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Hexagram 51
Chên - The Arousing (Shock, Thunder)

yin
yin above: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
yang
yin
yin below: Chên / The Arousing, Thunder
yang
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CHANGING LINE:

Hexagram Fifty-One/Line Six


Six at the top means:
Shock brings ruin and terrified gazing around.
Going ahead brings misfortune.
If it has not yet touched one's own body
But has reached one's neighbour first,
There is no blame.
One's comrades have something to talk about.

"Eye of God" - Hubble Telescope image of Helix Nebula


When inner shock is at its height, it robs a man of reflection and clarity of vision. In such a state of shock it is of course impossible to act with presence of mind. Then the right thing is to keep still until composure and clarity are restored. But this a man can do only when he himself is not yet infected by the agitation, although its disastrous effects are already visible in those around him. If he withdraws from the affair in time, he remains free of mistakes and injury. But his comrades, who no longer heed any warning, will in their excitement certainly be displeased with him. However, he must not take this into account.



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