The image of hexagram 27
Hexagram 27 has trigram Thunder below or inside, Mountain above or outside. Thunder is the one who makes things germinate and start to grow, Mountain is all things tangible and 'present'.
What does it mean, 'inner' and 'outer trigram' (popup)
When trigram Thunder is below (popup)
When trigram Mountain is above (popup)
Thunder below Mountain: the force of life within the body or in anything which 'lives', which makes things grow and keeps them healthy. It means both physically and mentally that one has to find the right food, nurturing and healthy, and enough of it. 'Living' is a wide concept: a book, an opera, an enterprise, a thought, or even a gesture towards someone, all these things need or bring food, all can be nurturing.
The old diviners gave this combination of trigrams a name: Yí. It means chin, cheek, maintenance, nourish, care for, rear, take care of oneself.
Ideogram of the hexagram name: a jaw or chin in a skull, and at right a big head, later a person with a big head. Yi can also be a facial expression, a tight jaw means anger or severity. Jie yi (jie is the name of hex.40) is laugh or smile ('release jaw').
The 'Great Image' says: Thunder at the foot of the mountain: jaws. The noble one uses cautious language and limited food and drink.
Hex.27 is the contrast of 28, which is about too much, excess, trespasssing.
Hex.27 is voiding excess, finding the healthy way.
Story: From all sides we absorb many kinds of things, they all enter our inner space. Be careful what you feed your body, but also what you allow to enter your mind. Watch the food you eat (yes, it enters your mind too!), the information you accept, the thoughts you think, the facts you decide to see, the phantasies you imagine.
All those together fill your soul, they shape your intuition, and they decide what you emanate.
If you eat inferior food, entertain ugly thoughts, believe distorted information, then you will never be able to live a valuable life. It will have no value for you and not for those around you. On the other hand, if you keep a sharp eye on all your food, you will develop an infallible intuition, a reliable guide for everything you do.