The I Ching,
also known in the West as The Book of Changes,
may be the oldest book in the world.
Originating thousands of years ago among the
courtly shaman-diviners of ancient China, it
springs out of the unconditioned consciousness
of primeval humanity. Here are truly
fundamental perceptions of reality, distilled
into inter-related images of physical and
spiritual reality. The images are associated
with numbers, and the numbers may be derived
from certain technical manipulations that
enable a skilled psychic reader to use the
book as an oracle. In fact, the book has been
used and abused for fortune telling from its
earliest days. It had itself evolved out of a
still more ancient divining tool known as the
Tortoise Oracle, which wisdom it incorporated.
In Chinese, "ching"
means book. "I" means change, or changes. Thus
the name may be translated as The Book of
Changes. But "I" means not only change.
Strangely enough, it also means permanence, or
the unchangeable. The Book of Changes views
all of the changes that we and the world go
through as an unfolding of the immutable laws
and principles of existence. By explaining our
present situation in terms of the natural laws
that have given rise to it, we can know where
we are headed and what the future is likely to
The I ching
views the universe as a natural and
well-coordinated system in which the process
of change never ceases. It presents human
nature and destiny as based on principle and
order. Study of the I ching thus makes it
possible for us to orient individual human
activities and situations within the larger
context of harmonious interactions between
people, nature, and the cosmos.
The I ching
is a practical guide through the perplexities
and insecurities of daily life. It roots our
actions, experiences and expressions in the
fundamental ground of existence. It's
beautiful commentaries help to give us the
moral strength we need to fulfill our ideals.
The loveliness of its images provide endless
joys of meditation, study and contemplation.
The heart of
the book is in its images. There are
sixty-four in all, and the psychic reader must
be familiar with the particular meaning of
each one, as well as the ways in which one
image relates to, and may change into, another
image in the course of time. Age-old
traditions describing the images through the
medium of imaginative verse help the intuitive
and psychic personality to disclose the
underlying themes. And, in addition, a great
number of philosophers have written
commentaries about the images in the I Ching.
The legendary contributions of Confucius, or
Kung-fu-tse, from about 500bc are the most
celebrated, but there have been many others of
comparable scope and quality. The images have
been interpreted from the point of view of
many of the world's religions, including
Christianity, and they have been related to
secular concerns in translations like the one
that has guided the affairs of present-day
Japan's pre-eminent corporate leader,
Indeed, the I
Ching may be consulted for a psychic reading
on virtually any subject or concern. All
things in Heaven and Earth are dreamt of in
this philosophy, Horatio.
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