61 Opened Heart/Connect to Center ZHONG FU


Centering and Connecting to the Spirits. Little pigs and fishes.
Wise Words! The Way is open.
Advantageous to step into the Great Stream. Advantageous Trial.

Connect your inner and outer goals. Release people from fear. Impose real directions. Beware of hasty judgment, one-sided policies and personal greed. Trust in honesty and clear communication. Focus on true ideals and the common good. 

The Image
The old character shows an arrow at the center of a target and the claws of the bird spirit protecting her child and grasping her prey.

Circle of Meanings
Connect inner and outer, connect your life to the spirit; sincere, truthful, reliable, verified; a heart at peace, a stable point that lets you face the vicissitudes of life; incubate, hatch. Inner self-reflection now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in. Heart Theme: 27 Clearing the channels.

Spirit Helpers
Wind/Wood over Lake. Eldest Daughter and Youngest Daughter, the Matchmaker and the Mediator, are connecting your inner and outer goals. Empty your heart of greed and fear so you can hear the inner voices. Connect to the real center then act with sincerity and honesty. Gather the hidden wealth and fertility and enter the stream of life with a purpose. Be sincere, truthful and reliable. Recognize the inner connections between people and things. This will bring you abundance and fertility, the little pigs and fishes. Let the expression of your inner connection with the spirit permeate the world. Articulate it and trust in it.

Voice of the Mothers
Stabilize and calm your heart. Open an inner space where you can listen to the spirit voices and connect your inner and your outer lives. Inner self-reflection now lets you acquire a place where you can influence the world you live in. This is a time to overcome oppression through hidden connections (47). Do not focus on enveloping and protecting your immature new life (4).

Zhong Fu, connecting to center, connects two very important terms in the world of Change. Fu, connection to the spirits, has many interrelated meanings: a return to and of the spirit, the blessings that flow from the Ancestors, benediction, celestial favor and great prosperity, capture, spoil, booty, prisoners offered in sacrifice to drive out evil spirits. It suggests a Founding Father, and is a sign that connects partners, a jade talisman, the Jade Shrine and the great bronze sacrificial vessels. The thread that runs through all is the connection to the spirit world and the wave of blessing that pours into the heart through it. Zhong, centering, means moving to the center, an equal or still point between opposites. It is an arrow that hits the center of the target and suggests the equinoxes, the pivotal points of the year, the coming in and going out of the souls, the heart and its inner animation. It points at the inner world and the inner way and putting something to the trial through divination. The root of the word is a banner placed at the center of the Four Sides, a hole or link to the world of the dead and the ancestors. The figure as a whole offers access to the thought of the heart where the vital forces are rooted in the deep self, the inner riches of pigs and fishes. It is the space between Heaven and Earth where the Myriad Beings live that connects the inner and outer lives of all things. It is a trust in the images that are born in the heart.

Summer (61): Ripen the fruits by connecting your inner and outer goals. Focus on what you really need. The connections you make now will bring you honor and reward.
Fall (59): Harvest the crop by shedding your old identity. Get rid of causes for conflict. Be open and do what must be done.
Winter (29): Find the seed of the new by facing challenges. Don’t go back. Learn the lessons of the past and do what you have to do.
Spring (60): Rouse new growth by articulating the new time. Discard your old identity. Be modest and do what has to be done.

Voice of the Fathers
This is an Inspiring Figure and Engine of Change that recharges our existence with meaning and energy. It is a Gate to the final stage of the Symbolic Life, birth into the life of the spirit and the passage across the River of Life and Death where the significance of life is revealed.

The Situation: An atmosphere of overall co-operation.

Caring for Others: Create real understanding and loyalty within your family based on openness and shared principles. This is the base for all undertakings. It makes even ambitious plans successful.

Setting Intentions: Take each situation as you find it. Do not impose plans. Proceed with confidence and believe in your direction. You have the necessary qualities to meet challenges even though you cannot clearly discern things now. Your creative judgment is excellent. Trust the situation.

Communication and Interaction: Ideas can spread to those usually unreceptive now. Unusual success is attainable. Proceed through real ideas and ideals, compassion and understanding. You are in the controlling position and can influence even the most prejudiced people. Receptivity to the others is the key. Share information. Make important points known.

Change from the Inside Out: Develop ideas which fertilize the ground for general growth. Start new things, but listen more than you propose. Be open. Look beyond the orthodox and the traditional. The effect could be miraculous.

  • Immediate Future: do not be lured into compulsive action.
  • Personal Development: connect your inner and outer lives.
  • Working within the Family: seek harmony in the truth of the heart.
  • Expanding the Circle: create understanding ground for growth. 
  • Partnership: share openly with each other. Unite in the truth of the heart.

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 61:62 Opened Heart and Small Traverses is an Engine of Change that develops the inner peace to understand the significance of your life and the ability to craft its meaning into an enduring message for a new generation.

Outer to Inner: The process transforms the Matchmaker trigram in the outer world of 61 into the Gatekeeper trigram in the inner world of 62. This turns your need to influence the world into inner self-restraint.

Inner to Outer: This interiorisation transforms the Mediator trigram in the inner world of 61 into the Groundbreaker trigram in the outer world of 62. This turns inner self reflection into a liberating awareness of the whole.

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.
Let the mourners go home. If strangers come do not feast them.
The Way opens.
Stay alone and quiet. If you are always worrying about other people you will have no peace. Disperse your old identity and the sorrows it implies. You will encounter someone or something that can change the course of your life. It will bring you honor and reward. Stay humble. Be open and provide what is needed. (59 Dispersing)

Step 2 Inner Center: This inner re-organization leads to harmony with others.
A Calling Crane hidden in the shade
Its offspring respond in harmony.
I have a winged wine vessel. Come to me and I will simply pour it out.
This is the profound call of one soul to another and the call of the inner self, an ever-flowing source of energy. Persevere in this and your sorrows will disappear. Stay humble. Identify with the mothers and the servants, not the fathers and the leaders. Strip away your old ideas. Be open and provide what is needed. (42 Augmenting) 

Step 3 Threshold: This inner re-balancing lets you make your way in life.
Sometimes we drum, sometimes we stop.
Sometimes we weep, sometimes we sing.
You find an equal and a rival, something to love and fight with. Imagine this difficult situation as a time when you meet the new spirit. Leave the quarrels behind and come together. Do not be skeptical about this and do not hold back. Do not carry on in the violent old ways. These goings and comings release the energy bound up in the past. Co-operate with the on-going process of change. (9 Small Accumulates) 

Outer World

Step 4 Arrival: This inner preparation leads to what is greater.
Changes are coming. The Moon is almost full.
The horse’s yoke-mate disappears. This is not a mistake.
Your usual connections disappear. Preserve your integrity by cutting through pride and complication. Look at the dangers you have just passed through and let them be a warning. Do not be afraid to act alone. These goings and comings release the energy bound in the past. Prepare the decisive new move. (10 Treading) 

Step 5 Outer Center: This inner re-grouping lets your real purpose shine.
A connection that binds us together. This is not a mistake.
You can truly help people now. Act energetically. The hidden spirit is augmenting you. This is a deep influence that will endure and manifest over time. It will open up a whole new life. Something important is returning. Be open and provide what is needed. (41 Diminishing) 

Step 6 Culmination: This inner stripping leads to a breakthrough.
A soaring sound, wings mounting to Heaven.
Trap! The Way closes.
You are overreaching yourself, a disaster from within and without. Ask yourself why you are doing this. Do not be bitter about the past. Stay low, small and humble. Take this in and you can articulate a new time. Be open and provide what is needed. (60 Articulating)