36 Hiding Brightness MING YI


Brightness Hiding. The Dark Sun.
Trial: Hardship is advantageous.

Hide your light, accept the difficulties and find the hidden beginnings. Don’t appeal to authority. Supervise things from hiding. Beware of pushing yourself forward, being incautious or responding to provocation or temptation. Preserve inner calm and inner development. Take no risks.

The Image
The old characters show the Sun and the hero Yi the Archer who shot down the ten suns that threatened to destroy the world by fire.

Circle of Meanings
Hide your light, protect yourself; injury, proscription, oppression, hidden influences, greedy and vulgar people; accept the difficult journey and the mission you have been given; the setting sun and the west wind. Accepting inner guidance now brings a deep faith in the overall processes of life.  Heart Theme: 40 Deliverance from past suffering.

Spirit Helpers
Earth over Fire. Mother and Middle Daughter, the Midwife and the Visionary, find the hidden beginnings. Hide your light to protect yourself and begin a difficult new endeavor. Conceal your intelligence by entering what is beneath you. There is a real possibility of injury now. By dimming your presence you can avoid being hurt. Accept the drudgery and the difficult journey. You can deliver yourself and inaugurate a new time. This will bring you profit and insight in the end. Hide yourself in common labor and accept what confronts you. You are being excluded from the center of things. Carefully watch common desires and ideas so that you can control them from hiding. Brighten your innate pattern. Use this enveloping obscurity to clarify your ideas. This will make you an inspiration to others.

Voice of the Mothers
This is the dangerous journey that leads to deliverance. Hide your light, protect yourself and complete your mission. Accepting inner guidance now brings a deep faith in the overall processes of life. Accumulate small things, adapt and gather in your ghosts (9). Do not focus on the dangers you must face (29).

Ming Yi, Brightness Hiding is the Dark Sun, the sun in the earth and the sacrifice to the dark powers at the Earth Altar. It represents the World of the Dead and mourning, the Demon Country and traveling among the barbarians. It portrays someone who is outcast, marginalized, proscribed, exiled from the centers of culture and power. A central image here is solar eclipse, amongst others the eclipse at Feng that signaled King Wu’s receipt of the Mandate of Heaven when he was hiding in the Mourning Hut to lament the death of his father King Wen. The eclipse signifies both accepting a difficult task and the spirit’s help in this hardship, evoked by the series of heroes in the transforming lines of the figure: Yi the Archer in the Demon Country, shooting the three-legged crow that is eating the sun; Yu the Great taming the demons through his endurance of toil and hardship; King Wen imprisoned by the Shang tyrant, creating the Book of Changes in his cell; King Wu who set his armies marching to overthrow oppression; Jizi who endured hardship at the court of the tyrant, a voice in the wilderness. Accepting the hardship implied here, the omen bird calling from the darkness, will bring deliverance and the new day.

Spring (36): Rouse new growth by hiding your talents and accepting the difficult journey. Though you feel held back, have no fear. You are connected to others through a network of spiritual beliefs. Be clear and simple. The dark time is ending.
Summer (22): Ripen the fruits by letting appearance reflect inner worth. Be brave and independent. Don’t run after impossible desires. Do the inner work. Don’t take the easy way out.
Fall (52): Harvest the crop by meeting others with generosity and care. This is the end of your isolation. Cut through pride and complication and you will signal to your true kin. Lead by example. Let your actions speak, not your words. Learn from the lessons of the past.
Winter (15): Find the seed of the new. Work hard at this and keep your pride out of the way. If you master your words you can influence people. Work on quietly to prepare the future.

Voice of the Fathers
This is a Realizing Figure, an experience of the Centers of Power in the stage of the Symbolic Life when we struggle to found an individual dwelling, family and career.

The Situation: A time to conceal your ideas and your resources in face of negative and malevolent energies.

Caring for Others: Remain quiet. Do not be provocative. Expect no cooperation and offer no help or guidance to others. Presume active hostility. Every good influence will be turned against you. Do not attract attention. Concentrate on personal work and self development. Be aware and attentive. Wait for the situation to change.

Setting Intentions: Make no proposals or suggestions. Nourish your own inner values and do not be drawn into the plans of others.

Communication and Interaction: Negative.

Change from the Inside Out: Negative. Make no decisions or agreements.

  • Immediate Future: accept the difficult journey.
  • Personal Development: circulate your intelligence to the shadow within.
  • Working within the Family: work carefully from hiding.
  • Expanding the Circle: do not attract attention or arouse enmity.
  • Partnership: stay hidden and grounded. Meditate on an ideal outcome.

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

The transformative process of the Pair 35:36 Flourishing and  Hiding Brightness develops the generosity to spread what you acquire and the strength to accept hardship.

Outer to Inner: the process shifts the Visionary trigram from the outer world of 35 to the inner world of 36. This turns your outer sense of direction into inner guidance.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation shifts the Midwife trigram from the inner world of 35 to the outer world of 36. This turns your inner devotion 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.
Hiding your Brightness through flight. Dipping your wings in the waters.
The Realizing Person goes three days without eating.
Have a direction to go. Master your words and you can influence others.
You are escaping from an impossible situation. You can convince people if you master your words. Work on in the dark to provide for the future. An unconscious animal force is biting through to aid you. These goings and comings will release the energy now bound up in the past. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (15 Humbling) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Hidden and hurt in the left thigh. Use a horse to rescue this.
Wise Words! Invigorating strength opens the Way.
You have received a serious but not deadly wound. Mobilize your spirit and come to the rescue. Simply give yourself to this work and your sorrows will vanish. Imagine you are in a quiet rural retreat. Attach your problems to this deep source and let go of your despair. If you let yourself be led now you can realize the hidden potential. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (11 Pervading) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Hiding your Brightness in the southern hunt.
Hounding them, you acquire their Great Head.
Trial: This does not allow affliction.
In the midst of considerable difficulties you find the central illusion that is causing the chaos. Though this may act slowly it will release you from the sadness that afflicts you. Do not be timid and furtive or compensate through violent aggression.  If you get carried away in your attempts to renovate your life you will do serious harm. Something important is returning. Be open and provide what is needed. (24 Returning) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Enter the left belly. Catch the heart of the Hidden Brightness.
Issue forth from the gate and chamber.
You find center of the darkness obscuring you. Go right to the heart of it and reclaim your lost intelligence. People have confidence in you. Do not hold back. If you confront the situation you will meet the hidden force moving these dire events. Do not be afraid to act alone. You are connected with a creative force. (55 Abounding) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
Jizi Hides his Brightness. Advantageous Trial. Harvesting.
You must pretend to be a part of this situation without losing your integrity. Be clear about what is happening. Though you may be apprehensive take on this difficult task and receive the blessings of the feminine. Let yourself be lured into action. The sincerity of your feeling and your dedication are what count now. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (63 Already Crossing) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
A time of brightening, a time of darkening.
First it mounts to Heaven, then it enters the Earth.
The tyrant falls, the darkening ends. Though you feel held back, have no fear. You are connected to others through a net of spiritual relations. You have been locked up and cannot move for now, but this is for your own good.  Be simple and pure. You can renovate this corrupt situation. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (22 Adorning)