Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Just one thing

Monday, February 1st, 2016

I spend a lot of time exploring and writing about the endless depths of Yijing readings. There are those little seeds of meaning hidden in the etymology of individual characters, the long resonances across the structure of the Sequence, the pictures to be painted with trigrams and stories to tell with nuclear hexagrams, the mythical […]

Four things I learned about Yi last year

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Last March I explained how I don’t know the first thing about Yi (namely, why these line-patterns mean these words). I’m happy to report that I still don’t, and I’m still lit up with curiosity and fascination for this strange and beautiful old creature we call Yi – and I think there’s something to be said […]

The real meaning of synchronicity

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Here’s an excellent article I stumbled across about the real meaning of synchronicity: Synchronicity and the mind of God: unlocking the mystery of Carl Jung’s “meaningful coincidence”. A quotation (among many I could have chosen): “The universe is a reflection of an underlying spiritual reality; all phenomena express the deeper ideas and principles of which […]

Where readings happen

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Reading a book about healing, I came across two diagrams of the relationships between external events and emotional response. The first, very simple, diagram, showed our common misconception. It had two boxes, one for ‘external events’ and one for ’emotional response’, and an arrow pointing from events to response. That’s our everyday idea of how […]

I just want to know if it’s going to happen

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The well-known problems with asking for a prediction Often, wanting a prediction is a thin veneer over what we really want. Sometimes I’ll encounter a beginner who wants more than anything to know what to do or how to be now, but who feels obliged to ask what’ll happen, because isn’t that the kind of thing […]

Using the Sequence in readings, part 2

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The changing lines Continuing from my previous post: Yi’s answer to ‘How to use the Sequence in readings?’, 25.4.6 to 3… 25.4: ´There can be constancy. No mistake.´ Line 4 is just across the threshold between inner and outer; it’s just stepped out into the world. So – in any hexagram – it tends to […]

Using the Sequence in readings

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

I’m working, bit by bit, on an advanced Yijing course – sharing ideas with Change Circle members as I go along. I’ve started with the Sequence of Hexagrams. On the one hand, this is a nice, simple place to start, as using the Sequence is about as un-technical as you can get. You look at the […]