This inauspicious hexagram nevertheless signifies a trend that we've all sometimes faced: the period when the earth underneath your feet cracks and you feel the ground shifting underneath them. The secret of survival, which the I Ching is there to help you achieve, is to remember that even when things do fall apart, they eventually settle down again, though generally in a new configuration. The secret is to be able to brace yourself and maintain your dignity/aplomb/integrity as well as you can till you find your footing again. Bad periods, like every other sort, eventually pass. To avoid sinking, you've got to accept where you are and work to keep your balance.
A hard lesson for us westerners----but an important one.
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