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35: Easy Progress

Easy Progress

The situation is one of easy, natural progress. What has been weak is ascending, and by gaining a prominent position, will become more powerful. The image is the light of the rising sun, which at first appears dimly through the mists. But this light later radiates with powerful clarity when the sun has reached a high position in the sky.

Progress is made when those in subordinate positions make peace with those above, and in so doing create a natural means for their talents and abilities to become prominent. It is by recognizing and riding with the natural course of events — by hitching our wagon to the rising sun, as it were — that we advance our position and earn respect.

Don’t forget that goodness in human nature is like the dim but beautiful early morning light. Greed, hatred and other forms of self-absorption can still obscure it — just as the morning light can be swallowed by the fog. Be reminded that progress is achieved most effortlessly when right action is taken without concern for immediate reward, and when the path of the weaker aligns with that which is strong.

Changing Line Interpretations

Line 1 (bottom line)

Progress seems to be thwarted. If you lack confidence, remain calm and accept that your influence may not be strong enough yet to achieve great progress. Though advancement is fervently sought, the hour for you to play a leading role may not have yet come. If so, do not feel downhearted or resentful because no one is paying a lot of attention to you. Remain calm and dedicated, and you will avoid serious mistakes that could halt your progress altogether.

Line 2

A lack of progress can be caused by a lack of contact with the right people. Though this is disheartening, progress will cease altogether if you push too hard with people who have not had a chance to develop strong trust in you. By persevering in your efforts now, important people will notice and help you along, but only in due time. Avoid becoming too frustrated because of slow progress.

Line 3

Pushing ahead brings good fortune! With the support of those above and below, progress is inevitable.

Line 4

In times of great progress, it is easy for powerful people to acquire possessions. When such possessions are acquired by devious means, however, sooner or later the facts will come to light. Be careful! Proceeding with questionable behavior will lead to misfortune.

Line 5

When one is in an important position of service to others who wield even more power, a gentle and benevolent attitude will further the interests of the whole. You may berate yourself for not being more aggressive and for not taking greater advantage of your position, but opportunities for small gains now must be passed up for greater good fortune in the long run.

Line 6 (top line)

When strong, energetic action is required to achieve progress, make certain that your ducks are in a row before you start. Be particularly careful to avoid overly energetic initiatives to those with whom you do not enjoy a close relationship. If a bridge can’t handle the weight, don’t use it.