…building confidence in your relationship with the I Ching
This is a live online class on the foundations of confident Yijing (=I Ching) interpretation. It’s designed to clear away whatever obstacles stand between you and confidence in your own Yijing readings. If you…
- have trouble applying the imagery to your own situation and question
- worry that your biases may be distorting your interpretation
- are baffled by apparent contradictions between different parts of a reading
…and find yourself giving up on a reading when you wanted and needed its help, then this class is for you.
It’s easy to get lost in a reading but Hilary’s insight can clarify and reveal facets of new interpretation. I liked the interaction of the class and the brainstorming process.
For me I feel I needed the personal interaction with Hilary and the other classmates and I wasn’t disappointed.Tim Swezey
I’ll be guiding you through the syllabus of the existing Yijing Foundations Course. So this is like the course – with all the essentials for good readings and none of the optional extras – plus…
- full ‘immersion’ in the processes of interpretation with oodles of opportunity to practice (both on the calls and inbetween)
- my personal help and support all the way
- the company of a group of fellow-students to learn with (and from!).
The class will start on March 29th 2020. It’ll be for just 12 people at most, as I’ve found that number works well – enough for a lively group, but few enough that we can get to know one another, with ample time for me to help everyone individually.
Here’s an excerpt from the very end of the final call of the last Foundations Class (which, yes, happened to fall on my birthday!):
How can you get to know the oracle?
The Yijing is an astonishingly beautiful work of art and a store of great wisdom, but more importantly, it’s a working oracle. This means that the only way to get to know it is through your own readings. (It’s not so different from getting to know another person: you need to talk with them.)
Sometimes this works beautifully… and sometimes it’s a bit like being parachuted into the middle of a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. There’s too much information: one massive blur of hexagrams, lines and strange imagery. Where are you meant to start? It seems you need to know everything before you can learn anything.
In fact, there are just two things you need: experience getting inside the imagery and recognising how it’s speaking to you, and a working knowledge of a reading’s structure. The Foundations Class walks you through these step by step: first the living experience of imagery, then the structure and syntax of a reading. From the start, you’re guided by what you recognise in your own readings, so you can hear what the oracle’s telling you and develop your natural fluency as a reader.
Each week, you’ll go through the lesson materials in your own time (they’re available as video, audio and text) and apply what you’re learning to a reading of your own through an assignment/ experiment. Then at the end of each week, we have a live video meeting for extra practice and Q&A.
(About these dates
April 12th is Easter Sunday, so if the group prefers we might skip class that day – in which case, of course, all the subsequent dates would be pushed back a week, and we’d end on June 28th.)
Working with the Yi is a never-ending joy. To understand its signs one must first start learning. I have read several Yijing books and I have no found better explanations for divination with the Yi than in these lessons.Angel Herrero
How the Class works
Here’s a quick preview video…
Learn at your own pace from video, audio and pdf
The information for each module of the class will be available as video, audio and pdf. User-friendly video controls let you replay sections as often as you want, accelerate playback, or even run a full text search.
I’ve found this works much better than lecturing in a classroom setting, which is almost bound to be too slow or too fast. Instead, we’ll use the ‘classroom’ elements for practice and feedback.
Assignments, experiments and experience
Information without experience is just an unopened book. So there are quizzes along the way, and also a new assignment with each module, to apply what you’ve learned in practice.
Every assignment is based on your own divination experiences – building from single images and hexagrams at first through to many weeks of practice with full readings.
Upside-down learning in weekly video classes
In the old-fashioned classroom, the teacher would deliver a lecture and then leave you on your own to wrestle with the homework. Let’s turn that upside-down: first you absorb the lesson materials at your own pace, and then you can get all the help you need with applying and integrating what you’ve learned. This happens through both the weekly classes and also the private forum.
The live classes come at the end of each week, after you’ve had a chance to absorb the lesson materials and do the assignment. Because you get all the class information through downloads and videos, this frees up the calls for shared interpretation practice (lots of it), exploring and experiencing and playing with the module’s material (warning: some readings done on these calls may not be entirely serious), and – especially – getting your questions answered.
The course was really valuable and I certainly would recommend it highly to other students should you decide to give it again.Tony Louis
What if you miss a call?
A recording will be available shortly after each call. Also, you can ask questions and get feedback at any time through the private forum:
The private class forum: daily feedback and encouragement
This is a secure place to post your assignments for feedback (from me and the whole group), share your experiences and ask questions. Meeting like-minded people here and hearing their voices on the calls means you become part of a community of learning.
Being part of a like-minded group tends to make for fuller and more rapid learning than working on your own. Not only do you have the support of the whole group, you also learn from other people’s learning: their different perspectives, their insights, and the questions they ask that might not have occurred to you. It’s also very valuable to see the theory come to life through other people’s readings as well as your own: learning from experience is best, and learning from a whole variety of other people’s experience too is a potent accelerator.
Another comment from one of last year’s students:
Here’s a comment from a student of one of my first live classes, back in 2008:
It’s a really lovely comment, but the part about ‘taking a while to assimilate it all’ was a warning sign: I was packing in the information without giving people enough time to use and integrate it. And since the first students to take the Foundations Class back in 2015 were very clear that they needed more time for the more in-depth modules towards the end of the class, we invented ‘integration weeks’.
These are weeks simply for breathing space, catching up if you need to, practising with more readings if you like, and generally taking the time to make the tools your own.
Change Circle membership
You’ll have full access to Change Circle for the duration of the Class. That includes…
- the Reading Circle, Dreams & Yi and Yi Academy forums (though you’ll probably mostly be posting in the Class forum)
- WikiWing, our user-created Yijing book
- an extensive library of other Yijing courses and downloads
Optional bonus: extended class with integration months
Another thing I’ve learned from past classes: when we get to the end, there are always a lot of people who want to stay on! It’s partly about the bonds that form within the group, and partly about integration – wanting more time and support as you practise using what you’ve learned in your readings.
So… there’s an optional three month extension to this class, that includes
- continuing access to the private class forum
- monthly video ‘integrating calls’ for Q&A and shared reading practice
- an individual reading walkthrough session with me, which you can book any time during the Class extension
Remember, everyone has lifetime access to the course materials; this is just about ‘extending’ the help and support that goes with them.
In a nutshell
The Class includes:
- lifetime access to the complete Yijing Foundations Course (video, pdf and audio format)
- 12 weeks’ tuition and support through both live video classes and a private, class-only forum
- Change Circle membership for the duration of the Class
I also feel more trust. I feel less likely to ignore the message, if I get the message in the first place that is. It may sound weird but I feel like my awareness has gone through a doorway and suddenly hears things unheard before, and I understand the language more.
Do you own the Yijing Foundations Course? Then log in and use this order form instead, for a nice discount.
No-questions-asked refund policy
I’ve read those ‘refunds only if you can prove you did the work‘ policies and frankly find them obnoxiously mistrustful and finicky. Instead,
if you want a refund any time in the first month of the course, just let me know and I’ll give you your money back.
That’s all – no questions, no fuss.
(I think you’ll know within a month whether you’re enjoying and benefitting from the course as much as you anticipated.)
Comparing the Class and the Course
The Yijing Foundations Course is at the heart of the Class – that’s the syllabus we travel through together – but of course the class setting means you have further explanations, examples, step-by-step exercises and support at every step of the way.
Apparently this makes the Class more beginner-friendly! Here’s a comment from Catherine, who took the Foundations Class last year…