I-Ching Hexagram 3 – Chun – Difficulty at the Beginning

Hexagram-3-ChunThe trigram above – K’AN – the Abysmal
The trigram below – CHEN – the Arousing, Thunder

General: The first step towards true learning is acknowledging your inexperience.

Love: Provided you learn from the problem you have encountered you will get past the current stumbling block.

Business: Assess your business honestly and see how you could do better business.

Personal: If you have hit a setback then make adjustments to your lifestyle and the setback will only be temporary.

The name of the hexagram, Chun, really connotes a blade of grass pushing against an obstacle as it sprouts out of the earth – hence the meaning, “difficulty at the beginning.” The hexagram indicates the way in which heaven and earth bring forth individual beings. It is their first meeting, which is beset with difficulties. The lower trigram Chen is the Arousing; its motion is upward and its image is thunder. the upper trigram K’an stands for the Abysmal , the dangerous. its motion is downward and its image is rain. The situation points to teeming, chaotic profusion; thunder and rain fill the air. but the chaos clears up. While the Abysmal sinks, the upward movement clears up. While the Abysmal sinks, the upward movement eventually passes beyond the danger. A thunderstorm brings release from tension, and all things breathe freely again.


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