The reality of I Ching

I Ching Hexagram

Of all the predictive disciplines that are  seemingly here to help us through our current incarnations on this planet, the strangest  mainstream one that I have come across is the I ching. This is a very ancient chinese skill (from 3000 BC) and a  surprisingly widely practised art.

How does it work?

The mechanism uses  not cards, but  coins or yarrow sticks and a book  of Taoist Philosopy also called the I Ching, or book of changes. The book  is used to  interpret what the sticks or coins have indicated.  The tradition involves throwing the coins or sticks and converting the results into hexagrams (as illustrated above). They are thrown with a particular question, or topic on which you require guidance, in mind.  The meaning of the particular hexagram  can then be found in the book of I Ching. This will give you guidance or  the answer to your question.


 Simplistically though, for instance, a combination of two particular hexagrams will indicate number 62. This is called HSIAO KUO- small things. It says in my version;

“Do not aim too high, the bird’s song is sweeter when it is flying low. Small things may be done successfully but not large things. Attend to the small details, especially in public endeavors.”

You would then apply this to the question.  It could be interpreted as  a warning not to  embark on any large enterprises at the moment and to watch the detail. Often the divination’s can, on the surface,  seem to be  quite obscure and can be interpreted in many different ways.  The thrower should  know what interpretation is the right one though.

There are in practice many more complex layers to this, which those  wise ones who have studied the subject more deeply would understand or operate.

Does this work?

Many people, even in our western culture, routinely use the I ching for guidance. I personally know people who successfully used the I ching before embarking on business deals or missions.

Why should this work?

As with all of these predictive arts this is a major puzzle. What does its working reveal about the fundamental nature of our reality?

The best answer I could find was on the web site of Bob Sherman

” It is an oracle that charts the flow of the ying and yang, revealing glimpses of the higher order of the universe”

Interesting stuff.

What do you think?

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