I am excerpting some content from my book, I Ching Prescriptions (Choosing Change) to briefly describe the underlying premise of the book and why I was inspired to create it.
If you have been viewing this blog for a while you know that I have been working for a long time on my graphic interpretation, I Ching Meditations. This version is different from my Prescriptions which are direct and easy to use, just like taking a pill might be. During the process of creating images for I Ching Meditations I experience each hexagram as a whole, with the 6 lines as one continual organic process.
Creating an image for each line of a hexagram is a slow and meditative process. I have to live with the hexagram during this process and came to feel that it is as if I had asked the I Ching a question and received all changing lines. I absorb the meaning of each line as it relates to the hexagram as a whole in a different way than when I ask a question and then read only the lines that changed. This process of working with the I Ching led me to the idea of choosing a situation for I Ching guidance rather than to only rely on the synchronistic method. I have read a number of I Ching articles on how to use the I Ching where the writer says to read only the lines that are changing for guidance. So I’m proposing a concept here with a different approach that goes against the traditional directions for consulting the I Ching. I use both methods.
Choose Your Changes
- When consulting the I Ching as a prescription, instead of asking a question in the traditional coin throwing approach, decide what issue in your life that you either want to deal with or are now involved in.
- Look at the list of the 64 Prescriptions. Decide what prescription you need.
- Look up the prescription distillation in the book and see how the advice applies to your life.
- Each I Ching prescription has seven parts to it; the general meaning at the top and the six phases written from the bottom up.
I have created a chart of all the hexagrams and their opposites that shows what a hexagram transforms to if all the lines change.
I have created a poster of the 2 charts which can be purchased at my Zazzle store .
Clicking the Plus one icon blow will take you to a free download of a PDF of these 2 charts.
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