yì (意)

literally, “meaning or idea,” as in 意義 (yìyì) or 意思 (yìsi); “wish, desire, or intention,” as in 意願 (yìyuàn); “regard or attention,” as in 注意 (zhùyì); “think or expect,” as in 意想 (yìxiǎng);

yì (意) is one of the wǔshén (五), which is associated with the Earth phase, and it is generally translated as “intention” or “thought,” though it also refers to an individual’s presence and attention. Zhì (志) and yì (意) are frequently used together, and in those cases, they can often best be considered a complex, which I’ve rendered as “purposeful intent;” the key reason to consider these aspects of shén (神) as complexes is that the three complexes can then be understood at the activating factor of the three qì (as in Sùwèn 3.1.4).

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