The hexagram relates to personal power, that is
power directly or indirectly under one’s own control. Such power may be exerted
psychologically or psychically, as an individual or as part of a
The hexagram describes a stage of development
where strength has
accumulated sufficiently for one to make a powerful thrust.
Expressions of power are risky. They
be measured carefully. The use of force can amplify mistakes and
generate unwanted reactions. One must also be mindful of not impinging
on bystanders. Importantly, expressions of personal power are
likely to obscure the more subtle expressions of universal power.
The hexagram is therefore not necessarily advocating that
power be used. On the one hand it may be indicating that
the time is conducive to an expression of
personal power, but on the other it may be questioning the need for doing so. If one harbours any uncertainty of
purpose it is better to refrain from acting forcefully than to
expose oneself or others to risk.
If one nonetheless chooses to exert power, one
must assume a
responsibility of care and control. This means using the least amount
of power necessary to get the job done and being in conscious control
of it at all times. Most importantly, it means being confident in one's
ability to stop, and in one's
ability to recognise when the time to stop has come.