I-Ching Hexagram 36 – Ming I – Darkening of the Light

Hexagram-36-Ming-IThe trigram above – K’UN – the Receptive, Earth
The trigram below – LI – the Clinging, Fire

General: Concealing your light when danger is around is an effective way of avoiding detection.

Love: Detach yourself from the issue and do not reveal your true feelings.

Business: This is not a good time to start any new ventures.

Personal: Use this time to work on your inner strengths until the current obstructions pass.

Here the sun has sunk under the earth and is therefore darkened. The name of the hexagram means literally “wounding of the bright”; hence the individual lines contain frequent references to wounding. The situation is the exact opposite of that in the foregoing hexagram In the latter a wise man at the head of affairs has able helpers, and in company with them makes progress; here a man of dark nature is in a position of authority and brings harm to the wise and able man.

One must not unresistingly let himself be swept along by unfavorable circumstances, nor permit his steadfastness to be shaken He can avoid this by maintaining his inner light, while remaining outwardly yielding and tractable. With this attitude he can overcome even the greatest adversities.

In some situations indeed a man must hide his light, in order to make his will prevail in spite of difficulties in his immediate environment. Perseverance must dwell in inmost consciousness and should not be discernible from without. Only thus is a man able to maintain his will in the fce of difficulties.

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