site your buddy was telling you about?

The Book of Changes is telling you: Stop right now.

Giving in to this Temptation will have serious consequences down the road. Don’t say the Yi didn’t warn you.

We have just one changing line with Temptation, with a slightly different warning.

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Tomorrow: Line 4. “No fish in the tank.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

38. Opposition

“Thus, amid all associations, the superior woman retains her individuality.”

The Opposition you face may come from another person, or it may be two Opposing parts of your self. Either way, you can get past this Opposition without changing who you are.

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This Opposition is the future of Inexperience / Youthful Folly.

The Book of Changes says: Relying on black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking is the classic Youthful Folly. Things are rarely as clear-cut as they seem at first glance.

Retain your true self in the midst of group pressure. It will all work out.

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Tomorrow: A new message.

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

4. Inexperience / Youthful Folly, Line 4

“Entangled folly.”

Don’t buy in to the schemes or fantasies of others. And examine your own beliefs, to be sure you are not clinging to a fantasy of your own.

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You are warned not to involve yourself in the dramas of others.

The Book of Changes says: Now is not the time to get into cryptocurrency. Or any other scheme being urged on you by friends or family.

And don’t perpetuate any of your own fantasies, like “He’ll come around and we’ll be back together soon.” or “This job really does have opportunities for advancement.”

You need to face reality and disentangle yourself from situations that primarily benefit others. Our Future reading indicates that Opposition lies ahead.

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Tomorrow: 38. Opposition

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

4. Inexperience/Youthful Folly, Line 1

“Restraints should be removed.”

You must combine a disciplined approach to the problem with the freedom to find an answer. Allow yourself to think — and actcreatively.

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Because you have little experience in the situation that confronts you, you don’t really know what is going to work to resolve it in your favor.

The Book of Changes says: This situation is not that serious. The world will not come to an end if you say or do the “wrong” thing.

Try a new approach, and if that doesn’t work, try another. Have some fun with it.

The Yi has one more changing line of advice for us, Line 4.

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Tomorrow: Line 4. “Entangled Folly”

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

4. Youthful Folly

“At the first oracle I inform her . . . “

You wish to enter a situation that is completely new to you. Admit your lack of knowledge and experience. Find a teacher and follow her advice.

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Many interpretations of the I Ching call this one Inexperience. “Folly” means to us something ridiculous or absurd, but taken as a whole, that’s not what the Yi is talking about here.

The Book of Changes says: What new situation do you want to enter? Don’t just jump in. You will need a teacher or a guide to be successful.

The Yi sent two changing lines, Lines 1 and 4.

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Tomorrow: Line 1. “Restraints should be removed.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

11. Peace

“The small departs, the great approaches.”

Peace is possible. Relationships may not change, but your attitude toward them will. Disagreements will “depart” as you realize their relative insignificance. You will be free to focus on the larger benefits of the association.

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What relationship do you have that is constantly in conflict? Spouse, mother, sister, co-worker, boss, BFF . . . whatever it is, it’s a conflict you can’t solve by simply walking away. These people are too important to you.

The Book of Changes says: You don’t always have to “win” every disagreement. Peace will come when you view this relationship as a whole, with many benefits to you, as well as the irritations.

Peace will come when you don’t sweat the small stuff. And remember — it’s ALL small stuff.

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Tomorrow: A new reading for April 4, 2022.

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

24. Turning Back, Line 3

“Repeated Turning Back. Danger.”

You are constantly changing your mind and going back to your old ways. Decide where you want to go in life — and a path that will get you there — then stick with it.

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Turning Back too often can be dangerous. It may leave you stuck in old habits, when you want and need to move forward.

What are you Turning Back to? Do you fall off your diet every other day? Skip your exercise because it’s raining? Or potentially most damaging: Going back to a toxic partner?

Domestic violence statistics say an abused woman returns to her abuser an average of 7 times. If this advice strikes a chord with you, please, as the former head of a DV shelter, I implore you — make plans, quietly and quickly — to leave as soon as possible. And stay gone.

Repeated Turning Back is indeed dangerous.

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Tomorrow: Future. 11. Peace.

24. Return, The Turning Point, Line 2

“Quiet return. Good fortune.”

Return always requires a conscious act of self-correction. Do not let your pride prevent you from getting back on track. Admit your mistake, do what you need to do, then let it go.

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Alfred Huang calls this hexagram Turning Back. It’s a Turning Point, yes, but it’s always a Turning Back.

You have separated yourself from others, which you now realize was a mistake. Maybe it’s family or a circle of friends, or you quit your job in a huff.

The Book of Changes says: You will have good fortune if you Turn Back and rejoin your group quietly.

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Tomorrow: Line 3. “Repeated Turning Back. Danger.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

24. Turning Point

“The time of darkness is past.”

You have reached a Turning Point, although you may not realize it yet. Rest assured, the worst is over.

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I hope this is a universal message about Covid. The world is ready for the Turning Point.

What darkness have you been suffering from? A bad relationship? A miserable job? Take receiving this message as notice that in some important area of your life, this is a Turning Point. The worst is over.

But . . . the Book of Changes sent two changing lines, Lines 2 and 3, to guide us through this Turning Point and into the Future.

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Tomorrow: Line 2. “Quiet return. Good fortune.”

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

38. Opposition

“Thus amid all fellowship the superior woman retains her individuality.”

The Opposition you face may come from another person, or it may be two Opposing parts of yourself. Either way, only small steps will overcome it.

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Where is your Opposition coming from?

The Book of Changes says: Just because you are part of a family, a circle of friends, an athletic team — or any type of group — doesn’t mean you have to think like the others about everything.

Or maybe your biggest Opposition is coming from inside you: I’ve got to get a divorce! I can’t get a divorce! I’ve got to quit this job! I can’t quit this job!

In either situation, you are not going to crush the Opposition in one big confrontation. You need to make small, gradual steps.

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Tomorrow: A new reading for March 30, 2022.

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