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56 Restrained Journeying, Loyalty (at a distance)
In a context of self-restraint we utilise setting a direction (an ideology).

Trigrams : self-restraint (bottom), direction (top) : with/from self-restraint comes direction. [fire over mountain]

The mud from which 56 has emerged is best described by analogy to the under-stated qualities of hexagram 55, abundance (dealing with diversities)

Commentary :

In hexagram 56 self-imposed limitations enable one to survive in any environment. It is excess that fosters obstruction and oppression. These limits should act as guides in the form of a sense of direction, not absolutes. Guided restraint/ restrained movement; when wandering in a strange land, one's loyalties are still with 'home' and thus one should be restrained (selective) in one's actions.

Goal of 56 - hexagram 38 (or 'how do I 38? - 56')

Five-Phase Relationships : The trigram of Mountain reflects Filtration. The trigram of Fire reflects Distribution. Filtration-by-discernment through distribution is expressed as maintaining a sense of loyalty where-ever one is.


56 is the goal of 30 (or 'how do I 56? - 30' How do I be loyal? Obtain guidance, an ideology, a sense of direction)

 

The I Ching tells us about hexagram 56:

Genotype

Description

Phenotype

(01)

 How does this hexagram express singlemindedness, competitiveness?

60

(02)

 What is this hexagram's potential form?

56

(03)

 How does this hexagram 'sprout'?

13

(04)

 How does this hexagram learn social skills?

32

(05)

 How does this hexagram wait for opportunity to come?

10

(06)

 How does this hexagram compromise, meet half way?

48

(07)

 How does this hexagram express uniformity, establishment of?

50

(08)

 How does this hexagram passively attract?

33

(09)

 How does this hexagram express making small gains to be noticed?

58

(10)

 How does this hexagram traverse a path carefully?

5

(11)

 How does this hexagram balance/harmonise, mediate?

38

(12)

 How does this hexagram neutralise attacks on its core beliefs?

39

(13)

 How does this hexagram express association with the likeminded?

3

(14)

 How does this hexagram manage from the centre? Direct operations? Push ideology?

19

(15)

 How does this hexagram level things out, keep words close to facts?

35

(16)

 How does this hexagram express foresight/planning?

52

(17)

 How does this hexagram find a faith? What is its faith?

37

(18)

 How does this hexagram correct corruption, express that correction?

40

(19)

 How does this hexagram express approaching the 'high'; defer to the 'low'?

14

(20)

 How does this hexagram elicit admiration and so invigorate others passively?

31

(21)

 How does this hexagram resolve problems?

36

(22)

 What does this hexagram look like, how does it present itself to the outside?

51

(23)

 How does this hexagram 'housekeep', clear chaff to bring out the wheat?

62

(24)

 How does this hexagram 'start', express 'beginning'?

30

(25)

 How does this hexagram stand up to say its piece, ignoring consequences, disentangle?

63

(26)

 How does this hexagram express 'holding firm' to traditions?

54

(27)

 What is the basic, skeletal form of this hexagram, The mud from which it has emerged?

55

(28)

 How does this hexagram express excess, go beyond what is required?

59

(29)

 How does this hexagram assert containment/control?

44

(30)

 How does this hexagram express guidance/direction setting?

24

(31)

 How does this hexagram 'woo', express restrained enticement?

20

(32)

 How does this hexagram express commitment?

4

(33)

 How does this hexagram draw-in its enemies, competitively entice?

8

(34)

 How does this hexagram actively invigorate others?

41

(35)

 How does this hexagram bring something into the 'light'?

15

(36)

 How does this hexagram protect its 'light' when not its time?

21

(37)

 How does this hexagram reflect rigid structure as a form of tension release?

17

(38)

 How does this hexagram 'mirror', deal with opposition?

11

(39)

 How does this hexagram obstruct, go against, stand up to, the flow?

12

(40)

 How does this hexagram express tension release through relaxing structure?

18

(41)

 How does this hexagram achieve clarity, concentration, distillation?

34

(42)

 How does this hexagram reflect augmentation?

49

(43)

 How does this hexagram 'seed', spread the word?

61

(44)

 How does this hexagram persuade/seduce?

29

(45)

 How does this hexagram celebrate its 'faith'?

53

(46)

 How does this hexagram become more entangled with something/someone?

64

(47)

 How does this hexagram integrate with the context, be it by choice or otherwise?

57

(48)

 Where does this hexagram get its nutrition, what sustains it, keeps it going?

6

(49)

 How does this hexagram reveal, unmask?

42

(50)

 How does this hexagram express conversion of the raw to the cooked, transformation?

7

(51)

 How does this hexagram express surprise, enlightenment, shock?

22

(52)

 How does this hexagram express blocking, discernment?

16

(53)

 How does this hexagram express gradual development, maturity?

45

(54)

 How does this hexagram expend early energy, immaturity?

26

(55)

 How does this hexagram deal with abundance/overflowing?

27

(56)

 How does this hexagram demonstrate conditional loyalty; loyalty at a distance?

2

(57)

 How does this hexagram cultivate and become influential?

47

(58)

 How does this hexagram express itself intensely, self-reflect?

9

(59)

 How does this hexagram make things clear, dispel illusions? lift the fog?

28

(60)

 How does this hexagram standardise?

1

(61)

 How does this hexagram express empathy? yielding, soft core, hard exterior?

43

(62)

 How does this hexagram express overacting to establish unconditional loyalty?

23

(63)

 How does this hexagram complete, 'get it right'?

25

(64)

 How does this hexagram remain 'open', mis-sequence?

46

 

Some PAIRINGS of hexagram 56 with other hexagrams:

This pairing reflects an overall focus on issues of establishing and maintaining loyalty, be it in maintaining loyalty in a distant land of many attractions (hexagram 56), or in the need to exaggerate the traditions of a collective to aid in maintaining the collective's structure (hexagram 62).
Standardisations (60) mean a reduction in choices, but also in any sense of loyalty (56) where since all is standardised there is nothing to get 'excited' about. (56 is overall a differentiating hexagram, reflecting remaining loyal over vast distances in time or space, reflecting the root trigram influence of blocking out - the mountain trigram in its refined form reflects the concept of discernment).

At the LOCAL level we are dealing with an octet of hexagrams with the trigram of MOUNTAIN as base. The association is between 56 and 39 where the exaggerated sense of remaining loyal is reflected in a more balanced format in that of being an obstacle to the 'mindless' flow of things; we do not advertise our loyalty, we just hold our 'ground'.

GOING BEYOND:

55 : going beyond - through overflow, abundance, diversity; 55 abundance, diversity comes from a context described by hexagram 56 - loyalty

56 : going beyond - through loyalty, stay focused; 56 loyalty comes from a context described by hexagram 55 - diversity

A combination of issues of diversity (55) together with exaggerating traditions to maintain integration of the collective (62) is reflected in the issues of loyalty covered in hexagram 56.
 

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