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  • Daily reading: 64 (TTC 1: The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth)

    Chapter 1: http://www.taoism.net/ttc/complete.htm

    The Yi Jing commented:

    TTC 1: The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth -> 64

    The formation
    64 - Instability
    One must show patience and only act knowingly. They are cautious and inform their relatives.



    My interpretation:

    We could conduct the study differently, for example by asking Who is the nameless?, but here we choose to learn only what the oracle wants to teach us. There are two ways to interpret this line: Heaven and Earth created by the nameless, or Heaven and Earth being created because of the nameless. Follow-up questions will allow us to elaborate. You can jump to the Conclusion at the end of this post if you wish to skip the interpretations of the readings.

    Who must show patience? (64)

    Who must show patience? -> 59.1.5 > 41

    The formation
    59 - Separation
    One endures separation without opposing it by force.


    1 - One examines the reservations to see if they are in order.
    5 - Others are expecting one to find the answer without help.

    The line 1 could designate Earth and the line 5 Heaven. We will ask more follow-up questions to elaborate.

    In the making
    41 - Remove
    One loses their support and abandons. Accepting the constraints will arouse sympathy.

    Who endures separation? (59)

    Who endures separation? -> 50.3.4 > 4

    The formation
    50 - Involvement
    One is called upon to serve others.


    3 - One may ask for help because it is difficult to search without the others.
    4 - One needs to repair because one has broken something.

    Line 3 is related to help and line 4 shows that something has been broken. We need more questions. This has the taste of the myth of Eden, but we must resist the temptation of interpreting this story with this myth.

    In the making
    4 - Asking for advice
    Give references to the student who asks oneself questions, but delay before answering to the foolish questions. That way the student will trust their judgment.


    To serve who or what? (50)

    To serve who or what? -> 26.2.3.6 > 24

    The formation
    26 - Checking
    See that everything is alright. In this way one will find the invisible problems.


    2 - One departs because they are not being trusted.
    3 - One is accompanied.
    6 - One is asked to repair.

    Those who endure separation are those who are not trusted, who are accompanying others, and those who have to repair.

    In the making
    24 - To return
    One returns to see the results of their action.


    Who can ask for help? (50.3)

    Who can ask for help? -> 32.2.3.4 > 2

    The formation
    32 - Perseverance
    One must be careful before committing themself, after they must continue.


    2 - One must repair because they lack of means.
    3 - Others cannot commit themselves when they don't have confidence.
    4 - If one does not take care of it while there is still time then they will see nothing.

    Repairing the lack of something.

    In the making
    2 - Obedience
    Being able to provide assistance, without taking decisions.


    What means? (32.2)

    What means? -> 18.3.4 > 64

    The formation
    18 - Disorder
    One needs to abandon their affairs and make themself available to patiently soften their most embarrassing flaws, in order to be able to inspire trust and be engaged by those who can help them.


    3 - One sees the negligence of a relative, so they take advantage of that to help them.
    4 - Others do not commit themselves because one did not convince them.

    Helping others and avoid to commit into something, we are going to ask about it.

    In the making
    64 - Instability
    One must show patience and only act knowingly. They are cautious and inform their relatives.


    Commit into doing what? (18.4)

    Commit into doing what? -> 58.1.4.6 > 59

    The formation
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.


    1 - One lacks means but can continue with others.
    4 - Profiteers want to limit the response to the most modest demands.
    6 - Loss of feeling.

    In the making
    59 - Separation
    One endures separation without opposing it by force.

    Separation from the Tao or God.

    Search what? (50.3)

    Search what? -> 15.5 > 39

    The formation
    15 - Decency
    One shall not provoke with initiatives.


    5 - When others are mistaken they must be explained.

    Explaining mistakes.

    In the making
    39 - Uncertainty
    Solving a difficulty requires a patient study. If one fails, they will receive help after showing that they have done their best.


    Who are the others? (50.3)

    Who are the others? -> 6.4.5 > 4

    The formation
    6 - Claim
    One is prevented from continuing, despite thinking that they say the truth. Do not use force to conclude. Entrust a mediator.


    4 - One wants to win then stops because they see the weakness of the other.
    5 - Request arbitration, one will be able to present their case.

    Line 4 leads to another question. Line 5 is about evaluation or judgment.

    In the making
    4 - Asking for advice
    Give references to the student who asks oneself questions, but delay before answering to the foolish questions. That way the student will trust their judgment.


    The weakness of who or what? (6.4)

    The weakness of who or what? -> 6.6 > 47

    The formation
    6 - Claim
    One is prevented from continuing, despite thinking that they say the truth. Do not use force to conclude. Entrust a mediator.


    6 - If one forces through then they will have to forego their tranquillity.

    The weakness of winning by force.

    In the making
    47 - The embarrassment
    Circumstances or appearances play a negative role. Justifying oneself is useless, one will be understood later.


    Repair what? (50.4)

    Repair what? -> 54.4 > 19

    The formation
    54 - Assistance
    Protect one's interests by making oneself useful.


    4 - One wants to prepare themself.

    More questions are also needed here, but it already seems to be about providing assistance to the youngest.

    In the making
    19 - To accompany
    One calls the youngest so they return.

    What are the interests? (54)

    What are the interests? -> 49.1.5 > 62

    The formation
    49 - Arrange
    Renewal is necessary when deficiencies are identified and one has a substitution plan. It will be in their interest to complete the changes. One should forget regrets.


    1 - One is tied by constraints so they join others.
    5 - One wants to renew.

    We need to ask what are the constraints and who are the others.

    In the making
    62 - Exit
    One checks before going out.

    What are the constraints? (49.1)

    What are the constraints? -> 12

    The formation
    12 - Disorganization
    Problems prevent the progress. The best solution would be to leave.

    We can ask about the problems.



    What are the problems? (12)

    What are the problems? -> 41

    The formation
    41 - Remove
    One loses their support and abandons. Accepting the constraints will arouse sympathy.



    Something has been removed.


    What has been removed? (41)

    What has been removed? -> 8.1 > 3

    The formation
    8 - Sharing
    Sharing a common vision. Hesitations can lead to regrets.


    1 - One is tired by the delays caused by the checks, so one humbly asks the other to replace what they have taken, once they are done showing their result to others.

    This is what has been removed, so it seems to be about patience and humility. Again, this line has a taste of Eden.

    In the making
    3 - Remedy
    Time will need to be spent. Seek assistance and clarify the situation by identifying the problems.


    Who are the others that they join? (49.1)

    Who are the others that they join? -> 42

    The formation
    42 - To progress
    Looking for what can be improved.

    Making progress, this makes no difficulty.




    What kind of preparation? (54.4)

    What kind of preparation? -> 13.1 > 33

    The formation
    13 - Company
    Making oneself available. Not taking one's own opinions into account. General agreement is impossible.


    1 - We were lost, but we will meet later.

    Finding back what was lost.

    In the making
    33 - Moving away
    Before leaving, one must hand over the reins.

    What was lost? (13.1)

    What was lost? -> 7.2.6 > 23

    The formation
    7 - The will
    To solve their problems, one will need discipline and continuity.


    2 - One does like everybody else, therefore is trusted.
    6 - It is time to restore order after action, and for that one will need specialists.

    What has been lost is related to order, the discipline of doing like others, and restoring order after action, this hints about negligence.

    In the making
    23 - Erosion
    Decline that one can control by using their reservations.


    What are the reservations? (59.1)

    What are the reservations? -> 29.1 > 60

    The formation
    29 - Depth
    When problems are too difficult, one tries to work around them.


    1 - When one has encountered a difficulty, they must solve it before facing others.

    Here we ask about the difficulty.

    In the making
    60 - Limit
    One does not go further.

    What is the difficulty? (29.1)

    What is the difficulty? -> 1.1.5 > 50

    The formation
    1 - Evolution
    Changing to obtain quality work.


    1 - One is still too weak to act.
    5 - One has understood the needs of the times.

    The reservations are that they are too weak to act.

    In the making
    50 - Involvement
    One is called upon to serve others.


    Who examines the reservations? (59.1)

    Who examines the reservations? -> 2

    The formation
    2 - Obedience
    Being able to provide assistance, without taking decisions.

    Those who lack of the will to provide assistance.



    What kind of order is expected? (59.1)

    What kind of order is expected? -> 31.5 > 62

    The formation
    31 - Impulse
    When one helps others, they come.


    5 - One does not want to lose their comfort so they let others do.

    Not helping others.

    In the making
    62 - Exit
    One checks before going out.


    Who are the others? (59.5)

    Who are the others? -> 62.1.2 > 34

    The formation
    62 - Exit
    One checks before going out.


    1 - One accepts to examine the weakest, in order to know if one must continue with the others until they are ready.
    2 - One is departing from the best.

    Line 1 designates those who examine the weakest, line 2 designates the weakest who are departing from the best, which may mean losing the Tao or God.

    In the making
    34 - Concentration
    One does not let their thoughts derail.


    Who is one? (59.5)

    Who is one? -> 46.2 > 15

    The formation
    46 - Formation
    One is guided until they reach knowledge.


    2 - If one makes a gesture, it will be noticed.

    God, or the Tao who created Heaven and Earth, thus making the separation.

    In the making
    15 - Decency
    One shall not provoke with initiatives.


    What kind of help? (59.5)

    What kind of help? -> 5.2 > 63

    The formation
    5 - Patience
    Something is coming, look forward to it with confidence rather than going and see.


    2 - There was a bad start because there was no discussion.

    This is a subtle answer. The help of claiming that there was a bad start because there was no discussion.

    In the making
    63 - Maximum
    One can make a few improvements to not see the decline.


    Who loses their support? (41)

    Who loses their support? -> 10.2.5 > 21

    The formation
    10 - Persistence
    One is committed with confidence, in the long term and with a simple goal, without looking for outside help.


    2 - One scoots.
    5 - One moves away from the path.

    Those who abandon God or the Tao.

    In the making
    21 - To decide
    One would like to meet but must accept arbitration.


    What constraints? (41)

    What constraints? -> 9.1.5.6 > 46

    The formation
    9 - Appearance
    Something is not yet visible.


    1 - One resists.
    5 - One must help others more so that they accept to share.
    6 - One wants to see the evidence that the other is patient and will take not even a modest initiative before committing oneself to return what the other has lost.

    It's about dropping selfishness.

    In the making
    46 - Formation
    One is guided until they reach knowledge.


    Patience about what? (64)

    Patience about what? -> 18.2 > 52

    The formation
    18 - Disorder
    One needs to abandon their affairs and make themself available to patiently soften their most embarrassing flaws, in order to be able to inspire trust and be engaged by those who can help them.


    2 - One helps the weakest gently.

    Helping others on Earth.

    In the making
    52 - Stop
    One recognizes that it is time to stop because they need to be fed.


    What kind of action? (64)

    What kind of action? -> 11.3 > 19

    The formation
    11 - Duty
    Organize, prepare one's work.


    3 - When a problem arises and one can solve it, they will rejoice.

    Solving a problem. We are going to ask about this problem.

    In the making
    19 - To accompany
    One calls the youngest so they return.

    What kind of problem? (11.3)

    What kind of problem? -> 24.3.4.5.6 > 13

    The formation
    24 - To return
    One returns to see the results of their action.


    3 - One cannot succeed in one go, so they continue.
    4 - One sees that others exaggerate, so they move away.
    5 - Admitting one's mistakes.
    6 - Before going, one wonders when to return.

    In the making
    13 - Company
    Making oneself available. Not taking one's own opinions into account. General agreement is impossible.

    We can distinguish four different problems here. The first is about reincarnation, returning to correct past errors, the second is about being able to support weaker people who exaggerate, the third is about recognizing mistakes, and the fourth is about being hardened.


    Cautious about what? (64)

    Cautious about what? -> 30.1.2 > 50

    The formation
    30 - Lucidity
    Patience will bring success.


    1 - When the preparation is long one must be patient.
    2 - One has understood the needs.

    One must be warned that it will take time to understand the needs, and thus involve themself. We can ask what kind of preparation and about the needs to confirm.

    In the making
    50 - Involvement
    One is called upon to serve others.

    What is the preparation? (30.1)

    What is the preparation? -> 38.6 > 54

    The formation
    38 - Misunderstanding
    One must revisit a misunderstanding if they want to dispel it. If needed, one can seek advice. One may abandon the small differences.


    6 - One wanted to take the other away from them, then refrains because the latter comes to ask friendly questions.

    Clearing the misunderstandings.

    In the making
    54 - Assistance
    Protect one's interests by making oneself useful.

    What are the needs? (30.2)

    What are the needs? -> 14.1.6 > 32

    The formation
    14 - Meeting the demands
    Addressing the needs if the means are available.


    1 - One must prepare themself before making the move.
    6 - When one is patient others help them.

    In the making
    32 - Perseverance
    One must be careful before committing themself, after they must continue.

    Being patient in order to clear the misunderstandings.

    Inform about what? (64)

    Inform about what? -> 8.1.4.5 > 51

    The formation
    8 - Sharing
    Sharing a common vision. Hesitations can lead to regrets.


    1 - One is tired by the delays caused by the checks, so one humbly asks the other to replace what they have taken, once they are done showing their result to others.
    4 - When one has established a relationship of trust, it is in their interest to make it known.
    5 - Showing what is sharing: only take volunteers, let the others go.

    This answer also needs additional questions.

    In the making
    51 - Shock
    Something is coming which enables the identification of a problem.

    What is the common vision? (8)

    What is the common vision? -> 54.2 > 51

    The formation
    54 - Assistance
    Protect one's interests by making oneself useful.


    2 - When others don't help, one can leave them.

    Those who don't help others are sent to Earth.

    In the making
    51 - Shock
    Something is coming which enables the identification of a problem.


    What are the checks? (8.1)

    What are the checks? -> 31.3.4 > 8

    The formation
    31 - Impulse
    When one helps others, they come.


    3 - One wants to go when they must let the other advance.
    4 - One only thinks about what is known.

    Taking initiatives (line 3) limit the possibilities (line 4) because of the lack of knowledge.

    In the making
    8 - Sharing
    Sharing a common vision. Hesitations can lead to regrets.


    What relationship of trust? (8.4)

    What relationship of trust? -> 17

    The formation
    17 - To guide
    When one rejoices others, they join with them.

    See the Bhagavad Gita 8:5-6:


    One who remembers the Supreme Being exclusively, even while leaving the body at the time of death, attains the Supreme Abode; there is no doubt about it. (8.05) Whatever object one remembers as one leaves the body at the end of life, one attains that object. Thought of whatever object prevails during one’s lifetime, one remembers only that object at the end of life and achieves it. (8.06)



    Volunteers for what? (8.5)

    Volunteers for what? -> 42.4.5 > 21

    The formation
    42 - To progress
    Looking for what can be improved.


    4 - When one needs something else they can admit it.
    5 - When one is competent they don't show hesitations.

    Admitting that they need Heaven and not Earth.

    In the making
    21 - To decide
    One would like to meet but must accept arbitration.

    What is coming? (51)

    What is coming? -> 45.5 > 16

    The formation
    45 - Group
    The responsibility of a group requires foresight, perseverance and availability.


    5 - Others left but one can encourage them.

    Encouraging the souls to return to God or the Tao.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.

    What is the problem? (51)

    What is the problem? -> 45.1.3.5 > 55

    The formation
    45 - Group
    The responsibility of a group requires foresight, perseverance and availability.


    1 - One didn't listen to the end so they cannot continue.
    3 - One is shown sympathy.
    5 - Others left but one can encourage them.

    The problem is to help the souls which have lost God or the Tao to return.

    In the making
    55 - To manage
    One prepares to meet requests. After a study, decisions will be applied and checked. Unreasonable requests will be ignored.



    Who are the relatives? (64)

    Who are the relatives? -> 21.1.6 > 16

    The formation
    21 - To decide
    One would like to meet but must accept arbitration.


    1 - One sends a relative away to teach them.
    6 - One has stopped being unstable but others are waiting for answers before one can rest.

    The young souls are sent on Earth to learn.

    In the making
    16 - Youth
    Youth can be mobilized. It is a period of indecision which will be emerged through involvement.

    What answers are expected? (21.6)

    What answers are expected? -> 26.1.2 > 52

    The formation
    26 - Checking
    See that everything is alright. In this way one will find the invisible problems.


    1 - One doesn't want to come and see immediately because it is less important.
    2 - One departs because they are not being trusted.

    In the making
    52 - Stop
    One recognizes that it is time to stop because they need to be fed.

    Who or what is less important? (26.1)

    Who or what is less important? -> 51

    The formation
    51 - Shock
    Something is coming which enables the identification of a problem.

    Stop creating problems.



    Who departs? (26.2)

    Who departs? -> 61.4.6 > 58

    The formation
    61 - Immobilized
    Show patience, one is asked to make progress.


    4 - One can rise, provided that they abandon their old habits.
    6 - Others lack confidence because one answered too fast.

    Lacking confidence that they can return to Heaven.

    In the making
    58 - Attraction
    Wait before committing oneself. A simple proposal is enough. One wants to know what the other desires before responding.



    Conclusion:

    The nameless must be the Chaos, since the Chaos always changes it cannot be named. The eternal name is different in that it always evolves. The hexagram 64 represents Chaos so the answer is very clear from the start.

    The comment of the hexagram 64 is very rich and allows many follow-up questions: One must show patience and only act knowingly. They are cautious and inform their relatives.

    The question Who must show patience? was very difficult to interpret. We have received 59.1.5. The first line shows the entities that are selfish and have reservations, and the fifth line the entities that are selfless and want to separate from the entities that have reservations. Those who have to endure the separation are the selfish who don't want to help others or even ask them for help, and also the selfless who go to Earth to help the selfish coming back to Heaven.

    To the question Patience about what? then the answer was very clear: 18.2, so the need is to show patience about helping the weakest gently.

    About acting knowingly, we have asked What kind of action? and received 11.3 as answer, so this is about solving problems. The problems to solve are the four last lines of the hexagram 24: returning to fix one own's errors, being able to support the weakness of others, recognizing one own's mistakes, and finally being able to stop evading the problems.

    Caution follows this advice since to the question Cautious about what? the answer was 30.1.2, which is about understanding that clearing the misunderstandings requires patience.

    The relatives are the younger entities (souls, persons) who are sent to Earth to learn about being less unstable. They need to learn to stop creating problems and their doubts about returning to Heaven must be cleared

    Those relatives have to be informed about sharing (8.1.4.5). Those who don't help are sent away (54.2). 8.1 is about waiting patiently and refraining from taking action in order to find the Tao or God. 8.4 is about how loving God or the Tao is a sure way to join them. 8.5 is about being volunteer to leave Earth and return to Heaven.

    8.1.4.5 turns into 51, which is about encouraging those who have lost God or the Tao (and have been sent away) to return.

    This is an extremely difficult reading, which gave us a lot of insight. What is described here has some similarities with the myth of Eden, which is not surprising.

    If you look at the nuclear hexagrams, you can see that the hexagram 64 is the nuclear of the hexagram 63 and vice-versa. Order inside Chaos, and Chaos inside Order, they need each other to exist. This is a form of True Love as expressed poetically by Avital Raz in her song Regarding Angels:





    However the hexagram 63 does not represent the Tao or God. This is the role of the hexagram 1 named Evolution. So, the True Lover of God or the Tao, would be represented by the hexagram 2 named Obedience. We need to be careful to not be confused because Heaven and Earth are also represented by the hexagrams 1 and 2. Those who don't obey to God or the Tao are sent to Earth and obedience to the Tao (wu wei) or God is the way to return to Heaven.
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