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In the beginning…

What is absolutely fascinating to me is how the story of the birth of yin and yang so closely mirrors many other cosmological views on the origin of the Universe. I am sure there are some who might have other theories, yet, from what I can understand, yin and yang were born in the Big Bang. And yes, that is supposed to rhyme!

First there was silence and stillness – the nothingness, the void. No space and time existed. A cataclysm of creation then occurred – the massive explosion of the Big Bang – that put the ball in motion (and later a few galactic balls too). Out of the void came the chaos, and out of the chaos came two polarised forces of creation – pulsating and dancing in a flow of energy. Yang or male / positive energy represented the active driving force of creation or the seed. Yin or female / negative energy provided the womb – the passive, receptive, nurturing creative force. Together they would birth all creation.

In I Ching cosmology, this would look as follows: from ‘zero’ or nothingness came ‘one’ or chaos, out of which ‘two’ forces were born, yang and yin. It goes on. Next came the creation of the ‘four’ primary energies – yang and yin plus two with combinations of each other. The four creation building blocks combined, yet again, into ‘eight’ forces of change, now known as the trigrams or three-lined images. These trigrams represent forces that guide and shape all patterns of change. These eight combined yet again and formed 64 variations of the manifested states of change, known as the hexagrams or six-lined images.

It is these 64 images that provide the I Ching’s basis to guide our understanding of change and how we can best align to that change. The tool known as the I Ching, connects us to what we already know. Being part of the matrix or quantum soup, at a subconscious level we fully understand the change we are dealing with and why. Casting the coins or using an I Ching app just creates visibility for what we know and a language to describe how we can master the change we find ourselves in.

The Unexpected Knot: Hexagram 25 Innocence to 21 Biting Through

Sometimes the I Ching is so accurate, and our confusion on what it means at the time so deep, you literally want to kick yourself up the you-know-what when you figure it out. This happened to me this week.

I have been working on my main web site and was gunning to get it upgraded from an old sorry state into something someone would actually read. I cast the I Ching to ask if there was anything I should pay attention to or know about going live that day. I got the Hexagrams 25 Innocence or Unexpected, one changing line in the 5th position, giving a second hexagram of 21 Biting Through.

I read through the text and could not understand it. Changing line 5 referred to an external evil or difficulty that was not my fault but would clear in the natural order of events. Hexagram 21 is the legal hexagram and asks you to take direct and rapid action. I love using the tale of Alexander the Great’s Gordian Knot to illustrate this hexagram. Sometimes gentle probing and cajoling will not undo the undo-able knot – a sword is the tool that cleaves open the knot. I battled to understand how these hexagrams related to my question. And so, being busy and distracted, I brushed it off and kept going. The I Ching would, of course, get the last laugh.

Later that day, all that was left to get my site live was to upgrade the account and reclaim my domain, which, in a bad case of admintitus years prior, had lapsed. To my horror, the domain was no longer available AND was for sale for $2875! I could see from the whois entry that this predatory domain company (badly want to list the name but have held back) had snapped up my domain when it lapsed and essentially wanted to extort a ridiculous sum from me to get it back.

Enter the I Ching reading, stage left. I groaned. Of course….The unexpected had happened and the cause was indeed an external bad act of cybersquatting. The second hexagram, the legal and knot slayer, now also made sense. The way to deal with it is to be swift in taking action using the recourse available. How evidential!

I feel quite confident that I will get it back, given the case in hand, and the remedial backup of ICANN arbitration. I have mailed the domain company, and do believe, as the I Ching has stated, it will correct in the ordinary course of business. Holding thumbs!


Update: So the I Ching WAS right. The domain company came back to me and said they would be willing to cede to domain to me immediately…..at no cost! 🙂 *happiness*