Line 6 being yin while lines 3, 4, and 5 are yang shows that we are involved only with inner activity. We are absorbing the energy of the life force and this will show itself later. To do this we are feeling the life force (line 2) without identifying ourselves with this feeling, without using it in any way, so the feeling builds up. This structure shows an accumulation of energy which will later become an external force, and its common name is “influence” or “attraction”.
The life force seeks stillness (Kên) which creates outer structure, not flow (Sun), and a quietness of identity (Ch’ien). Our inner being looks to new activity (Tui).
The influence, that which is being attractive, is a hidden inner one not at present being noticed on the surface. This is not overt influence or pressure, and it shows itself on the surface as a reluctance to participate, a shyness that is awaiting a gathering of strength.
The Chinese Oracle
The young girl symbolizes new, fresh feeling, and to marry such feeling is to become one with it. Identity is in a potential phase (Ch’ien) ready to manifest something new; our inner being (Tui) is just opening to something new; we need to take this new fresh feeling into our very being, so continuing to build up this welcome to it brings success.
Line 1 goes yanglife force shows less change
When the life force is inactive we may seek the influence of outer activity, this will not be new fresh influence, this has to come from the inner.
The toe is the leader of our steps and far from our centre. The influence symbolized is external and forceful.
Line 2 goes yangintuitive feeling less active
In this tao of building up energy (confidence, relationship and so forth) we have a tendency to want to move, to release the stress in us which is building up, but we should not do this too soon, so in order to lessen the tension we feel it less.
The activity of the calves raises the weight of the body onto the toes so that we fall into a step. By restraining this first movement we prevent the step developing which would set a direction and so be narrowing to our choice (evil). In the same way with feeling, once it is defined we fall into its expression; here we are less active in the feeling and so abiding quietly, which is good fortune.
Line 3 goes yinouter world changes more
In this tao there is no flow outwards. Here we create a flow of activity, and we do this for purposes, for desires to gain an end. This will dissipate the growing inner influence.
The thigh moves the body forward into the step, so here we are already in motion following either what we look up to or what looks up to us; either of these serves to justify our identified self, the existing and established self.
Line 4 goes yinaccepting the outer state more
Outer action is quiet in this tao (line 3 is yang) so the influence here is for identity to be involved in quietness. This is beneficial as it allows the inner influences to have attention.
Regret disappears because we are creating no action that we could regret, but we need to maintain this quietness and watch the natural tendency to activity.
Line 5 goes yinmore awareness of intuition
Our feelings are actively interpreting the life force, so to become involved here is to assist the influence of the inner life force outwards and so also the influence of the tao.
The spinal area is the central core of our body-being and is associated here to the heart which is traditionally the core of our feeling; it is feeling (line 2) that this line monitors.
Line 6 goes yangour inner being accepts less
The emerging life force (line 1) is active; here our inner being is disregarding it. In a tao about the inner influencing the outer this is also disregarding the tao, so we remain on the outer surface of our being and unable to change our way of being ourselves.
With our jaws and tongue we express ourselves; here we give out our definitions about our situation instead of absorbing experience which is the function of this 6th line. Energy is dissipated if we constantly say what our reality is.