I Ching :: 3 :: Difficulty at the Beginning

This week we will look at I Ching 3. This 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 Chên is the Arousing; its motion is upward and its image is thunder.


	DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING works supreme success,
	Furthering through perseverance.
	Nothing should be undertaken.
	It furthers one to appoint helpers.
I Ching 3
Times of growth are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. But 
these difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that is struggling to 
attain form . Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there is a 
prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger.

	Nine at the beginning means:
	Hesitation and hindrance.
	It furthers one to remain persevering.
	It furthers one to appoint helpers.
If a person encounters a hindrance at the beginning of an enterprise, he must 
not try to force advance but must pause and take thought. However, nothing 
should put him off his course; he must persevere and constantly keep the 
goal in sight. It is important to seek out the right assistants, but he can find 
them only if he avoids arrogance and associated with his fellows in a spirit of 
humility. Only then will he attract those with whose help he can combat the 

	Six in the second place means:
	Difficulties pile up.
	Horse and wagon part.
	He is not a robber;
	He wants to woo when the time comes.
	The maiden is chaste,
	She does not pledge herself.
	Ten years—then she pledges herself.

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