Sunday, March 21. 2010
Asking many questions to the Yijing is most often not very helpful and does not bring any positive progress to your situation. If you don't give yourself the time to understand the first answer from the Yi, then there is no use in asking again - and again - and again. If the root is not properly planted the tree will not grow. The same goes for all the systems that can be applied to extract meaning from the answer, adding information to information. They also form a terrific fire exit if you don't (want to) understand the first answer. But it doesn't make the answer go away, it only obfuscates it. Therefore, "too much is less than enough".
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I like this. Does this mean you do not work with Resulting Hexagrams when there are changing lines?
Hola Harmen; Excellent post.Regarding questions sometime ago I decided not to ask a specific question but,rather describe the situation.In that way I would be able to see the situation as it really is-what forces are at play -where I fit into it-rather than asking a specific personal querry.It all came from asking myself what do i want from an I Ching reading:advise or to know if I can get my way?Sometimes we miss the forest for focusing too much in our particular tree thus overlooking important bits of information and advise. Sergio
Hi Sergio, thank you for your comment. You describe exactly what I mean.
Most of the times people ask the I Ching with a passive attitude,expecting the book to solve their problem without realizing that is not the way it works-you are the agent of change and also part of it therefore there is a time for action and a time for non action but without you as the protagonist it becomes just fortune cookie divination. Sergio
Really enjoyed this, thank you, especially #8. Oh, and 4, and 5. And #7 is a hobby-horse I've been riding for years, possibly to death. About #2 - what works for me is to think of it as receiving both hexagrams, in combination and relationship, with the second showing - often - where you stand in relation to the first. If someone can recognise herself in the second hexagram, that frees her up to receive the advice in the first one. I think in the example you quote the main problem was with latching hungrily onto the part of the reading that said 'consult again'. Hexagram 8, anywhere in a reading, often prompts people to ignore the whole thing and reach for the coins again. And about #3... could not agree more about not trying to work it out but instead asking again. That way lies giant muddle. However, using techniques to deepen your understanding of the reading you received is a very good way to avoid that muddle, because it often leads to the realisation that the extra questions you wanted to ask are all already answered.