What Is I Ching Hexagram 27: 頤 “Nourishment” ?
I is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 27. With inner and outer trigrams forming mountain over thunder, this Hexagram is called ‘nourishment’ or alternatively named ‘the corners of the mouth’ or ‘comfort and security’.
Hexagram 27 teaches to choose your words wisely. The soul and spirit need nourishment as much as the body does. Just as food can be nourishing for the body, the words we use both verbally and internally in the mind can help nourish our spirits.
Words that are spoken aloud can have many effects on both the person they are spoken to and the speaker. Plays often can have a dramatic effect based on the flow of words from the actors. But words do not need to be spoken in order to have an effect. Our own thoughts can help empower or break us down internally.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 27:
Hexagram 27 calls for a time to reflect on the type of words a caster is currently using. Are they having a positive effect to help inspire both the speaker and the listener? Or are their words being used to torment and break down others?
How we speak is a representation of our inner being and can often show the true side of a person. Use words wisely in order to prevent chaos in the world. It is easy to become angry and choose to use hurtful words. It is important to have a strong tolerance against what others may say to anger us.
The spoken word can often be very beautiful. Music and the theater are ways to enjoy the words of others in a safe environment. Listening to the advice of loved ones can be very helpful and enjoyable. Sitting in on a lecture can help a person gain knowledge on a certain topic of interest.
These are just a few examples of the benefits of the spoken words. History is filled with powerful speeches from leaders that have influenced a large mass of people to react, either in battle or against those that would hold them down.
There is no limit to the power of the spoken word. But not all words are spoken, but instead thought and internalized. These words are also very important and work to either strengthen or destroy the spirit.
I Ching Hexagram 27 – Personal Goals:
Hexagram 27 is a means to help nourish the spirit and strengthen the mind against our own thoughts and the words of others. If thoughts of negativity and low self-esteem have been flooding the mind lately, take this time to meditate and clear the mind.
Prevent the mind from forming these thoughts by dismissing them as soon as they arise and reminding the mind of personal strengthens and skills that counter these thoughts.
I Ching Hexagram 27 – Love:
There is difficulty in deciding what words to use in a situation in your relationship. It takes patience and experience before it can become easier to decide the correct order of words. In any situation, it is imperative to remember that the wrong choice of words can tear down a relationship.
I Ching Hexagram 27 – Career & Business:
Choose your words wisely when dealing with others in business or at your work place. The wrong words can destroy a possible opportunity that is often influenced by anger or frustration.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
THE CORNERS OF THE MOUTH.
Perseverance brings good fortune.
Pay heed to the providing of nourishment
And to what a man seeks
To fill his own mouth with.
THE IMAGE POEM
At the foot of the mountain, thunder:
The image of PROVIDING NOURISHMENT.
Thus the superior man is careful of his words
And temperate in eating and drinking.
The old saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ is no longer relevant in today’s society. The impact on how we act and react to others verbally can have tremendous repercussions.
Practice discrimination and mental determination to be very conscious of the words that are used. Taking the time to choose the right words for a situation is often necessary. Allow a moment to collect your thoughts that will make sense and be clear.