- How does the trigram describe a situation?
- …a cause (origin, root)?
- …a person?
- How does it tell you what to do?
- What does it tell about how to do something?
“It is communication, exchange, lasting progress, gradual & subtle change, curiosity, asking questions, playing the journalist, research, investigation, never give up, work on the long term, gentle pressure, small steps, walking, attention to details, writing detailed descriptions.” –Harmen
It is characterized by the effects that come from slow moving progress. Writing a story. Building and maintaining. Always there and never lost: influencing, forming, and changing perceptions. It affects the way of seeing the world and making choices. Elements manifest over time. There are visible effects from unseen beginnings. It is quantity and quality of work. Little bits add up. It is a garden, a work of art, and tree roots growing through the sidewalk.
Research, slow, detailed work. It influences the approach taken. It is considering elements and attributes. It seems to be a diversion. Movement of the wind is unseen but effective. By the time the actual effects are seen time has passed. It is contemplation on deep levels, and daily tasks that are all adding up. Acceptance of a destination. Following a pattern.
Wind as a cause is easier to consider, because that is what we see anyway. The wind causes swirls and eddies, it causes leaves to dance, deserts to shift, and mountains to move. It causes a shift, which can be in perception. It has effects on mood and creative expression and communication. Changing effects. The wind shifts the desert sand or the clouds and they appear completely different by the same cause. It is like influence of the Yi. The affect of 10 years ago is different than now, though it is the same cause.
In a more negative sense, a cause of a situation like the wind would be looking at things through only the details, the research, the long term pressure. This kind of cause might lead to a situation where time was spent on these things rather than other approaches. Could cause an imbalance in feeling release or joy in the present.
Someone who is detailed, curious and never ending in their research and investigation. Questioning, and going step by step in the ongoing learning process and accumulation of knowledge to a useful approach that can be seen and felt.
There are people who spend their lifetime on projects and great works of art. There are also people who have toiled through life but have managed to support a family or build a business or have a farm. It is someone with inclination to continue doing.
What to do
Pay attention to the details with a questioning mind. Expect long term effects that cannot necessarily yet be seen or felt. Do not give up because things are happening on an unseen level. Don’t rush things or expect that it will go quickly. Consider the bigger picture. Approach the situation step by step. Consider the possible influence of things already put in motion or that move more slowly. Use investigative techniques with a sense of curiosity. Do things with patience and an acceptance that some things take time. Be alert to subtle changes or affects. Exert a gentle pressure. Pay attention to the subtleties in communication, exchange, and music. Do a little bit consistently and continuously.
How to do it
Slowly. Gently. Curiously. Unceasingly. Investigatively. Patiently. With alertness to detail. With continuance. With subtlety in action and influence. With faith in small actions. With a sense of awe in noticing small things. With a sense of the grander vision within the details. With a sense of accomplishment in small steps.