Hexagram #8 Accord

Accord is auspicious. Investigating and ascertaining, if the basis is always right, there is no error. Turbulence will come; those who are late are inauspicious.

Accord has the meaning of two parts harmonizing and being intimate with each other. In the body of the hexagram, one yang dwells in the place of honor, while the five yins above and below all follow it accordingly. Also, the quality of the hexagram is obedience by which to get through danger; therefore, it is called accord. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #8 Accord, The Taoist I Ching
What is auspicious about accord is that it is good to accord with what is right and what is real, and nothing is more important than to accord with the basis of true reality. The basis here is the one point of primordial yang energy trapped in the palace of Water ☵. This energy is produced by heaven, and so is called the vitality of the true one, the water of the true one, and the energy of the true one. This is the basic energy that produces things.

But this basic energy, falling into yin, is covered up by acquired conditioning. It is easy to lose and hard to find; if you are not utterly empty and calmly attentive, with your mind steadfast and your will firm, you cannot recover it. That is why one can only be free from error if one ‘investigates and ascertains the basis that is always right’.

If one is always correct, under that correctness rises the basic energy, and once the basic energy is restored, yin energy submits to it; then this is the original flawless undamaged integral pattern of nature, which is impeccable, the complete original basis. The classic The Dao de Jing says, Effecting utter emptiness, maintaining calm attention, as myriad things act in concert, I thereby watch the return. The Spring Suffusing the Garden says, The seven-times restored elixir is in people – first you should refine the mind and await the time.

In the body of the hexagram, the yang in the center of Water ☵. is in the honored position of correct balance; this represents the mind of Tao, consciousness of reality. When the mind of Tao is manifest, benevolence, justice, courtesy, and knowledge are rooted in the heart, the tangle of myriad principles is integrated fully into the celestial design; the sprouts of living potential grow and fill the world, the golden flowers of spiritual energy bloom – you may gather them freely, they are spiritual medicines. This is like water flowing on the earth, reaching everywhere. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #8, Accord, The Taoist I Ching

2 yin: Accord coming from within is correct and bodes well. 

Here flexible receptivity is central; before according outwardly, one first accords inwardly. This is accord coming from within. Accord from within is refining oneself and mastering the mind, gathering medicine (vital energy) according to the time, desiring to receive from the other, not losing oneself. This is internal accord being correct. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #8 Accord, The Taoist I Ching

Top yin: Accord without a leader bodes ill.

Being ignorant yet acting arbitrarily on one's own, one is incapable of inner accord and also incapable of outer accord. Relying on one's own yin alone, acting as one pleases, after all one will never get out. This is accord without leadership. Accord without leadership is a waste of one's life; one will grow old without accomplishment, bringing about one's own down- fall. This is someone who from start to finish does not know how to accord with people. When gathering medicine, it is necessary to use the bellows; when refining oneself, true lead is needed. If you carry out the path of accord without knowing the fundamental. without knowing the basis which is always right, acting arbitrarily, even if you don't fall into accord with the wrong people you will wind up in accord without leadership, causing error and suffering misfortune — this is the way it will inevitably turn out. So students should indeed approach true teachers. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #8, Accord, The Taoist I Ching

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Hexagram #8 Accord

The trigram Earth

King Gudea holding a vase with the Water of Life, Neo-Sumerian (2100 BC, Louvre)
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A stela with two facing figures in accord, Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico, representing the first and the last yang.
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