36. Darkening of the Light, Line 4

“One gets at the very heart of the darkening.”

You can see clearly now what the problem truly is. If you do not see even the possibility of improvement, it is a good time to leave this path entirely.

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Some problems just cannot be “solved.” What is currently your most pressing problem?

The Book of Changes says: You are finally able to view this problem realistically. If it’s something you can’t change, and you can’t adapt to, it’s time to move on.

Which is apparently going to be more difficult than we thought . . .

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Tomorrow: Line 5. ” . . . as with Prince Chi.” (Meaning: You’re stuck.)

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

36. Darkening of the Light, Line 2

“Injured in the left thigh, she gives aid with the strength of a horse.”

You continue to help others, even though you yourself are hurting. Because of this, good fortune will come to you.

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In this time of Darkening of the Light, you are aiding others, despite the fact you have suffered a significant injury yourself.

The Book of Changes says: In times like these, you understand that we all must pull together, even if it hurts. You are doing your part.

You will be rewarded with good fortune when the light returns.

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Tomorrow: Line 4. “One gets at the very heart of the darkening.”

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

36. Darkening of the Light, Line 1

“Darkening of the Light during flight.”

You have been making an effort, but are seeing no results. Don’t become bitter and don’t give up. Quietly persevere.

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In what area of your life are you trying, but getting nowhere? It could be a relationship, it could be a job, it could be a diet.

The Book of Changes says: Now is a time of general darkness. You can’t do anything about it — except to keep your inner light, your Inner Truth, burning.

More difficulties are forecast in our next changing line, Line 2.

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Tomorrow: Line 2. “Injured in the left thigh, she gives aid with the strength of a horse.”

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

36. Darkening of the Light

“The light has sunk into the earth.”

The sun continues to shine, even when our spot on earth is in shadow. It is the same for you. You must keep your inner light shining through a dark time. It will pass.

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Hard times are upon us, but they will not last forever. The earth keeps turning, and we will be back in the sun again.

In the meantime, you need to keep your inner light — your Inner Truth — burning. Protect and nurture whatever “coals” are glowing in there.

You will have to wait for the time you can fan it into flames.

The Yi has lots of extra advice on how to survive this difficult time: Changing Lines 1, 2, 4, and 5.

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Tomorrow: Line 1. “Darkening of the Light during flight.”

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

30. Clarity

“If one is serious and composed, one can acquire clarity of mind . . . “

Clarity. Your flame can burn bright. Cling to what fuels it: your Inner Truth. Do not let yourself be swept off course by the currents of life surging around you.

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We received Clarity with no changing lines. That means this advice is unchanging. It will continue to be important in your life, no matter what changes occur.

The Book of Changes says: Finding and retaining Clarity is difficult. You are bombarded with messages from other people, from your computer, from your cell phone. Giving them the proper amount of attention involves serious mental work. It can leave you with little time or energy to focus on the things that are truly important to you.

Maintain Clarity about your Inner Truth.

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Tomorrow: A new reading.

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

55. Abundance

“Be like the sun at midday.”

You will have Abundance, but like the sun, it will fade. Make the most of it while you can.

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The future of Great Power is Abundance. The Yi Jing reminds us that Abundance can come in many forms. It could be money, but it could also be love.

The Book of Changes says: When you receive this Abundance, let it shine on those around you. Spread it as far as it will go.

Make the best use of it you can — while you’ve got it.

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Tomorrow: A new reading for March 6, 2022.

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

34. Great Power, Line 2

“Perseverance brings good fortune.”

Your way forward is now clear. The most important thing is to keep going at a strong, steady pace.

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We received Great Power yesterday with only Line 2 as a changing line. We received it a few days before with four changing lines full of things you shouldn’t be doing.

The Book of Changes says: Great Power — “energy in harmony with the movement of heaven — is yours now, if you harness it with determination and persistence.

Perseverance in the exercise of this energy will bring you . . .

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Tomorrow: Future. “Abundance”

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

34. Power of the Great

“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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We received Power of the Great on Feb. 18, with changing lines 1, 3, 4, and 6. Today we receive it again, this time with only one changing line, Line 2.

Those four changing lines contained a lot of cautionary advice: Line 1 said ‘Don’t jump the gun.’ Line 3 said ‘Don’t butt into affairs that aren’t yours.’ Line 4 said ‘Quiet steady effort clears the way.’ Line 6 said ‘ Can’t go backward, can’t go forward.’

This time, we have only one Changing Line, Line 2, which says ‘Perseverance brings good fortune.’ Quite an improvement!

But for today: Great Power is available to you, as long as you expend that energy “in harmony with the movement of heaven.”

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Tomorrow: Line 2. “Perseverance brings 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

19. Approach

“Approach has supreme success.”

A positive, beneficial time is Approaching. Use it wisely and it will carry you through times of less opportunity.

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Approach also means being open and willing to Approach new things. This is the future of The Turning Point.

It can also mean Approaching a problem that has been annoying you. The Book of Changes says: Don’t avoid it. Embrace it. Shower this problem with attention.

This Approach may bring you supreme success.

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Tomorrow: A new reading.

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. The Turning Point, Line 2

“Quiet return. Good fortune.”

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

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Example: Let’s say you are a member of a social group. You lunch together, you go out for drinks together after work. Then a member of a higher-status group invites you into her circle. This turns out to be a mistake; you are not comfortable there.

The Book of Changes says: This Turning Point — returning to your original group — requires you to admit your error and reconnect with your real friends as quietly and smoothly as possible.

Or maybe you quit the softball team. Or dropped out of church. Or quit attending family gatherings.

What Turning Point could you, or should you, take? Return quietly and the Yi promises good fortune.

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Tomorrow: Future reading. “Approach”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind