Richard Layzell Blog » I Ching ResCen: Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:59:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Enthusiasm Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:16:48 +0000 Richard Yü / Enthusiasm


Thunder comes resounding out of the earth:

The image of ENTHUSIASM.

Thus the ancient kings made music

In order to honour merit,

And offered it with splendour

To the Supreme Deity,

Inviting their ancestors to be present.

When, at the beginning of the summer, thunder – electrical energy – comes [...]]]> Yü / Enthusiasm


Thunder comes resounding out of the earth:

The image of ENTHUSIASM.

Thus the ancient kings made music

In order to honour merit,

And offered it with splendour

To the Supreme Deity,

Inviting their ancestors to be present.

When, at the beginning of the summer, thunder – electrical energy – comes rushing forth from the earth again, and the first thunderstorms refresh nature, a prolonged state of tension is resolved.  Joy and relief make themselves felt.

So too, music has the power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions. The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself voluntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic movement of the body. From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified mankind.

I Ching hexagram No 16, thrown 5th December, shortly before The River Flows in Many Directions at the Same Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art


O is a Chinese character. It means nothing.


Blue was by far the most popular colour here, in the small survey.


There are many rivers in the Square Mile.


Four people looked into the history of the magician Te Kianying (whose land became Kanjiang Park) on four separate occasions. They found nothing.

So I imagine how he might have looked. This picture comes the closest. But it’s not him.

the magic one

I can now celebrate what it means to be a Foreigner in Shanghai and I embrace it.

Old foreigner

And the people looked and knew this really was a foreigner.

A foreigner who loved China.

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INCREASE. It furthers one

To undertake something.

It furthers one to cross the great water.

Sacrifice on the part of those above for the increase of those below fills the people with a sense of joy and gratitude that is extremely valuable for the flowering of the common good. In [...]]]> I / Increase


INCREASE.  It furthers one

To undertake something.

It furthers one to cross the great water.

Sacrifice on the part of those above for the increase of those below fills the people with a sense of joy and gratitude that is extremely valuable for the flowering of the common good.  In such times of progress and successful development it is necessary to work and make the best use of the time.  This time resembles the marriage of heaven and earth, when the earth partakes of the creative power of heaven, forming and bringing forth living beings.  The time of INCREASE does not endure, therefore it must be utilised while it lasts.

I-Ching hexagram No 42, thrown 19 November 09



Total carbon emission generated by Shanghai in one year is nearly double that of Sydney and triple that of Tokyo, according to recent research on climate change in Asia and major Pacific cities.

With industry generating more than 60% of local carbon emissions, restructuring of industry holds the key, said experts from Tongji University’s College of Environmental Science.

Preliminary results compared carbon emission and climate policies if Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Bangkok.

According to the research, Shanghai, with the biggest population and the fastest economic growth of the four, discharged more than 5400 tons of carbon equivalent a year. That was the highest total carbon emission of the four cities, and also the highest per unit of gross domestic product.

Sydney had the highest emission per person and per square kilometre.

Shanghai Daily, 17 November 09



Asia Pacific leaders are backing away from a target of halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, pledging instead to ”substantially” slash them by that date, the latest draft of their summit statement says.

“The 50 percent reduction did appear in the draft, but it was very controversial,” said Yi Xianliang, counsellor at the department of treaty and law at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is negotiating in the climate talks.

“If the reduction was in this statement, it might have disrupted negotiations,” Yi told a news conference, adding the decision to remove the target was a collective decision.

Hopes have largely been dashed that the Copenhagen meeting will yield a legally binding framework for a new climate deal. Arguments over targets have been a key stumbling block in U.N. negotiations and at other forums, such as the G8.

Reuters, Singapore, 14 November 09

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Innocence ( The Unexpected) Tue, 03 Nov 2009 14:37:40 +0000 Richard Today’s hexagram thrown from the I Ching is Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected):

Ch’ien, heaven is above; Chen, movement is below. The lower trigram Chen is under the influence of the strong line it has received from above, from heaven. When, in accord with this, movement follows the law of heaven, man is innocent [...]]]> Today’s hexagram thrown from the I Ching is Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected):

Ch’ien, heaven is above; Chen, movement is below.  The lower trigram Chen is under the influence of the strong line it has received from above, from heaven.  When, in accord with this, movement follows the law of heaven, man is innocent and without guile.  His mind is natural and true, unshadowed by reflection or ulterior designs.  For whatever conscious purpose is to be seen, there the truth and innocence of nature have been lost.  Nature that is not directed by the spirit is not true but degenerate nature.  Starting out with the idea of the natural, the train of thought in part goes somewhat further and thus the hexagram also includes the idea of the unintentional or unexpected.


INNOCENCE.  Supreme success.

Perseverance furthers.

If someone is not as he should be,

He has misfortune,

And it does not further him

To undertake anything.

Nine in the fourth place means:

He who can be persevering

Remains without blame.

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