In lines 3 and 4 there is an active outer structure in which we are involved, it is supported by feeling but this feeling is not what we consider to be important (lines 2 and 5), it is what we do that has importance. Our inner being is quiet (lines 1 and 6), so here is a pattern of natural outer activity.
The emerging life energy is very forceful (Chên) and this flows freely in the outer world (K’un); identity contemplates this activity Kên without becoming over-involved, and Sun, in the place of our inner being, shows a maturing there.
This flow shows an advantageous time for outer activity because we are not too involved and we do not manipulate and make mistakes. Our inner being is supportive of the outer action and is maturing through the experience. This is an excellent situation for accomplishing what has been planned; its common name is “increase” or “gain”.
The Chinese Oracle
Here the inner is increased by outer action. Changes are always involved in these increases so it is favourable to cross the great water—to change our approach to things, allow ourselves to see from new points of view. Widening experience and identity is increase.
Line 1 goes yinlife force shows more change
It is fortunate for our outer state when the life force is manifesting activity, it creates a balance of inner and outer activity so that the outer seems to move of its own accord, at other times we seem to have to push very hard to make the smallest movement. In this line our activity will feel right.
Line 2 goes yangintuitive feeling less active
Intuitive feeling is our first activity of distinguishing, we then define an attitude according to the feeling and so distinguish the feeling in terms of mind. It is advantageous in this tao that we should be free of mind attitudes and simply be in the flow, this gives freedom to the magic of the moment.
Tortoise shells are artefacts of magic, and what the tao offers in this line is the magic of the life force providing our feeling with just what it needs. For this to be accepted we need to drop our way of identifying what is happening and then choosing (this is the mode that normally rules us, is our king); if this is not sacrificed the gift is not seen or felt at all. Learning to drop our personal activity takes this long perseverance and is the inner good fortune of the tao.
Line 3 goes yangouter world changes less
It is more in tune with this tao to reduce our controlling of activity rather than to reduce the activity itself; our outer experience is food to the inner self. Here we make a move intending to do something about an overactive “I am” but “I am” doing it.
Our seal is that which identifies us and the prince is our identity (the outcome of our ruler which is the identifying process), so here we need to see how we are identifying ourselves, how we are choosing; the middle way is not to choose but to allow.
Line 4 goes yangaccepting the outer state less
Here we choose less amongst the strong flow of outer activity which is this tao; it is in keeping with this flow to go with the outer activity but not to manipulate it.
The capital is the seat of government, the chooser, which is sacrificed in this tao to allow the magic of the life force. For symbols of the seal, the prince, and walking in the middle, see line 3.
Line 5 goes yinmore awareness of intuition
By accepting direct feeling of the life force we are becoming one with our intuitive feeling of this tao about increase.
Questioning comes from the mind, flow from the feeling. The essence of the flow is to be genuinely in it, we cannot question a flow without stopping it.
Line 6 goes yinour inner being accepts more
This is no time to get involved in inner stillness (line 1 is yang) when we are in a tao of nourishing outer activity.
Here we fail to sacrifice the importance of identifying—we identify in the inner stillness—and we miss the middle path, the non-identified state. By trying first the outer and then the inner as our focus we are not being consistent and nothing is furthered; only a shock will change this cycle of choosing, for it fuels itself, so it is as if someone strikes him.