Hilary Barrett, I Ching

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Questions of choice

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

I spend a lot of time thinking about what we ask the Yi and helping other people find their questions. This is a bit odd, because finding the question really isn’t complicated at all. It’s not a matter of devising a question nor even really of deciding on one, but of finding it: discovering what you’re […]

Hexagrams and their scale

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

I started work recently to research a post on Hexagram 23, Stripping Away – a hexagram of loss, whether that means painlessly shedding what’s outlived its usefulness, or having something you’re very much attached to torn away. Looking through a dozen reading experiences with this one, I was struck again by how much hexagrams don’t describe […]

You vs Yi? What if the reading feels wrong?

Friday, February 26th, 2016

It’s not uncommon to have the experience of a reading confirming what you already know – even if you hadn’t quite acknowledged that you knew it. But what when the reading simply goes against what you feel is right? You’re drawn to do something, you’re excited about doing it, your intention’s taking shape… and you ask Yi, […]

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 […]