1 Inspiring Force/Creator QIAN


The Way to the Source is open.
Advantageous to put your ideas to the Trial.

Draw on your inner power and don’t pause. Create inspiration for others.  Be enduring. Take the lead. Beware of using old ideas. Take immediate creative action.

The Image
The old character shows the sun at dawn, a three-leafed sprout and vapors, the energy flowing from Heaven that spreads to nourish the world.

Circle of Meanings
Creative energy, dynamic power that guides and inspires; persist, endure, untiring; heaven, the yang force awakening life, the daimon or shape-changer, who activates the power of inner images; the key, the male sexual organ. Heart Theme: 1 Inspiring Force.


Spirit Helpers
The power of Heaven doubled. The Father and Creator brings inner perseverance and faith in action through connection with the spirit. You face many obstacles but the situation you confront is full of inspiring force. Offer yourself to the process. Have no fear. You can be a source of tireless creative energy and inspiring images that open a new time. This is the primal power of the spirit to create and destroy, the sun that makes everything grow, the fertilizing rain and the shape-changing power of the Dragon. Be dynamic, strong, untiring, tenacious and enduring. The Way of Inspiring Force is to transform things. It makes the innate spirit in each thing manifest. Ride the six stages of this energy. Use it to produce ideas that inspire people. What you create can be the source of a deep and self-renewing peace of mind.

Voice of the Mothers
Endure, persist and spread inspiration to all. Inner perseverance brings you the ability to connect your actions with the spirit. Open a still space within where old life is brought to an end and its lessons learned (52). Do not focus on preparing a decisive new move (64) and the preparation will occur of itself.

Inspiring Force, the Dragon is a shape-changer that constantly breaches natural reality. His inspiring force rises as the constellation Cerulean Dragon that presides over the growing season and his weaving body surrounds us as both lifelines in the landscape through which energy flows and as images rising within us, a mysterious vital force moving and circulating through the subtle body. The Dragon is the inspiration in a work of art and the dynamic language of the myth-world, our connection with the Great Person, the deep personality in all of us. It promotes seeing or visualizing (jian): becoming aware, connecting with inner images, being struck and moved by Inspiring Force. It is a realizing spirit-image, a gate to the unseen, mediator and conductor of blessings. Its earliest image may be the Staring Eyes found on sacrificial objects from earliest times, signifying the awesome power of the Other, the Ancestor. Inspiring Force is tireless creative energy, inspiring and creating dynamic harmony. In the body, Force acts through the Lungs, skin and nervous system, regulating the rhythm of life, making energy descend and dispersing it. It connects the surface with the central nervous system, sexual stimulation and the power of inner images.

Summer (1): Ripen the fruits. Act slowly and carefully to build your foundation.
Fall (44): Harvest the crop by letting the emerging new patterns move you. Prepare things carefully. Make no impulsive decisions.
Winter (28): Find the seed of the new by standing alone without fear. Think about real goals and take a decisive stand for change.
Spring (43): Rouse new growth by decisively parting from old patterns, relational and personal. Let new developments be seen. Search out new companions.

Voice of the Fathers
Inspiring Force (1) is an Inspiring Figure, an Engine of Change and Heart Theme of Change that recharges experience with meaning and energy. It is a Gate to the first stage of the Symbolic Life when the child seeks to create a world in which to discover a self.

The Situation: A time of hope and inspiration, formulating plans, beginnings of growth, creativity, originality – great creative activity that can lead to flowering and achievement.

Caring for Others: Take the initiative and draw possibilities into being. You have the creative energy to shape things and put them in order. Be inspiring and consistent and you will meet with success.

Setting Intentions: Proceed with confidence on all levels. You can rely on your judgment. New endeavors are particularly auspicious now. Attention to learning and growth will yield real fruits. This is the time for action.

Communication and Interaction: Highly auspicious. Express your overall ideas. Your creative judgment is excellent now. Feedback is positive. You have all necessary information. Be supportive.

Change from the Inside Out: This is a highly auspicious time on all levels. Make the most of all potential. What you bring to the situation is well chosen. You will receive the support you need.

  • Immediate Future: creative possibilities open in many directions.
  • Personal Development: rouse what is truly great in yourself.
  • Working within the Family: mobilize energy to break through boundaries.
  • Expanding the Circle: take the initiative. Lead, organize, inspire.
  • Partnership: your relationship is filled with creative force. Use it.

Pairing: Bringing Change to Life
Each hexagram is part of a Pair that that activates hidden paths of transformative energy through the interaction of the trigrams or Spirit Helpers, connecting phases of Inspiration and Realization. You are in the Inspiring phase of this Pair.

The Pair 1:2 Force and Field is an Engine of Change that develops the transformative power to both inspire and realize things.

Outer to Inner: The process of the pair transforms the Creator trigram in the outer world of 1 into the Midwife trigram in the inner world of 2. This turns your desire to connect your action with the spirit into inner devotion to the process of change.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation transforms the Creator trigram in the inner world of 1 into the Midwife trigram in the outer world of 2, turning inner perseverance into a deep faith in the overall processes of life.

Transforming Lines

Mothering Change presents Transforming Lines as Steps of Change that show you where and how to focus your energy. Click on the links to connect with the Relating Figure generated by each line.

Inner World

Step 1 Beginnings: This return of the spirit attracts a new fate.
Immersed Dragon, do not use it!
The situation feels confused. You would like to take hold and set it right. Give up your impulsive desire to act and let things circulate. Act slowly and carefully to build the base. Do not try to push this away. Things are taking form now. Have no fear. This return of the spirit attracts a new fate. You are coupled with a creative force. (44 Coupling)

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
See the Dragon in the fields!
Advantageous to see the Great People. Harvesting.
You have the ability to realize things now. Take the advice of those you trust. Locate yourself in the center of this force and you will find a real purpose. Let any distress you might feel return you to the Way. No need to repeat or rehearse things now. Your inner drive is straight, square and great. There is nothing that will not benefit. Have no fear. This inner re-organization brings harmony with others. You are coupled with a creative force. (13 Harmonizing People)

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Noble One completes the day using Inspiring Force again and again.
At night come alarms and adversity. This is not a mistake.
This is a transitional time of incessant activity. Do not try to be the great leader now. Continue toiling humbly to bring things to completion. This is the place of hidden excellence. If you do try to accomplish something quickly, you can bring all your plans to a beautiful completion. This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life. Step out to meet the new destiny. You will find supportive friends. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (10 Treading)

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Someone is playing in the depths. This is not a mistake.
Real creative energy emerges now. Do not lose the playful spirit. Let bad blood and apprehension depart. Have no fear. You will gather friends as a hair clasp gathers the hair. Everything you want is bundled in the bag. This inner preparation leads to what is greater. Step outside the norms and re-imagine the situation. Co-operate with the ongoing process of change. (9 Small Accumulates)

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
Flying Dragon in the Heavens.
Advantageous to see the Great People! Harvesting.
Let your creative power emerge. You can build something enduring now. Your energy and awareness will impress others. There are hidden connections that open the flow, a source of great good fortune. Be generous.  Even though things may look confusing there are hidden processes at work that open the way to enduring connections. This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine. Be resolute and part from the past. You are connected with creative force. (14 Great Being)

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Overbearing Dragon, heading into the gully. There is cause for sorrow.
If you keep pushing on now you will misuse the creative energy. It is time to withdraw. There is a ripe fruit uneaten and you must carry it away. Have no doubts. It is time to be resolute and part from the past. Do not just change your face. Follow this and have no doubts. This inner stripping away leads to a breakthrough. You are connected to a creative force. (43 Deciding/Breakthrough)