Hexagram #9 Nurturance by the Small

Nurturance by the small is developmental. Dense clouds do not rain, proceeding from one's own western province.

EXPLANATION: Nurturance by the small is making the small one's nourishment. As for the qualities of the hexagram, above is Wind ☴,
 submissive, below is Heaven ☰ strong: Being strong, yet acting submissively, the submissiveness subdues the strength, and strength cannot act on its own. Therefore it is called nurturance by the small, which also means being held back by the small.-- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #9 Nurturance by the Small, The Taoist I Ching
This hexagram represents nurturing the great by the small; it follows on the previous Hexagram Army. The path of the army is using yang to repel yin, for which it is important to first nourish the yang. When one is able to nourish the yang, then one keeps to oneself by the small, full but not overflowing, firm but not aggressive, having, yet appearing not to have, full yet seeming empty. The heart grows daily humbler, while the virtue grows daily higher. One can thereby gradually get to the realm of sages. This is why nurturance by the small is developmental.

However, though nurturance by the small is developmental, if the smallness is excessive, this is doing things weakly, so that the path of firmness recedes from its proper place, the will is not robust, and one becomes feeble and ineffective: With the nurturance small, the development is small, so that the action is not far-reaching, and the great Tao is therefore hard to attain. This is like "dense clouds not raining, proceeding from one's own western province." Yin energy coalesces as clouds, yang energy arrives as rain: As long as clouds do not rain, the yin energy is prevalent while the yang energy is weak, and the living potential is on the verge of cessation; that which is near, in oneself, is not even taken care of, so how could one seek that which is afar, in the other? When one small empty voidness enters into quietism, how can one restore one's celestial original state? So one must know the process of nurturance by the small.
-- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #9 Nurturance by the Small, The Taoist I Ching

5th yang: There is truthfulness in companionship; prosperity is shared with the neighbor.

EXPLANATION: The strength of yang proceeds docilely into the center of balance; truth is in the center, yin and yang are merged, the gold elixir crystallizes. This is having truthfulness in companionship. With truthfulness in companionship. the basis is stable, the country is peaceful, the basis of life is firm; one should hasten to transmute the nature of the temperament to return it to the essence of real knowledge. This is like sharing prosperity with the neighbor. This is the nurturance of being small yet containing the great. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #9 Nurturance by the Small, The Taoist I Ching

Top yang: It has rained and settled. The moon is almost full; it bodes ill for the superior person to go on an expedition.

Firmness is in the position of flexibility at the end of nurturance by the small. This is like when it has rained and settled. Rain is that whereby extreme dryness is ended; once it has rained, the yang energy is settled and does not rise too high. Once it is settled, the yang energy is harmonious and there is no need for rain.The end of nurturance by the small is precisely the time for nurturance by the great; if one winds up small and cannot be great, yin then injures yang. This is like the moon nearing full, after which the light will gradually wane. If noble people who cultivate the Tao only know the small and do not know the great, they may thereby maintain quietude in solitary tranquility, without action or striving, but if they try to thereby fulfill their nature and reach their destiny, to travel the Path to its further reaches, they will only call misfortune upon themselves. This is the nurturance of ending up small and not knowing the great. -- Liu Yiming, Hexagram #9 Nurturance by the Small, Accord, The Taoist I Ching

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Dense clouds, by the Celestial
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Two Kings of light representing strong virtues yang energy. (Unkei school of sculptors, Todaiji temple, Nara, Japan)
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