Monday, January 31, 2022



For everything you have missed, you have gained something else;
and for everything you gain, you lose something else. –Emerson

Hexagram 41

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By: James Byrd

I.The Oracle 

A. Hexagram forty- one is Sun or Diminishing. Another interpretation is Decrease. The lower trigram is Dui: open, swamp or forest. The upper trigram is Gen: bound or mountain.      


B. The Judgment

   1. Decrease combined with sincerity 
       Brings about supreme good fortune
       Without blame. One may be persevering in this. 
   2. It furthers one to undertake something. How is this to be carried out?
       One may use two small bowls for the sacrifice.

C. The Image

  1. At the foot of the mountain, the lake:
      a) The image of Decrease.
      b) Thus the superior man controls his anger

           And restrains his instincts.

II. My interpretation 

A. "Diminishing"

There is as noted by this hexagram, loss, given the situation as it is. According to the conditions of the time, it is fitting that the strong should be diminished and that of the weak be strengthened. With this we are seeking equilibrium which will create harmony and freedom from errors, and above all, the superior man should without whim curb his desires and restrain his wrath.

One man walking alone is good because if one meets two others along the way there will be communications problems when it comes time to make crucial decisions on the furtherance of the way. One walking alone will not so much create doubt about his correctness.

Again, three men come one goes and find friends of his own liking who have no reservations about his motives, albeit if three friends arrive there will be cause for doubt due to the complexity of the friendships. 

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Byrd, James (2018) "The Future"
Huang, Kerson, and Rosemary (1987). I Ching
Karcher, S. and Ritesema, R. (1995). I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change [The First Complete Translation with Concordance]
Legge, James (2012). The I Ching: The Book of Changes (Sacred Books of China: The Book of Changes)
Reifler, S. (1974) I Ching: The World's Oldest and Most Revered System of Fortune Telling
Van Over, R. (1971), I Ching
Wilhelm, R., and Baynes. C.F. (1967). The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX)
Wilhelm, Hellmut and Richard Wilhelm (1995). Understanding the I Ching


The Taming Power of the Small


I.The oracle

A. Hexagram nine has more to do with the Superior man refining the outward aspect of his nature. Another variation is the idea of leaving the way of Tao and returning to it with loyal credence, in short, stay with what you know deep down in your being as right action: returning is good but try at best to be, and here comes my favorite word, "Consistent." "Be Consistent."

   1. You may stray from The Way, if you stop along the way, you should always find your way back, and this is all due to loyalty and understanding of The Way.
   2. Know that Success comes with being a strategic decision-maker, know which way to go? We see clouds coming from the west, will there be rain? Don't be capricious, trust your perception.

B. The Image

  1. Wind above, Heaven below
      a) The image of The Taming Power of the Small
      b) Thus, with this, we see an impending storm, do not forestall your position of staying on the path of Tao.

II. My interpretation 

A. The main understanding with Hexagram 9 is, one must stay on the way, refining one’s integrity and basic beliefs. Stay with your first thought about various conflicts, the same can be said about clouds gathering in the western sky and moving towards your direction. First though, the expectation of rain, with this image you should withdraw and seek shelter soon. But please return to The Way.
   1. The full moon draws near, attracts danger for a woman, misfortune for a gentleman, but don’t you get carried away by these times. Remember, there is value in small accumulations before the storm, but try not to enrich yourself at your neighbor’s expense. Again, don't change your mind, stay on the Path.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

4.Youthful Folly


The Lines

Bottom. [6] A person who lacks discipline will not be able to devote himself to the intensive study necessary to master a subject. Discipline does not mean the forced performance of dull routine, however. That only deadens the mind and replaces true inquiry. Discipline means focusing one's attention on the object of study until it becomes clear, until it is understood and can be used. The young child is accustomed to play and expects everything to be fun. But the serious student finds pleasure in working on something that is difficult until it becomes easy.

2. [9] A kind man is patient with inexperienced youth. He is meticulous with explanations to those who find it difficult to comprehend. He takes it as his responsibility to help and encourage such persons, not to ridicule and humiliate them. With tolerance and inner strength, such a man is able to lead large groups of the young and inexperienced.

3. [6] An inexperienced person, seeking improvement, loses his way if he indulges himself in adulation of a strong man that he views as a hero. It is not by becoming a devotee of some admired person, but by developing one's own inner self that a person is able to find his true self. Hero worship is bad for both the worshipper and the object of his adulation, because it focuses on a personal, emotional relationship rather than on the development of independence. A servile relationship only leads to disillusionment.

4. [6] There is little that can be done for one who is caught up in fantasy and unrealistic expectations. Such a person needs to escape his imaginative world and return to reality. The best thing a teacher can do is to abandon such a one to his folly until he comes back down to earth.

5. [6] To be childlike in attitude is to be open to receive instruction. Openness does not necessarily mean being gullible. It means not being arrogant, not being resistant nor full of oneself and one's own ideas. Such a mind is easy to teach, and is the perfect soil for developing a flourishing intellect.

Top. [9] At times, it is necessary to take firmer measures with youthful folly when it persists. But the punishment should be mild, and its purpose must be to educate, not to destroy. The desired end is that the wrongdoer learns to act more responsibly and to abandon his foolish ways. But excessive punishment will only teach resentment and harden attitudes, not serve to prevent a recurrence. The purpose of punishment for pursuing folly is not to inflict retribution, but to change behavior.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

50. The Cauldron

50.The Cauldron |

The Lines

Bottom. [6] Every man has a place in society, and every man can find success in life if he conducts himself in the right way, i.e., if he follows the right path. Not every man is destined to be a leader or a great man or sage. But by aligning himself with the universal forces of right, he can become everything he is naturally capable of becoming. This means he can find success, accomplish things, and be recognized as a good man and a contributor to his community. Every man is recognized by his fellow men, not for what he feels inside about his inner worth, but for what he accomplishes externally for the benefit of others. But he cannot make real progress in accomplishing things that benefit others unless he pursues rightful goals in a rightful way.

2. [9] It is the duty of every man to do something significant with his life -- something that distinguishes him as a person and that makes a contribution to the life of his community, however modest the contribution may be. Unfortunately, if he does this, he is bound to evoke the envy of some members of the community who view achievement in a competitive light. But as long as the man does not brag about his accomplishments and allows his work to speak for itself, this kind of petty envy will be seen by others for what it is, and it will do him little harm.

3. [9] A man of great abilities and good character remains unrecognized by his fellow men. He works hard and is quite productive, but the work he produces gains scant notice and has little or no influence. He feels frustrated and upset by this lack of recognition, and wonders if there is something wrong with him, or if his work is defective or unworthy. He fears that all of his personal assets and all the work he is doing is going to waste, and he asks himself if perhaps he should be doing something else that might be more effective. It is important for such a man only to make sure that what he does and how he does it is in alignment with the forces of the Universe, that is, with what is right. If those conditions are fulfilled, he need not worry. He should be patient, for in time his frustration will be relieved, his work will be recognized, and what he does will have influence on others. What is important is not what others think or recognize, but whether what he does is guided by what is right.

4. [9] A man has accepted a great but difficult opportunity which has great responsibilities, but he is not adequate for the task. Moreover, he does not even make as much an effort as he could, and wastes his time with unworthy companions, leaving the work in the care of others. This entire enterprise reeks with failure, and the man deserves nothing but personal humiliation for such an inept handling of his job.

5. [6] A kindly man of great modesty who is responsible for an important enterprise attracts expert helpers who ably assist him in carrying out his tasks. It is important that the man realize that it is his kind and modest attitude and his openness to able men that has enabled him to gather together these outstanding assistants, and this in turn is what has enabled him to be as successful as he has become. Were he to change and become proud and boastful following his great success and good fortune, he would be in danger of undermining the entire enterprise. It is his openness that holds everyone together, that makes them feel that they will be listened to and thus be effective, and that causes them all to want to contribute their very best. It is vital, therefore, that he retain this modest, open attitude and continue with the prescription for success that has worked so well for him thus far.

Top. [9] The wise sage, in dispensing his beneficial work to mankind, does so with the purest attitude and the utmost mildness of manner. His thoughts and intentions are in perfect harmony with the universal forces, and he finds favor with God and with men. He dispense his gifts freely and openly to all who choose to receive them, and the greatness of his vision is clear to all. The work he does is of great benefit to mankind and is influential over all who come within his sphere.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

Good morning - Receptive is the Word for Today!

The Receptive | 

Hexagram 2

By: James Byrd

I.The Oracle 

A. Hexagram 2 is Kun or Field. Additional variations include The Receptive, Acquiesce or the Natural Flow. Hexagram 2's lower trigram is field or earth, and its upper trigram is identical.    

B. The Judgment

   1. The Receptive brings about sublime success,
       Furthering through the perseverance of a mare.
       If the superior man undertakes something and tries to lead, 
       He goes astray; But if he follows, he finds guidance.
   2. It is favorable to find friends in the west and south, 

       To forego friends in the east and north.  
       Quiet perseverance brings good fortune.

C. The Image

  1. The earth's condition is receptive devotion.
  2. Thus the superior man who has a breadth of character 

       Carries the outer world.

II. Another interpretation 

A. "The Receptive."

"Above all, honor thy mother."  -- James B. 


"Be receptive and spacious like the ocean; let the river of changes flow to you. You might allow a partner to take the lead for now. Strive for a natural responsiveness that is based on inner strength rather than outer show. You will be able to go further by letting go of control rather than forging ahead under your own steam. Receptive power arises through alignment with creative power, not in opposition to it." -- Credit | iChing 2: Receptive Power (

Byrd, James (2018) "The Future"
Huang, Kerson, and Rosemary (1987). I Ching
Karcher, S. and Ritesema, R. (1995). I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change [The First Complete Translation with Concordance]
Legge, James (2012). The I Ching: The Book of Changes (Sacred Books of China: The Book of Changes)
Reifler, S. (1974) I Ching: The World's Oldest and Most Revered System of Fortune Telling
Van Over, R. (1971), I Ching
Wilhelm, R., and Baynes. C.F. (1967). The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX)
Wilhelm, Hellmut and Richard Wilhelm (1995). Understanding the I Ching


Thursday, January 20, 2022

How To Write a Business Plan To Start Your Own Business

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Start Your Own Business by Writing Business Plan. How to write a successful business plan for successful startups. Step By Step - How to write a business plan an effectively for starting your own business. Watch 11 Elements of Sample Business Plan - TOP 10 TIPS Before Starting Your OWN BUSINESS : Join our Young Entrepreneurs Forum - #youngentrepreneursforum Do you need a business plan for successful startups in India, USA, UK & Canada. Starting an own business needs working plan which compiles some important details about product & company. Problem Solving Skills To Start a Small Business - #startsmallbusiness 9 Steps For Writing a Business Plan - Required Steps to Write a Business Plan for your company or service. Step 1 - Define your vision 1:16 Step 2 - Set your goals and objectives for the business 1:50 Step 3 - Define your Unique Selling Proposition 2:29 Step 4 - Know your market 3:02 Step 5 - Know your customer 3:57 Step 6 - Research the demand for your business 4:47 Step 7 - Set your marketing goals 5:52 Step 8 - Define your marketing strategy 6:38 Step 9 - Take Action! 7:20 These all Steps are very important while you are writing a business plan for starting your own business. Life of Riley by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( Source: Artist: You must have to focus on Idea, Product,Strategy,Team, Marketing and Profit while you are writing business plan for your successful stratups.

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Coaching Business Success Plan

Coaching Business Success Plan
By Suzan Schmitt

Failing to plan for your coaching business is like planning to fail in your coaching business. You have to have a plan and work that plan. Would you go to a surgeon who did not have a plan for your surgery? Would you go to an accountant who did not have a plan for your taxes? Then why would you allow yourself not to have a plan for your own business?

Develop Your Marketing Plan and Work It

You must have a plan to marketing and grow your coaching business. Success does not usually happen by accident it requires planning and hard work on a consistent basis. Start with a marketing plan for your coaching business. Set goals and determine the strategies you will employ to reach those goals.

Your goals should include the income you desire, the number of hours you wish to work, the type of clients you want to work with, where you want to work and how you want to structure your business. Goals are not simply numbers of hours coaching or income earned they include lifestyle choices.

Have a System for Introductory Coaching Sessions that Results in Clients Signing Up

Getting potential coaching clients to have an introductory coaching session is one thing and getting them signed up for ongoing coaching is another thing. You must have a plan for your introductory coaching session to get clients to realize that they need coaching to solve their problem and that you are the right coach to help them.

Sample coaching sessions do not work to get coaching clients signed up for coaching. The goal of an introductory coaching session is different than a regular coaching session and should be designed to accomplish the specific goal of determining the client's needs and showing them how you can help them.

Business Systems that Ensure You Get Paid and Make it Easy for Clients to Pay

One coaching session is not sufficient to help a client achieve their goals so you need a system for payment that supports ongoing coaching. You also need a system that relieves you from as much accounting responsibility as possible.

You want a system that allows clients to pay on an automatic basis so that they do not have to make the decision to coach each time they work with you and so that you are relieved of tedious bookkeeping work.

Business Structure and Organization

It is important to protect yourself and your business by deciding how you want to structure your business legally. There are several choices for structuring a coaching business each with its own advantages and potential liabilities.

You will also need to organize your daily business activities and systems. You can make your business more cost effective and efficient by being deliberate about the work you choose to do yourself and what you choose to outsource.

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Saturday, January 1, 2022

The Small Gets By.

Hexagram 62

By: James Byrd

I.The Oracle 

A. Hexagram sixty-two is Xiao Guo, or Small Exceeding. Additional interpretations include Preponderance of the Small and Small Surpassing. The lower trigram is Gen: bound or mountain, and the upper trigram is Zhen: shake or thunder.      

B. The Judgment

   1. The Preponderance of the Small. Success.
       Perseverance furthers. Small things may be done; great things should not be done.
   2. The flying bird brings the message: It is not well to strive upward, 

       It is well to remain below. Great good fortune.

C. The Image

  1. Thunder on the mountain: (you heard?)
      a) The image of Preponderance of the Small.
      b) Thus in his conduct, the superior man gives preponderance to reverence.

           In bereavement, he gives preponderance to grief.
           In his expenditures, he gives preponderance to thrift. 

II. My interpretation 

A. "Small Exceeding"

Being somewhat modest is the theme of this hexagram. Do not overextend beyond your natural limits, although internally you might feel this is a time for you to take on more, for now, stay within your limits, sir.

As a means of staying in tune with the times, we are told to dwell on the idea of thrift and that of accepting the rewards of our small workings. Taking the low road would be a good idea for now. Again, do not fly too high as to overextend our assets, take things as they come good or bad, be subjective about all matters for the moment.

Do not get overinvolved with anger, impatience, or despair. Although you do hold a precarious position at the moment, which is above and beyond the ordinary, negative tenets such as anger, impatience, and despair, could lead to an avoidable downfall.

Have the mindset of humility and acceptance of your appointed position, be creative and take things as they come. Do not be so much objective with entrenched and rigid mandates. Take it one step at a time. - shop now!

Byrd, James (2018) "The Future"
Huang, Kerson, and Rosemary (1987). I Ching
Karcher, S. and Ritesema, R. (1995). I Ching: The Classic Chinese Oracle of Change [The First Complete Translation with Concordance]
Legge, James (2012). The I Ching: The Book of Changes (Sacred Books of China: The Book of Changes)
Reifler, S. (1974) I Ching: The World's Oldest and Most Revered System of Fortune Telling
Van Over, R. (1971), I Ching
Wilhelm, R., and Baynes. C.F. (1967). The I Ching, or, Book of Changes (Bollingen Series XIX)
Wilhelm, Hellmut and Richard Wilhelm (1995). Understanding the I Ching


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