43 Deciding/Breakthrough GUAI


Deciding and Parting. Display it in the King’s Chambers.
There is a connection to the spirits that will carry you through.
Cry out even in adversity. This decree comes from the capitol.
Not advantageous to resort to arms. Advantageous to have a direction to go.

Make a decision and announce it to all. Keep your integrity, act decisively and spread the benefits. Beware of lack of resolution and selfish hoarding. Make a firm decision to act on sound plans that mean more than personal gain.

The Image
The old character shows a hand holding a jade baton, a token of identity that confers the right to speak in the King’s court.

Circle of Meanings
A critical moment, a breakthrough; make a decision and announce it; divide, cut off, separate, part from the past; act clearly, move quickly, be resolute, prompt, certain, clear; the parting of two rivers, a parting of the ways; clean out an old wound, bring the hidden to light. Inner perseverance now brings you the ability to express the spirit in the human community. Heart Theme: 1 Inspiring Force of the Dragon.

Spirit Helpers
Lake over Heaven. Youngest Daughter and Father, the Mediator and the Creator, are awakening inner ideas that break through into decisive words. Clarify what you must do and act on it. Move quickly to part from the past. Announce your decision at the center of effective power. Bring out what is hidden. Have confidence. Do not build up defenses or engage in open conflict. The information you possess now comes from a central source. Act with drive and persistence. The spirits are with you and will carry you through. Help those who are below you. Keep your focus on the Way. The exposure to danger will make you shine in the end, but armed action will ruin everything. What is strong will endure. Bring your plan to completion.

Voice of the Mothers
Be resolute and part from the past. Announce your intentions. Confront difficulties. Inner perseverance now brings you the ability to express the spirit in the human community. Let go of lonely striving and join with others (39). Do not focus on adorning your personal life with beauty (22).

Guai, Deciding and Parting refers to making an oracular message or pronouncement known or notifying the Ancestor at the Earth Altar of an important move: war, seasonal change or the arrival of an important spirit. It includes the idea of parting with the past through the image of rivers separating and of a decisive moment, a critical time for a breakthrough. The root of the term shows a thimble worn by archers who shoot through openings in armor or formations in battle. It includes a loan word for skipping, running, galloping animals that suggests moving quickly from one place or state of mind to another. The figure centers on signals and words: a messenger announcing the results of an oracle, raising a banner or war axe. It suggests bringing something dangerous to light, opening and cleansing a wound and a critical announcement in the King’s court. This is the arrival of a message from Heaven, a fate or mandate that challenges us to respond fully, quickly and decisively to make the spirit known.

Spring (43): Rouse new growth by decisively parting from old organizational patterns. Let new developments be seen. Search out new associates.
Summer (1): Ripen the fruits. Act slowly and carefully to build your base.
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.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure, a Heart Theme of Change. It contains a Zone of Radical Transformation, a Great Transition that connects us with the creative power of the Dragon and is an Approach to Centers of Power in the stage the stage of the Symbolic Life that confers higher levels of empowerment in culture and a new ritual status on the fully individualized being.

The Situation: A decisive change, the time to eliminate unskillful practices and share new wellbeing.

Caring for Others: The way you handle things requires radical overhaul to overcome stagnation, inefficiency and bias. Make a decisive commitment. Begin to review the situation immediately and work with a consultant or advisor to monitor progress.

Setting Intentions: Focus on integration. Long-term plans will not succeed if basic assumptions are not changed.

Communication and Interaction: You are missing things. More understanding is needed. Seek clarity and the rationale for current practices. Do not be disheartened by negativity. Quality will win in the end. Make decisions and stand by them.

Change from the Inside Out: It is too early to start something new. New ventures are auspicious only if fueled by good principles and a determination to generate wellbeing beyond your own needs.

  • Immediate Future: a critical moment approaches.
  • Personal Development: develop the courage to express yourself clearly.
  • Working within the Family: help others express themselves in the crisis.
  • Expanding the Circle: overhaul decision-making, allow resources to flow.
  • Partnership: you face a decisive moment. Be honest. Express yourself.

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 43:44 Breakthrough and Coupling develops the courage to speak at a critical moment and the patience to let yourself be influenced by the encounters that result.

Outer to Inner: The process transforms the Mediator trigram in the outer world of 43 into the Matchmaker trigram in the inner world of 44. It turns your need to express yourself in public into inner self cultivation.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation shifts the Creator trigram from the inner world of 43 to the outer world of 44. This turns inner perseverance into the ability to connect your actions with the spirit.

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.
Invigorating the leading foot. Going without overcoming them.
Acting this way is a mistake.
If you try to take the lead you will most certainly fail. Prepare your move very carefully. The beginning is humble, but the result will be great. If you simply step into the deep waters around you now you will be submerged and drown. Let the distress you feel return you to yourself. Do not be afraid to act alone. You are coupled to a creative force. (28 Great Transition) 

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
Alarms and outcries. Bring it out. No rest at night.
Stay under arms and have no cares.
This is a tense and invigorating situation with things coming from all sides. Stay alert. Bring out what is hidden and you will obtain what you want. A vision and a plan are emerging and a way to carry it into the world. What you do now can add elegance and beauty to life. You are coupled with a creative force. (49 Skinning/ Revolution) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Strong in their cheekbones. Trap! The Way closes for them.
The Realizing Person goes on alone: Parting! Parting!
He meets the rain, feeling soiled and indignant. This is not a mistake.
You are involved with cruel people intent only on their mastery. See this clearly and leave. You will be caught in a flood of abuse but this is not a mistake. You may think you see an interesting opportunity to communicate now but there is nothing in it. Subtly penetrate to the new situation and you will catch the game you really need. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (58 Opening/Mediator)

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Buttocks without flesh.  He limps haltingly, like an animal led on a leash.
The cause for sorrow will disappear.
When you hear people’s words, do not trust them.
You have been punished or hurt and feel isolated. See this as a gift from fate. Do not believe what people tell you and keep your own speech guarded. You are waiting in blood so get out of the cave. You need the power and the insight of the ancient sages. Take heart and fight your way through even though your social duties may suffer. Step outside the norms. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (5 Attending) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
The mountain goat runs quickly! quickly! down the center of the road.
This is not a mistake.
You face a stubborn problem and have to choose between two alternatives. Do not charge into obstacles. Retreat from your compulsions and you will see your true purpose emerge.  If you move quickly to part from the past your ideas will bear fruit. You need quiet and intimacy now. You are connected to a creative force. (34 Great Invigorating) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
Not announcing the omen.
Trap! Completing things like this will close the Way.
If you do not communicate your message you will be cut off and isolated. The inspiring force retreats to the underworld waters. Do not keep pushing on blindly. Sacrifice your immediate desires and let your ideas circulate. You are connected to a creative force. (1 Inspiring Force/Creator)