What Is I Ching Hexagram 42: 益 “Increase” ?
I is the Chinese name of the I Ching Hexagram 42. With inner and outer trigrams forming wind over thunder, this Hexagram is called ‘increase’ or alternatively named ‘augmenting’.
Hexagram 42 represents a time to use wealth and resources wisely to help bring about a great good. Whether that be in the work place or in the community, now is the time to be generous of any storage. There are many different forms of wealth.
This can be from a monetary perspective, to having a great amount of spare time and resources within the community. No matter what type of storage is currently obtained, it is important to share it with others instead of hoarding it away. That way others might be strengthened and uplifted.
Interpretation & Meaning of Hexagram 42:
While Hexagram 41 spoke of the importance of being frugal, Hexagram 42 shows the need to be generous with the abundance we have been able to collect.
Every individual has an abundance of some sort. That is not to say that every person is extremely wealthy, it just simple means that everyone possesses something in large quantity. This could be a particular talent or having a current increase in free time.
Knowing these talents creates networks in the community that turn into a high resource when encouraging a large amount of people to act. Power can be an example of abundance as long as it’s used wisely.
No matter the type of personal gain, great responsibility is needed to maintain gifts and resources. Being responsible in what the abundance should be used for, is what can cause a change for good in the community.
I Ching Hexagram 42 – Personal Goals:
There are many who can benefit from the resources of others. An organization in the community could use a donation or simply donated time to the services they provide. Perhaps having the talent to be a good listener is enough to help a friend overcome an obstacle.
When we are willing to share ourselves and our resources with others, progress is then possible. Being willing to give of ourselves, whether in service or through a donation of some sort, makes it possible for positive events to flood our life path and a balance to start taking a hold in a community.
I Ching Hexagram 42 – Love:
Be willing to share love and kindness with others when we have an abundance of those feelings residing inside us. Sometimes we can inspire others find renewal within their life when we take the time to celebrate a great success.
There are many ways to share what we have with others in order to cause a balance in the environment. Take this time to strengthen relationships by being kind and loving. This could also be the time to discover a new relationship or strengthen the love between a current partner.
I Ching Hexagram 42 – Career & Business:
Businesses can grow when we show respect to our co-workers and take the time to celebrate a recent success. Sometimes all that is needed of us is our advice or opinion when someone we care about is struggling.
Hexagram 42 symbolizes a phase that will have many opportunities. Now is the time to take advantage of any rising situations that can benefit from an individual’s influence. This could mean taking the jump to further a business plan or strategy.
THE JUDGMENT POEM
INCREASE. It furthers one
To undertake something.
It furthers one to cross the great water.
THE IMAGE POEM
Wind and thunder: the image of INCREASE.
Thus the superior man:
If he sees good, he imitates it;
If he has faults, he rids himself of them.
Hexagram 42 shows the importance and benefits of being generous. New opportunities present themselves when we are willing to give of ourselves. Abundance comes in all forms and is obtained by every individual. Not everyone will have the same type of wealth but everyone has the same responsibility to be willing to help others.