Like I said before somewhere, I view divination methods as structures and resources for shaping and strengthening your own intuition. As such, I don’t consult the Yi Jing as frequently as I once did.
But today was one of those times.
When I’m tired, overwhelmed, or when the mind is kind of unsettled, I may consult. The results are invariably tailor-made. Pretty impressive considering the book was written millennia ago. Then again, it’s reflecting the underlying patterns of the mind, which have not changed in that time.
Thinking about my need for transition and change in my career, I consulted the Yi Jing tonight. The overall guidance is to not leap from my current situation, but to use it as the launchpad for whatever I’ll do next. This fits with my plans, but I’ve been feeling frustrated and impatient.
Asking for general guidance in navigating this job, I received the 15th hexagram, 謙 (Modesty/Humility), with the 4th line changing. (For anyone who’s interested, the hexagram gives the overall situation, and the ‘changing line’ gives your current position/trajectory/heading within that situation.)
The commentary for the fourth line literally had this to say: ‘In such a position, modesty is shown by interest in one’s work.’
Interesting. And it fits with my overall decision and plan from before. But I’m going to need a bit of help. It seems to me that The Executive has arrived just in time.
One of my teachers is this man (already traveled beyond, in 2008):
One thing he says is that in life you need to know how and when to work with 理 and 情, or Reason and Sentiment. This seems like a time to go back to his advice. My work frustrations have not necessarily been driven by my highest view. I needed help and now ‘Twelve’ pieces of help have fallen into my lap. Maybe it’s time to take some deep breaths and get back to this shit.