From the I Ching Record Book —
Suggestions for How to Use Your I Ching Record Book
- You don’t always need to ask a question. You might let the I Ching tell you what you need to know right now.
- Start by noting your inquiry by writing down the response to your hexagram. You might use one of the suggested questions in this book.
- Don’t be vague. Be as specific as you can with your question.
- Katya Walter, author of “Tao of Chaos” says: “Don’t ask a yes or no binary question. Instead ask an analog question – one that can give you a 360 degree range of possible answers. Think of it like going into Baskin Robins with a world of possible tastes.”
- Don’t ask a question when you already know the answer.
- Remember that I Ching is best thought of as advice coming from an ancient and very wise source. Some people say to think of the I Ching as a person one might consult. I think of I Ching as calling on my DNA to guide me. I believe that the key to how the I Ching works is found in and controlled by DNA. We are all connected to each other.
- Write down your answer on the corresponding hexagram page where you can keep a record of when you received this response and your related comments.
- An advantage of having I Ching records in an e-book format is when you do an I Ching reading for another person you can print and give them notes on the appropriate page.
I find that keeping a record of my I Ching questions helpful. Sometimes the answers I get are very obvious as to their meaning but at other times I think, “What is that about?” Or, “I don’t think so.” Or, “I don’t like that answer.”
I experience the I Ching like I do dreams. They are both symbolic and often mysterious in meaning. In both instances, if I keep track and look back after some time, the meaning becomes clear. A simple example of this is when I ask my New Year question, “What will most characterize this coming year for me?” At the beginning of the year it is impossible to tell what will unfold during the entire year. I like getting a hint of what may be ahead. Sometimes I am surprised by what seemed like a weird hexagram to receive for the year but by the end of the year the response fits. I also keep a record for personal research of the I Ching, always testing to see if and how it works.