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 […]

Hexagram 20: the Tower?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Hexagram 20 is called Seeing – but if your I Ching experience began with Wilhelm, then you’ll be familiar with the idea that the shape of the hexagram itself is a picture of an ancient tower: ‘A tower of this kind commanded a wide view of the country; at the same time, when situated on […]

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 […]

Giving readings more space

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

I’ve been blessed with some wonderful reading clients over the past year, and I’m hugely grateful for the experience. I’ve witnessed clarity dawning, knots untying themselves, blocks dissolving – Yi at work. I love it. And… I realise there’s something I need to tweak a bit to create more space for the reading to happen. […]

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 […]

Theme and variations

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

From its first appearance in the first words of the Yi, the creative flow through the four characters yuan heng li zhen is tangible. Its power is felt in the other five hexagrams with the whole, uninterrupted formula. But the natural cohesion of the four-word formula can also be felt in the hexagrams where it […]