– C.G. Jung
I found the I Ching many years ago and I’ve studied and used it extensively. It’s a book in which philosophy, sociology, psychology and more are symbolised and examined. These are some of my writings. I consider the book in relation to other subjects, sometimes without naming it. I go deep into the philosophy, which is rare.
There is a difference between establishing the I Ching and explaining it. The first has a logic of this means that within the system. It’s essential, but not sufficient or conclusive. The second is deeper but neglected, partly tracing back to the Ten Wings. They are a Confucian commentary, separate from the hexagrams.
There is a mystery layer to the I Ching because we don’t fully know how or why it began. There are other layers, relevant for today, where the book connects with ideas from Jung, Husserl, Hegel, Nietzsche, and other important thinkers.
Some people say the book is an oracle and I’m not interested in philosophy. But if they read for someone else, they dispense philosophy. Other people say the I Ching is a book of wisdom, not divination, but the same applies. If you find a relevant hexagram, it doesn’t matter how you do it, the wisdom becomes real not scholarly:
– Chung-Ying Cheng, The Primary Way