13 Harmonizing People TONG REN


Harmonizing People in the countryside. Make an offering and you succeed.
Advantageous to step into the Great Stream.
Advantageous for the Realizing Person.

Synchronize goals, ideas and resources. Sort out the different groups and brighten their understanding of each other. Beware of secrecy and rejecting new ideas. Create an organized structure where people can maximize creative ability and open a context for dissemination and realization of ideas.

The Image
The old characters show a gate, a person kneeling, a mouth and the graph for One, speaking with one voice.

Circle of Meanings
Bring people together in concord and harmony; flow together, unite, agree, share an idea or goal; co-operate, equalize, recognize shared humanity; joy, excitement, compassion, fellow feeling, emergence of a common purpose.  Heart Theme: 44 Coupling with a new fate.


Spirit Helpers
Fire below Heaven. Father and Middle Daughter, the Creator and the Visionary, are spreading inner awareness that transforms old structures. Leave your isolation and join with others. Unite all the people involved in this task. Find places of agreement where goals can be shared. Develop group spirit and a bond of common understanding of mutual advantage. Now is the time to embark on a new project or found an enterprise. Step into the stream of life with a purpose. Focus on how to move with the flow. Warmth and understanding will help you. People should not stay apart from one another. Bring them together, for a creative force is moving in the center of the group. Try to see the inherent beauty of things and people. You can connect with the deep purposes that influence and move the world.

Voice of the Mothers
Bring people together in joy and harmony through compassion and fellow feeling. Share goals and develop group spirit. Put your ideas to the trial. Accepting inner guidance now brings you the ability to connect your actions with the spirit. Actively accumulate the power of the great by stepping out of your family and clan (26). Do not focus on ending the old cycle (52).

The basis of Harmonizing People is words: oracular pronouncements, ritual announcements at the Earth Altar informing the ancestors of the opening of the fields, of war or the festival times and the joyous songs of the Wu who lead the people out to the Altar at the edge of the fields to welcome the in-coming spirits. Common people and nobles gathered together at the Outskirts Altar for these great ceremonies, first amongst them the spring festivals that united all after the isolation of winter through joy, music, wine and sexual contact. The great sacrifices on Taishan, the Holy Mountain, established the axis; here the people move together and the great blessings flow. All step into the Great Stream, an image of the primitive and original unity of humans and spirits, what the Daoists called a return to the original harmony, the original chaos in the festival or paradise time. As people join together, the rituals enacted establish fellow feeling and common intent. All come together in harmony, united through the bright presence of the spirits.

Summer (13): Ripen the fruits. Join with others. Overcoming the obstacles will bring real success in the end.
Fall (33): Harvest the crop by restraining your enthusiasm. Stay focused and move forward carefully.  The creative energy is there.
Winter (31): Find the seed of the new by contemplating what comes next. Don’t try to do too much, too soon. You will find the way to what is great. Bring together what belongs together.
Spring (49): Rouse new growth by stripping away old ideas and patterns. Accept the hard work. Change with grace and elegance. Stay right where you are and the answers will fall into your hand.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure, part of a Zone of Radical Transformation when the creative power of the Dragon releases Bright Omens to guide the people’s lives. It is an Approach to Centers of Power in the stage of the Symbolic Life when we confront the problems of individual identity, sexuality and personal destiny or mission.

The Situation: A time to join with others in view of a great goal or purpose, a beneficial expansion of the field of action for all.

Caring for Others: Establish mutual confidence and global perspective. The greater the idea and benefit it can spread, the greater the chance of success. Be open and trusting. Create an environment where people feel they belong.

Setting Intentions: Lay out long-term goals and connect short term plans. Make planning available for all to see and connect with. Evaluate and record all ideas. This is a time when enlightening ideas bubble to the surface. Do not lose them. Make no hard and fast decisions, particularly negative. Trust your creative judgment. Discover possibilities and expand perception.

Communication and Interaction: Establish real humanitarian values as the basis of shared trust. Seek support from those who understand your project. Rivalry is likely to turn to cooperation, so there is no need for secrecy.

Change from the Inside Out: New initiatives are propitious. Develop things patiently. There are excellent prospects for growth and fruitful results. Nurture a coming together of talents. See the implicit logic in developing ideas. Have no fear, there are no risks involved.

  • Immediate Future: achieve your goals by creating fellow feeling.
  • Personal Development: strip away what blocks your ability to share.
  • Working within the Family: brighten understanding without imposing your ideas.
  • Expanding the Circle: Facilitate things a way that brings people together.
  • Partnership: find shared goals. Be of service to others.

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 transformative process of the Pair 13:14 Harmonizing People and Great Being develops the social connections that let your real strength and vision emerge.

Outer to Inner: The process shifts the Creator trigram from the outer world of 13 to the inner world of 14. This turns outer inspiration and intuitive power into inner perseverance.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation shifts the Visionary trigram from the inner world of 13 to the outer world of 14, turning inner guidance into the ability to find real directions in 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.
Harmonizing people gather at the gates. This is not a mistake.
You are about to cross the threshold to join with others but are temporarily entangled. Have no fear. Going through this hardship connects you with the flow. Heaven shields the birth of this group. You are coupled with a creative force. (33 Retiring/Retreat)

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Harmonizing people in the ancestral hall. Distress.
You are distressed as you measure yourself and your goals against the great ideals. Let your distress return you to the flow. Creative energy is appearing now, connecting what is above and what is below. Have no fear. Mingle with others and your energy will impress and unite them. You are coupled with a creative force. (1 Inspiring Force/Creator)

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Harmonizing People hide arms in the thickets.
Ascend your high grave mound. For three years you will not rise up.
Retreat and prepare a countermove. This may seem like a disaster but if you move with it you can eliminate the old negativity. This is not the time for aggression or insistence on your ideas. Accumulate the strength to carry heavy loads and confront difficult situations. Proceed step by step. Gather energy for a decisive new move. (25 Disentangling)

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Ride your city ramparts. Nothing can control or attack you.
Wise Words! The Way opens.
Depend on the harmony of your people. Have no doubts. Trust your purpose. This will reverse an oppressive situation. Great affluence will flow from this group. If you leave it you will see your plans fail and be cast out. Concentrate all you have and offer it to the highest principle. Gather energy for the decisive new move. (37 Dwelling People)

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
Harmonizing People first cry and sob and then they laugh.
Great Leaders meet to mutualize their power.
Mutualize your purposes with others. Everything will conspire to help you. Let your tears flow, for they release you from past sorrows. Bright new spirit is rising in this group. You need an inspiring idea to carry you. Make a plan and dedicate yourself. Do not be afraid to act alone. You are connected to a creative force. (30 Radiance/Visionary)

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Harmonizing People at the outskirts. Without a cause for sorrow.
This is the emergence of the great new purpose. Make the change with grace and elegance. Overturn things to clear communication. There is nothing harmful in your aims. The confused movement you experience now is a good omen for beginnings. Respect it. Strip away the old. You are coupled with a creative force. (49 Skinning/Revolution)