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39) Jian: Halting (Trouble)


  • C: There is water on top of a mountain, halting; superior people examine themselves and cultivate virtue.

  • L: When halted, the southwest is beneficial, not the northeast. It is profitable to see a great person; innocence is auspicious.

  • E: Preserving the primordial in the midst of the temporal.



1 Yin:

  • L: Going results in trouble, coming to praise.

  • E: When one is weak, it is good to be careful before trouble arises.

2 Yin:

  • L: King and vassal both faithful in spite of difficulty, not for their own comfort.

  • E: When trouble arises for true yang and true yin, one must be determined in keeping the human mind empty and seeking the fullness of the mind of Tao. This is being able to deal with trouble in spite of weakness.

3 Yang:

  • L: Going leads to trouble.  Come back.

  • E: This is being firm in returning to the correct path and not getting further into trouble.

4 Yin:

  • L: Going leads to trouble; come form associations.

  • E: It is beneficial for one who is weak to restrain from getting into trouble by seeking the guidance from others with solutions. 

5 Yang:

  • L: Great trouble; a companion comes.

  • E: When yang falls into yin, or the mind of Tao is covered with the human mind, there is great trouble. If strength is balanced, one can temporarily use the human mind to cultivate the mind of Tao, to transform great trouble into a great solution, congealing the golden elixir from nothingness. This is strength and flexibility combining into the primordial energy, with no trouble.

6 Yin:

  • L: Going to trouble, coming is great. For good results, it is beneficial to see a great person.

  • E: At the end of trouble, when the human mind is calm and the mind of Tao appears, if one tries to forcibly control the human mind, trouble will arise again, obscuring the mind of Tao.  There is great merit in returning to nurture the mind of Tao without controlling the human mind. It is most beneficial to seek a teacher's instruction on trouble shooting in the firing process.