34. Great Power, Line 4

“The hedge opens — no entanglement.”

Quiet and steady effort clears the way for you to advance.

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Are you asking yourself, “What the hell does a hedge have to do with anything?”

Well, in the Book of Changes, sometimes the six Changing Lines tell a story. In Great Power, the story begins in Line 3: A goat butts against a hedge and gets its horns entangled.

We received Lines 4, 5, and 6. Line 4 — “The hedge opens — no entanglements.” — says that at present, your way through a thorny situation is open and clear. Continue the quiet and steady effort that got you this far.

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Tomorrow: Line 5. Loses the goat with ease.

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

34. Great Power

“Energy in harmony with the movement of heaven.”

A time of Great Power has arrived. Your inner strength and outward actions will combine to make significant achievement possible.

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Our new main message is Great Power. Receiving it signals a time when you can move forward and be confident you can create great things.

Why is this possible now? Because what you are trying to achieve is in alignment with the greater good. The Universe wants you to do this, whatever it is.

What are you going to use this Great Power to accomplish?

The Book of Changes sent three changing lines, Lines 4, 5 and 6, with this hexagram to guide us.

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Tomorrow: Line 4: “The hedge opens.”

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40. Deliverance

“Thunder and rain set in: the image of Deliverance.”

A major change in your approach to your most pressing problem will clear the air and allow a fresh start. Forgive others — and yourself.

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Deliverance is the future of Exhaustion.

The Book of Changes says: Don’t wait for rescue to come to you. You have the power to liberate yourself by changing the way you think about the problem.

Often, this is something you think you have to do, but you really don’t. Perhaps you think you have to “make Mom happy,” when you know that can’t be done. Or you think you have to “save” your marriage, when you know in your heart your spouse has already checked out and is moving on.

Your Deliverance will come when you accept the truth of the matter. Don’t blame the other party, and don’t blame yourself.

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Tomorrow: A new reading.

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47. Exhaustion, Line 5

. . . oppression at the hands of the man with the purple kneebands.”

You are being oppressed, even by those who have a duty to help you. All you can do is maintain your inner strength, and wait.

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I love Line 5 because of the “purple kneebands.” In ancient China, purple kneebands were worn by government ministers, who had a duty to aid people in dire need of help.

We have received Exhaustion twice in recent days, so we’re assuming you are Exhausted and in need of help.

Line 5 says: Someone has a duty to step up and help you in your Exhaustion. But . . . it ain’t gonna happen.

Who is your “man with the purple kneebands?” Don’t wait for him to give you a hand.

Just maintain your inner strength and wait. The future message foretells considerable improvement.

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Tomorrow: Future: Deliverance

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

47. Exhaustion

“When one has something to say, it is not believed.”

Your inner resources are Exhausted through no fault of your own. Let go of trying to force your own solution on the problem. Rest.

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Does this advice sound familiar? It’s the same hexagram we received yesterday, as the future of Before Completion.

This is the Book of Changes saying: That future is now.

You are Exhausted. It’s not your fault; you have tried your best. The best thing — really the only thing — you can do, is rest.

The Yi sent one changing line of advice, which will give you some insight on the cause of this Exhaustion.

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Tomorrow: Line 5: “. . . oppression at the hands of the man in the purple kneebands.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

47. Exhaustion

“When one has something to say, it is not believed.”

Your inner resources are exhausted, through no fault of your own. Let go of trying to force your own solution on the problem. Rest.

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As the future of 64. Before Completion, Exhaustion suggests your efforts will come to naught.

The Book of Changes says: You’re not going to win this one. This is not your fault. You tried your best, and you had the best of intentions, but there is really nothing you can do. Accept, and rest.

This hexagram tends to pop up when the concern they are seeking a reading for is the addiction of a loved one. They have tried “everything” to help, but nothing has worked. They want to know: What can I do?

Receiving Exhaustion is the Yi answering: Nothing. Save yourself.

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Tomorrow: A new reading

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

64. Before Completion, Line 6

“One must be careful to keep celebration within proper bounds.”

At the dawning of a new time, there is no blame in celebrating. But don’t lose your head.

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Line 6 underscores the main message: “Caution and clarity will bring you successfully through the last few steps.”

The Book of Changes says: Don’t forget, this message is Before Completion.

Whatever you are working toward, you’re not there yet. Be careful.

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Tomorrow: Future: Exhaustion

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

64. Before Completion, Line 5

“The light of the superior woman is true.”

Your perseverance has paid off. Success.

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Line 5 says: You have done the right thing, through some seriously difficult situations. You will be rewarded with success.

In what area have you struggled to “do the right thing?” The Book of Changes says: Your reward will arrivesoon.

The Yi has one more line of specific advice, Line 6.

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Tomorrow: Line 6: “. . . keep celebration within proper bounds . . . “

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

64. Before Completion

” . . . out of confusion, back to order . . . “

You are near your goal. Caution and clarity will bring you successfully through the last few steps.

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You have been working toward something, and it’s now within your reach. Don’t blow it by celebrating too early.

Clarity means: You see the situation for what it is, and understand and accept the natural ups and downs that come with it.

Let’s say your relationship is developing nicely, and you sense your Significant Other (hereinafter SO) is ready to take things to the next level. Be Cautious! Don’t assume an intimacy you don’t have — yet.

Or . . . you’ve been bucking for a promotion at work, and it looks like you’re going to get it. Don’t start issuing orders until it’s official.

The Book of Changes sent us two changing lines, Lines 5 and 6.

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Tomorrow: Line 5: “The light of the superior woman is true.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind