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“How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.”~ Karl Wilhelm von Humboldt
Divination and Inspiration: The I Ching
A great source of guidance can be found in one of the oldest books on earth; the I Ching or Book of Changes. The I Ching is considered by many to be the backbone of Feng Shui and was written by ancient Taoist masters who closely examined the natural world. By following The Tao or “The Way” they were able to perceive patterns that led to a more harmonious life.
Ultimately this became a system based on the energy movements of Yin represented by broken lines and Yang solid lines. These eight trigrams are the foundation of the Bagua and are an integral part of Feng Shui.
How to Use The I Ching or The Book of Changes for Divination
Through the years readings were condensed to tossing three coins. Take three pennies and toss them on a flat surface. Two or three heads is a yang line ( ). Two or three tails is a yin line ( ). Do this a total of six times and write it down beginning from the bottom and working up.
The hexagram is divided into two trigrams; the bottom three lines are called the lower trigram; the top three lines are the upper trigram; together they create the 64 hexagrams below. Look on the chart to determine which hexagram you have cast.
Find the number and then look up the meaning here. Interpret your answer and choose the best course of action you wish to follow.
The I Ching or Book of Changes is a wonderful resource to help understand the ebbs and flows of life. It is a great psychological tool as well, when appropriately used. The great philosopher Confucius said that he wished he had another 50 years of life which he could devote to studying the I Ching and thus avoid many errors.
H. H. Grandmaster Lin Yun introduced us to his very effective method that uses six coins, one time. Spend an hour with Katherine Metz learning to use the I Ching to its fullest. You will broaden your source of inspiration as you support yourself and others.
Enjoy and have a beautiful blossoming productive Spring!