Hexagram #14. Great Possession

In great possession are creation and development.

EXPLANATION: Great possession means greatness of possession. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is Fire ☲,  luminous, and below is The Creative (Heaven) ☰, strong. Acting strongly with lucidity, producing understanding in the midst of strength, growing increasingly illumined as strength increases, growing increasingly strong as illumination increases, it is therefore called great possession.

This hexagram represents wealth with daily renewal, governing the inward with strictness; it follows on the previous hexagram Obstruction. In Obstruction, yin energy acts while yang energy retires; one accepts the false and loses the real, obstructing the openness of consciousness, becoming darker and darker daily until the original celestial virtues are completely gone. If you want to restore celestial qualities, producing something where there is nothing, it cannot be done but for the path of strength and illumination.

What is strength? It is the one thought pure and true, adamantly strong and unbending. What is illumination? It is illumining the ten thousand things, with open consciousness undimmed. If one can be strong, the mind is firm and the will far-reaching, cultivating every appropriate path and establishing every virtue, having such wealth in abundance. If one can be lucid, one can discern principles dearly and thoroughly, seeing surely with real knowledge, taking to is good, reforming every fault, being daily renewed.

Once one is strong and lucid, one has inner autonomy and cannot be moved by anything. This is real true practice. It is like the sun being in the sky, its light shining on everything, covering everything; nothing can deceive it. Yellow sprouts cover the earth, golden flowers bloom throughout the world; wherever one may walk, everywhere is the Tao. With the greatness of possession and the far range of action, nothing started fails to develop. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #14 Great Possesion, The Taoist I Ching

First yang: If there is no association with what is harmful, one is not blameworthy. If you struggle, there will be no fault.

EXPLANATION: In the beginning of great possession, what one has is not great; one should practice hidden inward cultivation, not injuring internal reality by outside things — therefore, not associating with what is harmful, one is not blameworthy. However, even if one doesn't get involved in external things, if there still are wrong thoughts arising within, these too are things, and are harmful and blameworthy. One must struggle to deal with them, cultivating oneself and mastering the mind, so that the false leaves and the real comes, and one can have what one had not; only then is it possible to be faultless start to finish. This is the beginning of possession, which requires quiet nurturing within. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #14 Great Possesion, The Taoist I Ching

Top yang: Help from heaven is auspicious, unfailingly beneficial.

EXPLANATION: In the end of great possession, firmness and flexibility match each other, strength and lucidity are as one; integrated with celestial principle, the gold elixir crystallized, one's fate depends on oneself and not on heaven. Therefore help from heaven is auspicious, unfailingly beneficial. That by which heaven commands people is the quality of strength; that by which people obey heaven is the quality of illumination. When one preserves strength by illumination, the order of heaven is always present; when the order of heaven is present, then heaven helps one. This is great possession requiring the completion of the celestial.
Human life in the world has a mission, which alone is important; with this direction there is life, without it there is death. If one cannot find happiness in this mission, this direction, this order, everything else is empty and false. That to which heaven directs humanity is only good; if one can find happiness in that command, then this is obeying heaven……Having the direction of heaven is the greatest of possessions; no external possessions in the world can compare with it. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #14 Great Possesion, The Taoist I Ching

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Hexagram #14 Great Possesion



On the left the ancient shape of the
character for Hexagram #14 Great Possession. On the right the present-day shape.






See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Three wise monkeys over the Tōshō-gū shrine in Nikkō, Japan






The monk, representing the mind of Tao, is strong and lucid, ignoring the lower self, who is unsuccesfully trying to kill the mind of Tao (The Dance of Death, The Munster of Bern, Switzerland, 15th C.)
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Two Kings of light, representing the beginning and the end, the first and last yang, which is the completion of the celestial resulting in Great possesion. (Unkei school of sculptors, Todaiji temple, Nara, Japan)
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The Greatest of Possesions; the presence
of the Original Spirit.