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Yijing Hexagram Table by Zero-X

The I-Ching, Yijing or Book of Changes was born thousands of years ago in China. It started out as a divination manual and slowly evolved into a book of wisdom as well. Throughout the ages, people from all levels of society have turned to it for advice. They include emperors, statesmen, thinkers, merchants and common folk. Even today, the Yijing remains relevant. Thanks to the efforts of Richard Wilhelm, Carl Jung and the many Yijing enthusiasts out there, it is more famous and more widely read than ever. For me, it is the one book that I reread on a daily basis. If you wonder why, here is a list of benefits that I have derived from reading the Yijing.

Acting in Accordance with the Laws of Life

There are certain laws of life that remain the same throughout the ages. No matter which era or culture we are in, these laws are the same because the challenges that we face as human beings are the same. I will just give a few examples to illustrate my point. When we face shocks of fate, it is better to stay calm to manage it than to lose our cool. When the times demand that we wait, active waiting is always better than passive waiting. During good times, we should prepare for the bad times that will follow. During bad times, we should take heart because it will not last forever.

The Yijing is a book of timeless wisdom that reminds me of the laws of life. To live well, we have to know these laws to know how to behave during each moment. If we act with these principles in mind, we will live in peace and harmony with the world around us. But if we fail to do so, we will face problems in our days ahead.

Awareness of Actions and their Consequences

When you drop a stone into a pond, it creates ripples which flow outwards. Like the stone, our actions create ripples through life. They have consequences that may be good or bad for us. To compound matters, our actions may also affect others, leading to more actions and more ripples. Reading the Yijing has made me aware of the consequences of my actions and those of others. With this foresight, I am able to gauge how events are likely to unfold which allows me to adjust my actions to attain the results I want.

For example, let us imagine that I have to work with someone I dislike on an important project. If I allow my personal feelings to cloud my judgment, it could lead to a quarrel or a fight. Under such conditions, the project is likely to fail. But if I were to work to find common ground, it would help to minimize our differences. In doing so, we can focus our efforts on the project and succeed.

Yijing Hexagram Table by Zero-X

Acting in Harmony with the Times and Circumstances

Timing is everything. If we act in harmony with the times and circumstances, we are likelier to get double the results for half the effort. But if we go against the times, we end up expending double the effort for half the results. Knowing when we should act and when we should wait is crucial to success. By reading the Yijing we can recognize the times we are in and act accordingly to succeed.

An athlete who has just recovered from a serious operation would be in no condition to compete. If the athlete were to insist on doing so, he or she would only meet with failure and worsen their wounds. The timing is simply not right for action. But after the athlete has made a complete recovery and trained extensively, the times change. Under such conditions, the athlete is likelier to succeed at winning a competition. Not all cases in life are so clear-cut; this is where the Yijing can shed light on a situation for us.

Dealing with Changes and Tough Choices

How would your life change if you knew the outcome of events beforehand? What if you knew exactly what to do when you faced problems or change? This, for me, is the greatest benefit of the Yijing. It is not just a book of wisdom; it also has practical applications when it comes to making tough choices. Through divination, it is possible to foresee events and adjust our actions accordingly. Knowing how to deal with changes as they arise eliminates uncertainty and gives me peace of mind. With the Yijing by my side, I can face changes in career, relationships or life in general with less worry.

For example, let us imagine that I am applying for the job of admin executive at company A and B. To make things simple, let us assume that both companies offer the same pay and benefits for the position. Let us also assume that commuting back and forth from work is the same for both companies. Now, joining a new company is a big decision. The last thing I want is to end up in a working environment that is hard to bear. Thus, the deciding factor for me is how I would fair at each company. Knowing the answer before I work at either company allows me to decide which job offer to take. With the Yijing, I can divine the answer to make the best choice.

Taking Action

Few books have changed and shaped my life the way the Yijing has. But this is not surprising. I have always wanted to learn to manage change because change is the only constant in life. Only by learning to handle change can I live a life in harmony with my times and circumstances. And since the Yijing is a book on handling life and its changes, it will continue to remain useful and relevant to me in my days ahead. Do look out for my article next week. I intend to share my ideas and experiences in shaping the future with the Yijing.

Have you ever read the Yijing? If so, what are your thoughts and experiences about the book? If not, what do you think about the book so far? Do share your thoughts and comments below. :)

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  17 Responses to “The Benefits of Reading the Yijing”

  1. Years ago, I used the I Ching regularly, and found great wisdom there. Your post has inspired me to get it off the shelf and spend some time with it again.

    One of the things I appeciate about the I Ching is its connection to the Tao Te Ching, and also its reflection of the Buddhist notion of impermanence. The visual shift from one hexagram to another is a strong reminder that all things transform.

    At it essence, I think of the I Ching not so much as a foreteller of the future, but more as a path into our inner wisdom.
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    • Hi Galen,

      I am glad that you are familiar with the wisdom of the I Ching. It has been an indispensible guide for me ever since I discovered it. The Tao is an important concept with the I Ching. Only by being aware of the times will we know the best actions to take.

      The I Ching cannot foretell the future because the future is not set in stone, it is fluid, based on the choices that people make. However, I do use the I Ching to guide me in finding the best possible paths and courses of action to attain my goals. Divining with the I Ching is truly the best way to know the book well because we apply its wisdom to our lives to deal with the situations we face. In doing so, we access our inner wisdom to understand how to deal with the times. The I Ching sheds light on our dark paths so that we will know what lies ahead for us. But I am getting ahead of myself here. I will address my experiences in my upcoming articles after Christmas. This is something I have considered for weeks.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  2. Will have to make some research about it. I don’t really know much about it, but will stay tunned :)
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    • Hi Fernando,

      Do stay tuned in the coming weeks, because I have much to share that will make your research easier and open your eyes to a whole new world. ;)

      Thank you for your comments! :)

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  4. I’ve heard of this book, but I’ve never actually read it. However, there’s some really useful life lessons that you share here which are as true today as when the book was written.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Matthew,

      I am glad you found the life lessons useful. Do give the I Ching a read if you have the chance. I merely scratched the surface here.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  5. Hi Irving,
    I can see your passion for the Yijing. You have really mastered it too. It takes passion to master something as complex as the Yijing, or any divination tool for that matter. You have to be drawn to it – it has to speak to you and capture the imagination where it will bring images and feelings to mind for you to divine. The Yijing certainly seems to be the perfect tool for you.

    I started with Tarot and then astrology. Later I studied palmistry and handwriting analysis, but always revert back to Tarot and astrology when I want to “know” something. And, you’re right – we do become more intuitive as we use these tools. Now, I don’t need to use any tools at all. I just close my eyes and the images, feelings and words come. I cannot think of anything else more remarkable we can do in our lives than to heighten our senses to access information intuitively. I also can’t imagine what it would be like to go through life in such a “small box” as to know only what my five senses could deduce.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom of the Yijing with us. It’s truly fascinating.
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    • Hi Angela,

      Thank you very much for your compliments. It is great to receive affirmation from someone who is skilled as using intuition as you are. :)

      I started with astrology, then I dabbled a little in palmistry, but I knew I found what I was looking for when I discovered the I Ching. I hope that one day I too will be able to reach the level you have attained where you do not need to use any tools to access your intuition. That is truly fantastic!

      But I know that my journey with the I Ching has just begun and that I have a long road ahead. I do look forward to using the I Ching until the day I die. This is truly the most valuable skill that I have learned in my life. As you say, it is hard to go through life in such a “small box” after we have learned to use our intuition. It is hard to give up that foresight once we have a glimpse of the possibilities.

      In the coming weeks I shall be writing about my experiences and my belief in blending intuition with logic. I would be honoured if you shared your thoughts then.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  6. Very happy to learn more about the Yijing. What I find miraculous is how life brings to each of us just the right tools and resources to help us in our journey. And speaking of journey, may I say, Irving, how happy to be sharing it with you. Every good wish and have a very happy Christmas.
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    • Hi Christopher,

      It is good of you to stop by. I am glad you enjoyed learning more about the Yijing.

      Life is truly miraculous in providing us with the right tools and resources to help us in our journey.

      May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Christopher! It has been great knowing you! :)

  7. You know, I have never really thought of the I Ching as something to read! Funny! I will say tho that I have played around with a lot of different oracles, and the I Ching is consistently powerful for me. I’m not sure why, but I think part of it is that it has such substance. Superficial, it is not!

    Thanks for the reminder — like one of your other commenters I’ve kind of forgotten about it lately, but I will dust it off again.

    And nice to find you, too. I’ve never met a real Vizier before. ;-) (I found you at Farnoosh’s blog.)
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    • Hi Patti,

      Welcome to Han of Harmony! I am glad that you have stopped by! :)

      I have always found it easier to apply the I Ching rather than to just read it. I find that when I divine for my day for example, I end up paying close attention to what I read since it is something that will happen. I learn best when I apply the I Ching readings.

      I am glad you found me at Farnoosh’s blog. It is really nice to meet you and I love it that you have acquired a lifetime of wisdom with your various skills in divination, astrology, meditation and Reiki. I will probably be the one learning from you. :)

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  8. Irving,

    I have of course heard of the I ching and I am pretty sure seen a quote from it from time to time, but I cannot say that i have ever read it or spent any time studying it. It does seem like a book with some really good things to teach us.

    Since it is about life and changes and life is always (or should always be) changing it does seem likesomething that would always be relevant and as a person grows they could find it more interesting and relevant.
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    • Hi Steve,

      If you really want to learn more about change and the I Ching then do stay tuned in the coming weeks. I do intend to share my experiences in dealing with change using the I Ching. My tagline “Inspired Living in Harmony with Change” was inspired by the I Ching.

      Thank you for your comments! :)

  9. I look forward to more posts on this Irving.

    I regard myself as a book lover, but I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t have a copy of the I-Ching. I don’t think I have ever put my hands on one either. :oops:

    I first came across this as a Beatles fan, John lennon was introduced to it by his wife Yoko. I intended to get the I-Ching, along with the Tibetan Book of the Dead which Lennon mentioned as an influence for the song “Tomorrow Never Knows”.

    It’s too late to put the I-Ching on my Christmas list, so I will start looking out for it in second-hand shops. Thanks for putting this back in mind. 8)

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    • Hi John,

      I am sure you will enjoy the I-Ching once you get the hang of it. :)

      I do recall reading somewhere that the I-Ching had some connection with the Beatles, so this is it. Thank you for mentioning that Yoko introduced John Lennon to the book. It is interesting to see the I-Ching’s influence around the world.

      I have a copy of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, but I never really warmed up to it for some reason. Maybe the timing is not right for me yet.

      Stayed tuned for my articles on the Yijing! :)

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