Hexagram #25. Fidelity (No Error)

Fidelity is creative and developmental. It is beneficial to be correct; if it is not correct, there will be disaster, and it will not be beneficial to go anywhere.

Fidelity means wholehearted sincerity without duplicity. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is Heaven ☰, strong, and below is Thunder ☳, active. Being active, firm and strong, wherever one's determination lies, one carries it out; therefore it is called fidelity.

This hexagram represents vigorous advancement of yang; it follows on the previous hexagram stripping away. Stripping away means that when one submits to one's desires, yin strips away yang. The stripping away of yang is all because of not knowing how to advance yang, and having it stripped away by yin. If you know how to advance yang, and the one thought is pure and true, during the twelve hours of the day, without interruption, consider essence and life the one matter of importance, then external things cannot thwart you, and you can gradually reach true fidelity, the state of integration with celestial principle; this is fidelity with the path of creation and development.

In the hexagram, the action is in the inside; this is setting the will on the Tao. Once the heart is set on the Tao and the living potential is activated, the original creative energy returns. In the hexagram the strength is on the outside; this is earnestness in practice. When earnest in practice, celestial qualities can be cultivated and the original creative energy can grow. It is through this restoration and growth that fidelity is creative and developmental.

However, though one be capable of creativity and development, it is of course inevitable that it is only beneficial if the action is correct and the strength is correct. When action is correct, the original creative energy is not damaged; when strength is correct, the original creative energy increases. By correct fidelity, the mind of Tao is always present, the human mentality becomes extinct, and one sees again the original self as it really is, at peace, unmoved by ten thousand things.

If fidelity is not right, then when one acts it is not at the right time, and exertion of strength is inappropriate; though one originally wanted fidelity, without error, on the contrary one produces falsehood and error – this is called disaster, in which case it is not beneficial to go anywhere. The advancement of yang is aimed at fidelity to truth, because there is vanity and falsehood; fidelity that is not right does things on the basis of the human mind, acting in pursuit of personal desires. Then the medicinal substances are not genuine, the firing process is amiss — how can one complete the Great Way? Therefore the path of fidelity, in which creation and development are inherent, is most beneficial when correctly oriented; only then is it genuine fidelity, without error. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #25, Fidelity, The Taoist I Ching
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The hexagram Fidelity

On the left the Liushutong character, in the middle another ancient shape and on the right the present shape of the character
for Hexagram #25 Fidelity

True fidelity; Romeo (the mind of Tao) and Juliet (the beautiful girl) , by Ford Madox Brown, Delaware Art Museum,

But soft, what light through yonder window breaks. It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
-- Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

True mercury is not ordinary material mercury, but the formless immaterial spiritual essence of conscious awareness in the human body. Because it is yang outside and yin
inside, it is also called the beautiful girl.
-- Liu Yiming, The Inner Teachings of Taoism