I Ching


“Like a part of nature, it waits until it is discovered. It offers neither facts nor power, but for lovers of self-knowledge, of wisdom – if there be such – it seems to be the right book

– 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 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:


 

“Divination, therefore, becomes a practical way of fulfilling oneself in certain critical conditions of life”

– Chung-Ying Cheng, The Primary Way


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  Everything happens. Nobody has something forever. This is how we have to live. – Haruki...


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Voice of the Silence
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Call and Response
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  The Yi has two aspects: the spatial aspect of correlation of things, and the temporal aspect of succession...


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Fields of Action
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