Bottom.  The Creative Force is still potential and
unrecognized. Nevertheless, the superior man is aware of the potentiality of
this force and does not lose sight of the developing possibilities. He is not
concerned about the absence of effect, because he knows that all is only at the
beginning and not obvious to others. His virtue at this time is patience, and
he does not seek to force something into being when the time is not ripe.
2.  The effectiveness of the superior man begins to show
itself, but things are still in their earliest phases. His position is still
modest, though others begin to realize that he is a man that can be counted
upon. He is steady and reliable, and his singleness of mind means he is someone
from whom important actions may proceed in the future. He is therefore someone
to associate with from the very beginning.
3.  The superior man's influence begins to grow, and he
is able to handle himself well. While others are able to relax, he remains busy
with details and involvements. The danger at this stage is that he might get
carried away with his own self-importance and lose sight of his mission and
purpose. But the truly superior man is not distracted by the pomp and
circumstance. He is able to visualize his goals and stick with them, thus
avoiding the traps that ambition might lead him into.
4.  Now there is a crossroad; the superior man has a
choice. He can become an important actor on the world's stage, or he can
withdraw from it all and develop his inner self. He can be a man of renown, or
he can be a man of great spirit. Neither is right nor wrong. It is his choice,
and he is sufficiently developed to make the choice that is correct for
himself. He will find, whatever his choice, that it works well for him.
5.  Now the superior man reaches the highest levels that
any man is capable of. He is able to exert great influence, and is widely
recognized as a man of spiritual achievement. While realizing this himself, he
is not beset by pride, ambition, or other attachments. Others are glad to make
his acquaintance and feel blessed by his presence.
Top.  Even in the search for spiritual attainment, pride
and ambition can burrow their way in. If a man becomes obsessed with his own
self so that he loses his way and his ties to others, he loses his essential humanness
and that which connects him to the real world. Thinking more of himself than of
his place in the real world, he ultimately fails. All 9's. When all lines are
nines, the hexagram changes into The Receptive, and the Creative and the
Receptive blend together to form an inner strength of vision derived from the
Creative, and an outer mildness of manner derived from the Receptive. Such
a happy combination works well in one's relationship with mankind, and
happiness and abundance are the result