Mar 28, 2010

Difficulty at the Beginning

photo of Bert Dalmolen

Bert published that photo at a forum I'm too. Its an I Ching forum and he presented a collection of his photos under the title of Hex 24. Return.
While I was out many things have happened. Perhaps I’ll talk about them in the future. Lately little things that are also important worked for my return. One of them was an e-mail I received from Karin. Haven’t answered it yet, but I think she won’t take me wrong. ( thanks Karin, will write back soon :)
Looking at this photo I also saw another hexagram. Hex 3 , Difficulty at the Beginning and the first thought came into my mind was “ its time to return” and that photo looks like a beginning.

W/B translation of Yijing reads.

TIMES OF GROWTH are beset with difficulties. They resemble a first birth. But these difficulties arise from the very profusion of all that's struggling to attain form. Everything is in motion: therefore if one perseveres there's a prospect of great success, in spite of the existing danger. When it's a man's fate to undertake such new beginnings, everything is still unformed, dark. Hence he must hold back, because any premature move might bring disaster. Likewise, it's very important not to remain alone; in order to overcome the chaos he needs helpers. This isn't to say, however, that he himself should look on passively at what's happening. He must lend his hand and participate with inspiration and guidance.

The difficulties of returning. I have lost my Horse for a while and Yi reminded that to me and a post I read at Jaliya's blog the Quoteable I ching with the title "I'm a terrible follower" not only made me smile but made me go back to the pile of Unfinished drawings and work on one of them.

I know, I know.... too many thoughs mixed up in a small text, which btw the best titles could be

"the difficulties of returning and following that horse without resistance "

yes ?


  1. welcoming you back in what ever way you return! thinking of you in the in between and holding you in my heart, xo K

  2. I can feel your hug !!! :)

    Love you .


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