What Is I Ching Hexagram 2: 坤 “Field”?
K’un is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 2. With both upper and lower trigrams consisting of pure Yin lines (earth over earth), it is called ‘the receptive’ or alternatively named ‘field’ or ‘the flow’. This hexagram is the complement to the creative inspired Hexagram 1. The Receptive finishes and completes the Force and together they are the balance of Yin-Yang. Hexagram 1 has pure Yang lines that show movement into the pure Yin lines of Hexagram 2. The Receptive is as powerful as the Force but carries a higher warning.
Hexagram 2 is a time for opportunity, but unlike the immense planning that is instructed from Hexagram 1, The Receptive influences the caster to become open minded and aware of the people around them. This opportunity is a time to listen to others and the advice they are willing to share. There are many forms of advice and several people who will be willing to give personal or career guidance. But without opening the ears and humbling one’s self to the opinions of others, there can be no progress.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 2:
The Chinese Hexagram 2 suggests that you should be willing to strike up a conversation with all those you meet throughout the day. Share with them different problems or issues you might be having in search for this advice that will help you progress. This will allow you to be proactive in finding solutions or simply gaining the guidance that is meant for you.
Do not allow fear or pride to fill the mind and destroy the opportunity to speak to loved ones or even co-workers. The characteristic of being open minded towards other’s opinions is not a form of weakness, but a sign of great strength. Never feel like the mind is weak if solutions cannot be discovered on a solo path.
There are those in the world who have gained great knowledge through overcoming similar situations in life. Sometimes it can be hard to inspire those with knowledge to share this wisdom with the raising generations. Being patient and respectful while listening to the advice of others. This can renew the speaker’s faith in society once again.
I Ching Hexagram 2 – Personal Goals:
If the advice comes from a teacher or counselor at school, ponder the advice of those with higher knowledge to understand how it applies to the present course of events. Changing subjects of study or taking on an additional class could be the key to future success.
I Ching Hexagram 2 – Love:
If the caster does not use this time to seek out advice, then they must be willing to take advice when it is given. Advice can come from a family member such as one’s parents, or it can come from a partner. It is sometimes hard to receive hard advice from those we love. But it is this type of advice that will help shape and mold the listener into a wiser person.
I Ching Hexagram 2 – Career & Business:
This is an opportunity to receive feedback from co-workers and supervisors in the work area. In order to progress, we must be able to see ourselves through another perspective which will allow repair in low performing fields.
Ask for a performance review if one is not already scheduled at work or ask the opinion of your co-workers. Share the details of your work with fellow associates and their advice could help strengthen your project.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
THE RECEPTIVE brings about sublime success,
Furthering through the perseverance of a mare.
If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead,
He goes astray;
But if he follows, he finds guidance.
It is favorable to find friends in the west and south,
To forego friends in the east and north.
Quiet perseverance brings good fortune.
THE IMAGE POEM
The earth’s condition is receptive devotion.
Thus the superior man who has breadth of character
Carries the outer world.
No matter the form in which the advice is given, either sought out or not, it is most important to remember that when receiving advice that the mind and heart are open. If advice is heard with vain ears or ignored, then progress cannot occur. Dismissing advice and not taking the time to review the information will only lead to self-destruction.
It can hurt any chances or opportunities that might be coming available. Plans will not be successful if advice is ignored due to pride. There is no way to complete this life without a little advice from others.