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I Ching Hexagram 3: 屯 “Difficult in the Beginning” – Chun

What Is I Ching Hexagram 3: “Difficult in the Beginning” ?

Chun is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 3. With inner and outer trigrams forming water over thunder, this Hexagram is called ‘difficult in the beginning’ or alternatively named ‘sprouting’ or ‘gathering support’. This hexagram is a reminder that we all face problems in the course of our life path. At the beginning of each problem, there can be difficulty over coming and enduring till the end. But a thunderstorm doesn’t last forever and it often brings the much needed rain to wash away the dirt of the Earth.

Hexagram 3 can often bring peace, like a beacon of serenity, when facing a difficult time. All periods of difficulty can be brief and will not last forever. During times of difficulty, it’s important to assess the situation and see what solutions can be put into place to avoid further sorrow or frustration.

Now is a time to admit inexperience in order to learn from the situation at hand. Through from each difficult problem arises knowledge that can be used to avoid similar situations in the future. Be honest as your review the problem and make sure to avoid reckless actions or feelings of rage.

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Hexagram 3 indicates that when facing a difficulty, put away feelings of anger, self-pity, sorrow, and constant questioning. Remember that all phases in life will not last long and everything in this world is temporary. The path through life is always moving and any period in life is not permanent. With this in mind, a person can strengthen themselves in this knowledge and start to feel more humble, peaceful, and ready to take action.

I Ching Hexagram 3 – Personal Goals:

When analyzing a troubling situation, try to discover what is causing the problem. Is it bad influences at school or at work? Are there certain things or people that need to be cut from the life path? It often takes a time of darkness to realize the true nature of the things we surround ourselves in. When there is not an object that causes this time of difficulty, then we turn our minds to what we might be doing personally that is causing the problem.

I Ching Hexagram 3 – Love:

By weeding out the things that can bring difficulty into the personal love life and by gaining experience through each trial, we are better prepared to face on new challenges and excel in life. Align yourself with people who can encourage and lift you up in life.

I Ching Hexagram 3 – Career & Business:

Once the events of the difficult time have passed, a period of excelling and achieving begins. With fresh water on the Earth, the ground is ready to be molded and formed to allow further growth and a season of great harvest. Take the time to work on projects that need finished or start a new process that will continue to encourage success.

There will never come a time when a single person has gained all the knowledge in the world. One of the ways in which a person gains further knowledge is going through a difficult time. Without the proper wisdom, we can often find ourselves in a troubling situation be it in studies or career.

THE JUDGMENT POEM

DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING works supreme success,
Furthering through perseverance.
Nothing should be undertaken.
It furthers one to appoint helpers.

THE IMAGE POEM

Clouds and thunder:
The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING.
Thus the superior man
Brings order out of confusion.

Conclusion

Thoughts similar to ‘if I only knew’ arise into the conscious mind. We should be humble to this knowledge. Instead of finding someone or something to blame for the hard situation, we can obtain and retain that wisdom to avoid the situation the next time it arises.

Similar problems will continue to arise throughout our life path, but at least now we have the knowledge to overcome adversity and endure the thunderstorm a little bit easier. Hexagram 3 is the reminder to continue to endure difficult times, that they won’t be forever, and after the trial is over a person is able to gain great wisdom and clarity.

The 64 Hexagrams

1乾 Force Ch’ien2坤 Field K’un
3屯 Difficult in the Beginning Chun4蒙 Youthful Folly Meng
5需 Waiting Hsu6訟 Conflict Sung
7師 Integrity Shih8比 Holding Together Pi
9小畜 Attention To Detail Hsiao Ch’u10履 Correct Conduct Lu
11泰 Peace T’ai12否 Stagnation P’i
13同人 Fellowship T’ung Jen14大有 Abundance Ta Yu
15謙 Humbling Ch’ien16豫 Enthusiasm Yu
17隨 Following Sui18蠱 Correcting Ku
19臨 Nearing Lin20觀 Observation Kuan
21噬嗑 Biting Through Shih Ho22賁 Grace Pi
23剝 Splitting Apart Po24復 Returning Fu
25無妄 Innocence Wu Wang26大畜 Great Accumulating Ta Ch’u
27頤 Nourishment I28大過 Preponderance of the Great Ta Kuo
29坎The Abysmal K’an30離Radiance Li
31咸Courtship Hsien32恆Constancy Heng
33遯 Retreat Tun34大壯 Great Invigorating Ta Chuang
35晉 Progress Chin36明夷 Darkening of the Light Ming I
37家人 The Family Chai Jen38睽 Opposition K’uei
39蹇 Obstruction Chien40解 Deliverance Hsieh
41損 Decrease Sun42益 Increase I
43夬 Displacement Kuai44姤 Coming to Meet Kou
45萃 Gathering Together Ts’ui46升 Ascending Sheng
47困 Exhaustion K’un48井 The Well Ching
49革 Revolution Ko50鼎 The Cauldron Ting
51震 The Arousing Chen52艮 Stilling Ken
53漸 Gradual Progress Chien54歸 妹 The Marrying Maiden Kuei Mei
55豐 Abundance Feng56旅 The Wanderer Lu
57巽 Ground Sun58兌 Open Tui
59渙 Dispersion Huan60節 Limitation Chieh
61中孚 Center Returning Chung Fu62小 過 Small Surpassing Hsaio Kup
63既 濟 After Completion Chi Chi64未 濟 Before Completion Wei Chi
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